Monta Bell


Director
Monta Bell

Biography

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

China's Little Devils (1945)
Director
The Worst Woman in Paris? (1933)
Director
Downstairs (1932)
Director
Up for Murder (1931)
Director
Personal Maid (1931)
Director
Young Man of Manhattan (1930)
Director
East Is West (1930)
Director
Bellamy Trial (1929)
Director
After Midnight (1927)
Director
Man, Woman, and Sin (1927)
Director
The Boy Friend (1926)
Director
Upstage (1926)
Director
The Torrent (1926)
Director
Lady of the Night (1925)
Director
The King on Main Street (1925)
Director
Pretty Ladies (1925)
Director
Lights of Old Broadway (1925)
Director
The Snob (1924)
Director
How To Educate a Wife (1924)
Director
Broadway After Dark (1924)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Pilgrim (1923)
Policeman

Writer (Feature Film)

The Worst Woman in Paris? (1933)
Adaptation
The Worst Woman in Paris? (1933)
Writer
Up for Murder (1931)
Writer
The Letter (1929)
Dial
Bellamy Trial (1929)
Scen
After Midnight (1927)
Story
Man, Woman, and Sin (1927)
Story
The Popular Sin (1926)
Story
The King on Main Street (1925)
Adaptation
The Snob (1924)
Scen

Producer (Feature Film)

Beyond the Blue Horizon (1942)
Associate Producer
Aloma of the South Seas (1941)
Associate Producer
Birth of the Blues (1941)
Associate Producer
West Point of the Air (1935)
Producer
Men in White (1934)
Producer
Student Tour (1934)
Producer
Applause (1930)
Associate Producer
La grande mare (1930)
Producer
The Big Pond (1930)
Producer
The Cocoanuts (1929)
Producer
The Hole in the Wall (1929)
Supervisor
The Letter (1929)
Supervisor

Editing (Feature Film)

The Letter (1929)
Film Editor
A Woman of Paris (1923)
Editor Director

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Downstairs (1932)
Company
Up for Murder (1931)
Company

Cast (Short)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 1925 Studio Tour (1925)
Himself

Life Events

1924

First film as director

Videos

Movie Clip

Downstairs (1932) - Complete Satisfaction In a screen story he wrote for himself, John Gilbert (as Austrian chauffeur Karl), arrives and plays the consummate cad, with a maid (Marion Lessing), a bride (Virgina Bruce), a Countess (Hedda Hopper) and a Baroness (Olga Baclanova), opening Downstairs, 1932.
Downstairs (1932) - Forgive Me For Watching You First day on the job, conniving chauffeur Karl (John Gilbert) insinuates himself with just-married maid Anna (Virginia Bruce, who was Mrs. Gilbert at the time), her honeymoon on hold, as her husband, butler Albert (Paul Lukas) is required for emergency service, in Downstairs, 1932.
Woman Of Paris, A (1923) - Where Fortune Is Fickle Writer, producer and director Charles Chaplin leaps forward a year, his heroine (Edna Purviance as "Marie") having left her French country town believing she had been forsaken, now in the company of playboy Revel (Adolphe Menjou), having some fun with the food, in what Chaplin offered as his first dramatic film, A Woman Of Paris, 1923.
Woman Of Paris, A (1923) - First Serious Drama Writer, producer and director Charles Chaplin's disclaimer and opening, with clear efforts toward artful effect, introduces his heroine Edna Purviance, her groom Carl Miller, and her detestable father Clarence Geldert, in A Woman Of Paris, 1923.
Letter, The (1929) - No Company But Natives Opening scene, first appearance by famed stage actress Jeanne Eagels in her only surviving sound film, as British rubber-plantation wife Leslie, in the role later played by Bette Davis, with Reginald Owen as her husband Robert, in The Letter, 1929, from the story and play by W.S. Maugham.
Letter, The (1929) - You Wanted The Truth Conventional, early-sound treatment of the incident William Wyler used to open his re-make with Bette Davis, as Leslie (Jeanne Eagels), wife of a British rubber plantation owner, confronts her lover (Herbert Marshall), in The Letter, 1929, based on W.S. Maugham.
Letter, The (1929) - Damned Clever, These Chinese O.P. Heggie as British defense lawyer Joyce in colonial Malaya receives pivotal news from his sneaky assistant On Chi Seng (Tamaki Yoshiwara), his racist catch-phrase closing line not from the original W.S. Maugham play, in the first movie version of The Letter, 1929.
Lady Of The Night (1925) - Chunky Dunn's Girl Norma Shearer very vampy, as the bad-girl Molly in her two-part performance, partying to the jazz, in MGM's Lady Of The Night, 1925, directed by Monta Bell.
Lady Of The Night (1925) - Commencement Day Both her characters having been introduced as infants, Norma Shearer appears as well-bred Florence, then as less-fortunate Molly, early in MGM's Lady Of The Night, 1925, directed by Monta Bell.

Companions

Betty Lawford
Wife

Bibliography