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Monty Woolley

His distinctive white beard was "his trademark" and he is best known for his role in The Man Who Came to Dinner.

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Monty WoolleyThe Man Who Came to Dinner was a spoof written to make fun of a very specific person, well known American critic and commentator, Alexander Woollcott. Although Woollcott was every bit as exasperating and hard to deal with as Sheridan “Sherry” Whiteside. Woollcott loved the play because the character caught how utterly wrapped up in himself that he wouldn’t have a clue how eccentric he seemed to others, or how demanding he could be.

Woollcott liked the play so much that he was offered the opportunity to play the role himself in the premier. Of course, he was far too busy to be bothered, so the role went to Monty Woolley, who was perfect. You see, Wooley was every bit as eccentric as Sherry or Woollcott.

Edgar Montillion Woolley, born 1888 in Manhattan, grew up in the highest of social circles. His father owned the Bristol Hotel, and Monty went to both Yale and Harvard; as an undergrad at Yale, then earning master’s degrees from both Harvard and Yale, and eventually filling the post as an assistant professor at Yale. As an undergraduate, he became intimate friends with composer Cole Porter, and while he was teaching his students included Thornton Wilder and Stephen Vincent Benet.

In his teaching days, Woolley was an assistant professor of English and a drama coach. He began directing on Broadway in 1929 and began acting professionally after leaving academics in 1936. During the 1920’s, he and Porter had been part of the Broadway gay underground, and several biographies of the composer mention their exploits cruising low class brothels and waterfront bars in search of conquests. The pair must have been a hard to forget sight in such venues, both dressed in the highest fashion and Woolley with his trademark, neatly trimmed and coiffed white beard.

Following his Broadway success in The Man Who Came to Dinner in 1939, Woolley signed with 20th Century Fox and made a number of films during the 1940’s, including reprising his role in The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942). One of his most charming performances was as an atheistic professor who is charmed by an angel played by Cary Grant in The Bishop’s wife (1947).

Monty on NBCWooley enjoyed appearing on radio as a guest performer. He was an occasional foil for Al Jolson as well as for Fred Allen. He also appeared multiple times on  Duffy’s Tavern, The Big Show, and The Chase and Sanborn Hour with Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen. In 1950, he landed his own show on NBC radio as The Magnificent Montague. Montague is a former Shakespearean actor who circumstances have forced to take a role in radio as “Uncle Goodheart”.

Woolley’s last film was in Kismet (1955). He returned to radio for a while until failing health forced him to retire. He passed away in 1963 from heart and kidney troubles. He was 74 years-old.

In 1943, Monty Woolley’s hand-prints and beard were impressed into the cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6542 Hollywood Blvd honors Monty Woolley’s contributions to Motion Pictures. Although the Star is listed in the Motion Picture category, it was cast with the symbol for Television. No one has bothered to change it.

