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One of the best, period!
I grew up watching these priceless old movies and always knew of Robert Montgomery as an actor in the few movies I'd seen him in (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, They Were Expendable and Here Comes Mr. Jordan mostly). It wasn't until I started to see all the great movies he did in the early 30's that I realized what a fantastic actor he really was. Thanks to TCM I've been able to really appreciate his career and his movies. He really was a smooth and versatile actor. I especially like his movies with Norma Shearer. I have to agree that he's quite under rated when people speak of the actors from the golden age. He's become one of my favorite actors along with William Powell and Dorothy McGuire. Bottom line for me is if he's in a movie, I'll watch it.
- Debra Bullock
It's a mystery to me just why this multitalented actor/director/producer has been so forgotten. Not only was he an excellent comedic actor (his timing was flawless), but his dramatic skills were phenomenal as well. No one could react quite like Bob Montgomery. Be those reactions exaggerated (in comedy), or extremely subtle (in drama), you could read what was going on in the scene in his face. It's too bad he was not afforded the opportunity to do more dramatic work, he was so good at it. Please, please show more Robert Montgomery films.
- Pat Ryan
Not sure, but I get the impression Robert Montgomery was underated for his acting abilities as he is often associated with light fare. However, in a film (do not know the name) with Dame May Witty (? spelling) and Rosiland Russel he demonstrates a very convincing psychotic (near chilling) performance, while managing to gain symathy for the character. I would love to buy the film which I have seen twice on TCM. Is this possible?
Night Must Fall; Great
Robert Montgomery was great in the little known movie "Night Must Fall". He was cast against character as the rough Irish psychopathic killer and he gave an acting Tour De Force.
REMARKABLE ACTOR & MAN
I wish I could have known RM.....I enjoy his movies very much and wish they were shown more often. He had a diversified business background besides his acting career and achieved respect from all who knew him. I am a huge fan!
- Jan K
I've loved his performances in When Ladies Meet and Petticoat Fever - both with Myrna Loy. It's is open, accessible manner that is appealing.
he was a cuty and good actor.
Love This Guy: What a Talent
- Annie Laurie
Wonderful, funny, dapper, handsome and IMO underrated actor with loads of talent. Some of my favorites: Night Must Fall, The Divorcee, June Bride and Here Comes Mr. Jordan to name a few. If not for my fellow TCM fan and friend Renee, I would not have known about this fine actor, his depth as an artist or the length of his career. TCM play more Montgomery films, and run When Night Falls again...it is great!
Thank you, TCM, for highlighting the work of Mr. Montgomery for is birthday. It gave me a chance to view nearly unknown titles and see a broader sampling of his work. He is striking in front of a camera and simply oozes charm. Although I disdain comparison of classic actors (as there will only ever be one of them), Montgomery reminds one of Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart and an Irish rascal rolled into one. MORE ROBERT MONTGOMERY, TCM!
We need more Robert Montgomery
The TCM viewers deserve to be educated and exposed to more of Montgomery's work. I was almost unaware of the work of this multi-talented artist until several years ago when, being bedridden, I was fortunate to come upon his work on TCM. I became intrigued, and began to seek his films out whenever they appeared on TCM, and the range of the man's ability to play was shocking. I mean, look at him. He's got the "suave" factor of a Cary Grant, the comedic timing, of a William Powell, and the cuteness of..well, of Robert Montgomery!! I haven't seen much lately of Robert on TCM. Let's fix it!!! It would be great to see one of TCM's mini-doc's on the man, similar to what you've so tastefully done on Harlow. As Griffin, says, "I don't want her to fade away." Let's not let it happen to this great actor. OK, so he was Miss Bewitched's daddy. He taught he more than how to wiggle that nose!
Ah, that adorable smile... I'm just starting to explore the interesting formula of versatility and charm that is Robert Montgomery. I have only seen a handful of Montgomery films and already he is one of my all-time favorite actors (that should be a testament to him right there). He's one of the sexiest actors I have ever had the privilege of viewing... You can have all those washed up actors in todays market. Robert Montgomery is a breath of fresh air and I dare to breath deep! His earlier films are really something to treasure and watch over and over again. He was masterful in [i]Night Must Fall[/i], 1937. Only he could play such a murderous creep and still make the girl (and the audience) fall in love with him; feel compassion for him. That's just the essence of what he brings to the screen, a likeability that overshadows any character imperfections a writer could come up with. In another great little film, [i]Hide-Out[/i], 1934; Montgomery plays a Don Juan city-slicker who finds love in the most unlikely of places. After watching, you understand Robert Montgomery makes romancing the ladies an art form all by itself. Obviously, Montgomery is not one of the most remembered actors in today's classic films; but I think it's simply because his films are not highlighted enough (got that, TCM?). Certainly could not be for Montgomery himself; for he seems to give everything he has to offer into every role he plays. Don't take it from me! See for yourself: It's more than enough.
