Thursday, September 22, 2022

Don Juan in Camel Coat & Houndstooth Scarf

 "Though happily wed for several years to Elizabeth Allen, a non-professional, Bob Montgomery continues to trample ruthlessly on the affectionate hearts of fair young ladies.  But it's all part of a day's work in pictures for Bob, and we are applauding, not censoring his technique as a Don Juan.  Madge Evans is Bob's new love in a romantic film called Lovers Courageous."


Published in Screen magazine, photo credit given to C. S. Bull.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The Well-Dressed Man To Be

 This photo is stamped Dec., 1929.  So, this is a quite young Mr. Montgomery modeling silk pajamas.  I'm guessing he did not choose his outfit.  Later he would wear silk dressing gowns on the set between takes.  That was a classy look, besides being practical.  This look, however, is, well ... words fail me.  I would say he'd be great to cuddle up to in bed.  

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Dry Wit and a Very Dry Martini

 Robert Benchley was born September 15, 1889 in Worcester, MA.  A truly funny man.  A favorite quote with a Royal theme:  "It is one of the most discouraging experiences I have ever had, not forgetting the time when I winked at the Queen Mother in London once."  


Happy Birthday, Mr. Benchley.  


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

One has to Wonder Why He Never Appeared on the Stage Again

 Interesting Bob article in the October, 1932 issue of Movie Classic magazine.  








For the record, she was only 13 months old.  

Sunday, September 11, 2022

 



Thursday, September 08, 2022

Robert Montgomery Models Swimsuit. Ah, the Price of Stardom!

 I almost missed this ad in the June, 1931 issue of Photoplay Magazine.  Or should I more correctly say I almost missed Bob in this ad.  I had never thought of Bob in a swimsuit ad.  I can only imagine his reaction on finding out his assignment.  Glad he relented.  



Tuesday, September 06, 2022

The Big Guy on Campus ... Not Bob

 Bob catches up with pals in Hollywood while on leave during WWII.  Here he is with old friend George Murphy, seated (left).  George and Bob were classmates for a year at a prep school in New York.  George was the big guy on campus, football hero, etc.  Bob wasn't.  


Fredric March chats up Bob and Betty at a movie premiere.  Seems to be concerning Betty.  


"Old Friends" have a laugh.  Joan Crawford looks like she could be saying, "Bob, you really are in the Navy"!

Thursday, September 01, 2022

It's the Blue Eyes, and the Smile

 One has to wonder how much time young Bob was able to play all his sports ... golf, tennis, polo, hunting, skeet shooting, partying, etc.  What we do know is he was the best-dressed lad at any of his sports.  


I like the head shot.  It is my new wallpaper.  


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

A Good Summer Day Ends falling asleep during a Bob Movie, followed by Pleasant Dreams

 I was putzing on the computer when I checked out TCM and discovered they are showing two of Bob's films, a pleasant surprise.  The Easiest Way (1931) will be available to stream until Sept. 21st.  And When Ladies Meet (1933) can be seen until Sept. 27th.  

Bought a stack of 20+ stills from The Easiest Way recently.  Amazingly, most are double weight with a matte finish...just beautiful prints.  Will share over time, starting with this very romantic photo of Bob and Connie, taken in Yosemite.  I'm so envious of her.  

      Robert Montgomery and Constance Bennett in The Easiest Way


Thursday, August 25, 2022

But, Where's the Smile, Van?

 A handsome lad for sure.  We saw him primarily with a broad smile, but there was a serious side of Van Johnson.  He was quite good in The Caine Mutiny (1954) as Lt. Steve Maryk.   And in Command Decision (1948) and Battleground (1949).   


From chorus boy to Bobby-Soxer star, Van had a successful career that began in the early 1940s, and lasted into the 1990s.  Born in Newport, Rhode Island August 25, 1916.  Happy Birthday, Van Johnson!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

A Little Color Added to Bob's B & W World

 I love it.  A movie about mosquitos, but you have an outdoor love scene without the ever present curse.  

The colored photos aren't that bad, but have never gotten used to the pink cheeks.  


It would be great if at least a few of Bob's movies were in color.  The Gallant Hours (1960) would definitely have worked well in color.  Bob wanted it to be, but the United Artists money people vetoed the idea.  Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) would be fun in color as would Piccadilly Jim (1936).  


