Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Full Monty















"If you are lucky enough to be a success, by all means enjoy the applause and the adulation of the public. But never, never believe it."

Robert Montgomery (21st May 1904 – 27th September 1981)

Facts about Mr Montgomery:
  • When Billy Haines - read my blog about him - refused to hide his homosexuality and marry a woman (and was fired from MGM), it was Robert Montgomery who landed all the romantic leading roles that were originally meant for Mr Haines.
  • He was Norma Shearer's chosen co-star in three movies, and he also starred alongside Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Marion Davies, Carole Lombard, Greta Garbo, Rosalind Russell and many other of the greatest Hollywood stars.
  • Mr Montgomery was (to his discredit) a star witness in the McCarthy trials, and subsequently worked as "style consultant" to (Republican) President Eisenhower.
  • He was widely considered to be one of the best dressed men in Hollywood and for years did not carry a wallet because it ruined the drape of his suits.
  • His (perhaps more famously remembered) daughter was Elizabeth Montgomery ("Samantha" in Bewitched).

5 comments:

  1. I always found Mr. Montgomery unsufferably prissy as a leading man, and that was before I learned of his politics! The only film of his I like is when he went completely against type and used his smarminess to excellent effect as a psychotic killer in Night Must Fall.

    When he and Bette did the ill-fated comedy June Bride, they clashed worse than she did with JC. He later described her comedy technique as "elephantine"!

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    1. By all accounts an unlikeable man, but heavens! Wasn't he pretty? Jx

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  2. Never found him physically appealing. His Metro cohorts and interchangeable leading men, Franchot Tone and Robert Young, well, that's another story...

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  3. Congratulations, darling -- you've been shouted out in a SSUWAT post!

    http://stirredstraightup.blogspot.com/2013/05/high-tone.html

    (Do the kids still "shout out"?)

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    1. Daaahling! Moi? Down with the kids?

      "There was a time I was out there. I was hip. I was dangerous. The zeitgeist blew from me!" - Eddie Monsoon.

      Jx

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