You can have any of the sex symbols today! Robert Montgomery has the charisma, humor, and charm that surpasses even the best of today's actors. He is a wonderful secret that should be shared with young movie lovers.
Robert Montgomery seems to fit any character he slips into. His versatility is part of what makes him such an excellent actor and so much fun to watch. I haven't met a Montgomery movie yet that I didn't enjoy and this is due in a huge way to the talents of this excellent actor.
- a turk
Why is he not better known? Those wonderful facial expressions make him one of my favorite actors. And I'd never even heard of him until a few years ago! I am greatly enjoying getting to know his movies! They don't make 'em like they used to...
More of Robert Montgomery!
I never appreciated this actor/director fully until fairly recently. I was happy that he was made Star of the Month for January (although I was quite unhappy when he was pre-empted one Monday). One really needs to see a cross-section of his work to realize how versatile and nuanced he could be in both acting and directing. From his debonair black sheep in "The Man in Possession" to his sexually menacing murderous bad boy in "Night Must Fall", also to his poignant turn (partially as co-director as well)in "They Were Expendable", he went on to direct and act in the intriguing film noirs "The Lady of the Lake" and "Ride the Pink Horse". I truly think he is under-appreciated and unjustly (semi)forgotten. I, too, have made my husband a fan. I hope I can make more. So, give us more of Robert Mongomery!
Odd Success of Robt. Montgomery
- Alan Zachary
I've never quite understood his appeal...he never seems quite comfortable in his debonair parts (that NY accent), he appears to be stretching beyond his reach as a tough guy, and I never feel the menace in his most famous role (Night Must Fall). Many others could have played his part in Mr. Jordan just as well if not better. Still, he's powerfully understated in They Were Expendable and his direction for Lady in the Lake is an imaginative failure. I'm also perplexed about his HUAC testimony...did he name names?
Robert Montgomery? AND HOW!!!
Thank you for showing what a truly wonderful & versatile actor this man was. Every role was absolutely believable. I was a little disappointed when you preempted his day with Shelley Winters, God rest her soul, but... ANyway, I would love to buy any and all of the movies this man has made. My husband even got into them.
The Lovable Robert Montgomery
- Kristin Dewey
TCM- Thank you for showing Bob's movies this month. I could rant and rave about how talented he was but his movies say it better than I ever could. This month was my birthday and imagine my excitement when I saw him on the cover of Now Playing..Happy Birthday to me! If you could, could you possibly put under his section a screen saver of just him? Although I am only 34 he has become my favorite actor and am hoping you will put out a box set for Mr. Montgomery soon. Although he was not a Garbo or Flynn, he still deserves a box set for he is mesmerizing to watch on screen. If you do I will be the first in line.
One of the Best!
What a talent. He was so versatile. Please play more Robert Montgomery movies. Do you think there will be a collection of his movies for sale soon. One of the best actors ever. Should never be forgotten.
Please play more of Robert Montgomery's movies. I was so very dissappointed to see that you dropped his movies last Monday ****ht, I had waited so long to see them. He is a very talented man and hope to see more of him on TCM...please?
- ELIZABETH PAYNE
AN EXCELLENT HANDSOME ACTOR. IT'S TOO BAD YOU DON'T SHOW HIS MOVIES OFTEN. I WAS REALLY SUPRISED TO SEE YOU PLAY 49 OF HIS MOVIES FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY, HOWEVER, EIGHT MOVIES WERE DROPPED FROM THE JANUARY 23 LINE UP. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY. I WAITED 4 YEARS FOR YOU TO PLAY HIS MOVIE FROM 1931 - SHIPMATES. I RATE THIS ACTOR A DEFINITE 10. THERE ARE QUITE OF US, HIS FANS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF THIS DAPPER HANDSOME ACTOR ON TCM. THANK YOU. ELIZABETH PAYNE