Perhaps Vanessa: Her Love Story (1935) would have been saved if made in color.  With that kind of money sunk in the movie, someone surely would have spent the extra effort to produce a decent script.  Whomever decided to chop the movie down from 100+ mins. down to 74 without spending much effort to give it an understandable storyline, should be .... hung!  


Thursday, August 18, 2022

A Poet, an Actor and a Dog Walk into a Bar ...

Carl Sandburg and Robert Montgomery are the two people in this photo.  That is all I know about it.  Because of the presence of greenery intruding upon the pair, I'm guessing they are on a dais, and Bob was a great master of ceremony which might explain why those two are together having a chat.  I'm also guessing Bob is telling a joke and Sandburg is bracing himself for the punchline.  


Hey, unless you have a better idea ... 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Killer Rules!

 One of the August Bob Ladies and the one Bob lady overall that has outlasted them all, Ann Blyth is celebrating her 94th birthday today.  Happy Birthday, Killer!  You will always have a special place in the hearts of Robert Montgomery fans.  

                    Ann Blyth in Once More, My Darling (1949)


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Not Even 5 Foot Two!

 Helen Hayes was 5 feet even.  A small lady, even for her time.  In this publicity shot for Vanessa, Bob must be sitting on a stool, at least I doubt someone would ask 'The First Lady of Stage' to stand on a box next to Bob.  But how could such a diminutive person have such a demanding presence on the stage?  Compare Bob and Helen's heads, and then their faces.  I'm guessing their heads are close to equal in width, but Helen's face is significantly larger.  Notice how far apart her eyes are.  Yes, a big face for a small lady.  It catches your attention.  

            Bob and Helen Hayes in Vanessa, Her Love Story (1935)

So does Bob's....It's those blue eyes.  

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Bob had to deal with a lot of Leo's - Seven Leading Ladies

Yes, another publicity shot of Bob and Dorothy Jordan for Love in the Rough (1930).  The PR department certainly used up its budget for the movie.  Glad they did.  The photos are more worth seeing than the movie.  Well, except for the opportunity to hear Bob croon and also see him without his pants.  Meanwhile......Dorothy was born August 9, 1906, in Clarksville, Tennessee.  She auditioned for Melanie in Gone With the Wind.  Yes, I can see that.   

            Bob and Dorothy Jordan in Love in the Rough (1930)
 

And Norma Shearer was born August 10, 1902.  Selznick considered Norma for the role of Scarlett in GWTW.  Sorry, Norma, that was Vivien Leigh's role, totally.  But, you got to make 5 movies with Robert Montgomery.  Tough, wasn't it.  

                    Bob and Norma Shearer in Riptide (1934) 

Thursday, August 04, 2022

A Look at the Real Reggie

 It took me the longest time to be able to visualize Reginald Owen when I saw his name in print.  Mr. Owen was just a great character actor.  So many roles, so many characters.  Kind of the opposite of John Wayne playing basically the same role in many movies.  (Hey, whatever works!)  

Owen's birthday is tomorrow, August 5th.  He was in seven of Bob's movies,  need to decide which one to watch as a birthday tribute.  Owen was great fun as Bob's brother in The Man in Possession (1931), and I could use a good laugh.  Yeah, that sounds like a winner.  

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Happy Birthday, Myrna!

 Myrna Williams was born August 2, 1905 in Helena, Montana.  In 1918 her dad died, Mom moved the family to Los Angeles and Myrna obtained a last name more fitting a young Hollywood vamp ... Loy. By the time Bob and Myrna were co-stars in When Ladies Meet (1933), Myrna had already appeared in 75 movies, compared to Bob's 25, and she was 5 years younger!   I mean, she hadn't even started The Thin Man series as yet and stays busy in films into her 70's.  Quite an impressive career for a totally impressive lady.  

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Wonder if Bill Went out in Public with his Red Hair

 A favorite movie of mine, Life with Father (1947), starred two of my favorite people, William Powell and Irene Dunne.  Directed by Michael Curtiz and with a screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, it is (surprise!) a delightful movie.  


Bill and Irene ... made for quite the handsome couple.  


