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Discovering the Multi-Talented Robert Montgomery

One of the great things about the fact that there are so many classic movie blogs out there is that you can find such a diverse range of opinions among the bloggers about various old movies and old movie stars. Reading other blogs is a good way to get turned on to actors and actresses you may not have otherwise paid much attention to. Although I certainly have my favorites whose films I often gravitate to, I’m always open to learning more about others’ favorites that I may not know very well.

A question in a recent survey I filled out asked readers to name their favorite actor named Robert. When I saw that several of the survey participants answered Robert Montgomery, it made me realize I didn’t know a whole lot about him. I figured if a lot of people considered him their favorite when there are so many other Roberts to choose from; Mitchum, Taylor, Redford, and De Niro to name just a few, he must be worth checking out. So the other day I watched him in the movie Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), and I have to say that I found him to be quite charming and a good actor, and I will definitely be checking out more of his movies. Continue reading »

George Cukor: Not Just a “Woman’s Director”

When I thought of writing about my favorite old movie director, the first thing I thought to do was decide between Frank Capra and Alfred Hitchcock.  I love so many of the movies they’ve directed that they are usually the first names that come to mind when thinking about my favorites.  But after deciding to take a look at a few other popular directors, I realized that George Cukor could also be considered a serious candidate. When looking at the list of films directed by George Cukor, I was reminded that he had directed many of my favorites including Holiday, Gaslight, and the film that originally helped me discover my love of old movies, The Philadelphia Story.

George Cukor with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Philadelphia Story

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