And a big round of applause for the costume department at Warner Bros for Irene's gorgeous outfit.  Someone, more likely somebodies, spent long hours on this creation.  Bravo.


Tuesday, July 26, 2022

34 and Just Darn Handsome

Rather like this photo of Bob taken in his library at home.  He looks comfortable, with himself and his surroundings.  Or maybe it's just the tie.   

                              1938 Photograph by Willinger

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Did Bob & Betty Ever Like Each Other?

 I have seen good number of photos of Bob and Betty.  In most of them, they are going to or coming from New York or England or arriving at a Hollywood event.  The only physical contact in any of them is Betty holding Bob's offered arm, pure formality.  In this photo from 1935, Betty has placed her hand on Bob's forearm, with a 'This Man is Mine' look.  To me, there's no showing of feelings by one for the other, as with most of their photos.  


Of course the public appearances of show people is not much solid ground to determine anything real about them.  But the photo below shows two people who care for each other.  Notice how Bob has reached out to grab Buffy's arm.  He's grinning and looking directly at her, not the cameraman.  A happy couple.  Good for them.


P.S.  I copied the 2nd photo from the old Earl of Hollywood blog site.  It reminds me how much I miss that blog.  There was just so much information.  I copied a lot from it for my own files fearing it would be shut down, which it was.  Drats.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Bob Looking Dapper in the Rare Black Suit

Bette Davis will appear with Robert Montgomery and Basil Rathbone in the first all-dramatic program of the ''Screen Guild Show'' series on Sunday, January 22 (1939).  Their play is a dramatic original entitled ''Can We Forget" by Mary McCall one of Hollywood's leading scenarists.  George Murphy will be master of ceremonies and Oscar Bradley music director of the broadcast over WABC-Columbia network at 7:30 p.m., EST.  

 

Highly unfavorable hair style Ms. Davis is wearing.  The dress is on the dowdy side as well ... but the mink coat is always a plus.  You'll note there are no smiles in the first photo, but big smiles in the second.  Like maybe they finally saw the cameraman?  


Thursday, July 14, 2022

Happy 123rd Birthday (Wow!), Mr. Cagney

 James Francis Cagney was born on July 17, 1899, in New York City, New York.  Died in 1986 at the age of 86.  In between, he made a few movies and became a real star.  It's extremely difficult to dislike Mr. Cagney on the screen.  

Cagney was a redhead with extremely fair-haired facial hair.  They had to darken his eyebrows and lashes for his screen roles.  Note in the photo below that his right eyebrow is highlighted only with a slim dark line.  Somewhat feminine, but a great accent.  Definitely catches your attention, in a good way.  

                                   James Cagney, c. 1931

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Tall, Lean and So Young

       Ernest Torrence, Joan Crawford and Bob in Untamed (1929)




                                            Cute, too!



Friday, July 01, 2022

Happy 4th of July! Enjoy the Long Weekend!

 

"They finally signed the Declaration!  Time to Celebrate!"  So calls out 20-year-old Jane Wyman.

P.S.  See you next on the 12th --- It's a long Week for me!

Thursday, June 30, 2022

I just can't see our Bob swinging a baseball bat; a polo mallet or golf club, yes, but a bat, no!

 I have to admit it.  I love the synopsis of Death on the Diamond (1934), starring Robert Young and Madge Evans.  "Pop Clark is about to lose his baseball team, unless they can win the pennant so he can pay off debts.  He hires ace player Larry Kelly to ensure the victory.  As well as rival teams, mobsters are trying to prevent the wins, and as the pennant race nears the end, Pop's star players begin to be killed, on and off the field.  Can Larry romance Pop's daughter, win enough games, and still have time to stop a murderer before he strikes more than three times?"  

Robert Young, Madge Evans, Joe Sawyer and Director Edward Sedgwick (seated foreground) on the set of Death on the Diamond


Robert Young often said that he got the roles Bob Montgomery and others did not want to do.  Yeah, I don't see our Bob in a baseball uniform.  And it seems a bit strange to see Madge in the arms of Bob Young, not Montgomery.  Really, Madge.

By the way, Madge was born on July 1st.  Lets give a shout-out for Ms. Evans!  

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Modest Montgomery? Well .........

 I rather enjoyed this article, I believe was written in 1938.  Hope you do too.