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    total playtime 24 hours, 54 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 24 hours 54 minutes
      1. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430105 Monte Wooley.mp3
      2. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430119 Monty Wooley.mp3
      3. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430126 Monty Wooley.mp3
      4. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430330 Colgate.mp3
      5. Bergen Mccarthy 470309 W Monty Woolley.mp3
      6. Big Show 510225 Jack Haley Paul Kelly.mp3
      7. Duffys Tavern 441222 151 Christmas Program Monty Woolley.mp3
      8. Fred Allen Show 4549 451111 045 Mr. Mob Buster.mp3
      9. Fred Allen Show 471228 129 Fred Sue Return Cuckoo Clock.mp3
      10. Gi Journal 450413 090 Monty Woolley, William Bendix.mp3
      11. Kraft Music Hall 430105 Monty Woolley.mp3
      12. Magnificent Montague 500112 Audition Show.mp3
      13. Magnificent Montague 501110 01 Starting Role In Radio.mp3
      14. Magnificent Montague 501117 02 Day After 1st Uncle Goodh.mp3
      15. Magnificent Montague 501124 03 Romeo.mp3
      16. Magnificent Montague 501201 04 Removing Beard.mp3
      17. Magnificent Montague 501208 05 Agnes Quits.mp3
      18. Magnificent Montague 501215 06 $1,000.00 Prize.mp3
      19. Magnificent Montague 501222 07 Child Visits.mp3
      20. Magnificent Montague 510105 09 Montagues Father.mp3
      21. Magnificent Montague 510112 10 Movie Offer.mp3
      22. Magnificent Montague 510119 11 Hollywood To Film Macbet.mp3
      23. Magnificent Montague 510126 12 Screen Test.mp3
      24. Magnificent Montague 510202 13 Sharing Bungalow.mp3
      25. Magnificent Montague 510209 14 Twentyfifth Wedding Anni.mp3
      26. Magnificent Montague 510216 15 New Playwright From Kentu.mp3
      27. Magnificent Montague 510223 16 Measles.mp3
      28. Magnificent Montague 510309 18 Edwin Thinks Hes In Winc.mp3
      29. Magnificent Montague 510316 19 Diet.mp3
      30. Magnificent Montague 510406 22 Living On Budget No G.mp3
      31. Magnificent Montague 510413 23 Road Show.mp3
      32. Magnificent Montague 510420 24 Shakespear On Radio.mp3
      33. Magnificent Montague 510504 26 South Pacific Auditions.mp3
      34. Magnificent Montague 510512 27 Baby In House.mp3
      35. Magnificent Montague 510519 28 Ed Mcclane.mp3
      36. Magnificent Montague 510526 29 Montagues Surprise Birth.mp3
      37. Magnificent Montague 510609 31 Playing Shakespeare For P.mp3
      38. Magnificent Montague 510616 32 Father Of Year.mp3
      39. Magnificent Montague 510623 33 Culture In Brooklyn.mp3
      40. Magnificent Montague 510630 34 July Fourth.mp3
      41. Magnificent Montague 510721 37 Edwin Montague Day.mp3
      42. Magnificent Montague 510728 38 Neighbor Girl Gwendolyn V.mp3
      43. Magnificent Montague 510804 39 Edwin Judges Neediest Ac.mp3
      44. Magnificent Montague 510811 40 Agnes Joins Cult.mp3
      45. Magnificent Montague 510825 42 Lily Gets Dog.mp3
      46. Magnificent Montague 510908 44 Boo Boo Foo Foo.mp3
      47. Mail Call 441227 125 D Shore, C Ramirez, J Durante.mp3
      48. News 441106 Democratic National Committee Program.mp3
      49. Screen Guild Theater 430816 157 Pied Piper.mp3
      50. Your Radio Almanac 440412 12 Monte Woolley.mp3
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    50 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 24 hours, 54 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 24 hours 54 minutes
      1. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430105 Monte Wooley.mp3
      2. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430119 Monty Wooley.mp3
      3. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430126 Monty Wooley.mp3
      4. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430330 Colgate.mp3
      5. Bergen Mccarthy 470309 W Monty Woolley.mp3
      6. Big Show 510225 Jack Haley Paul Kelly.mp3
      7. Duffys Tavern 441222 151 Christmas Program Monty Woolley.mp3
      8. Fred Allen Show 4549 451111 045 Mr. Mob Buster.mp3
      9. Fred Allen Show 471228 129 Fred Sue Return Cuckoo Clock.mp3
      10. Gi Journal 450413 090 Monty Woolley, William Bendix.mp3
      11. Kraft Music Hall 430105 Monty Woolley.mp3
      12. Magnificent Montague 500112 Audition Show.mp3
      13. Magnificent Montague 501110 01 Starting Role In Radio.mp3
      14. Magnificent Montague 501117 02 Day After 1st Uncle Goodh.mp3
      15. Magnificent Montague 501124 03 Romeo.mp3
      16. Magnificent Montague 501201 04 Removing Beard.mp3
      17. Magnificent Montague 501208 05 Agnes Quits.mp3
      18. Magnificent Montague 501215 06 $1,000.00 Prize.mp3
      19. Magnificent Montague 501222 07 Child Visits.mp3
      20. Magnificent Montague 510105 09 Montagues Father.mp3
      21. Magnificent Montague 510112 10 Movie Offer.mp3
      22. Magnificent Montague 510119 11 Hollywood To Film Macbet.mp3
      23. Magnificent Montague 510126 12 Screen Test.mp3
      24. Magnificent Montague 510202 13 Sharing Bungalow.mp3
      25. Magnificent Montague 510209 14 Twentyfifth Wedding Anni.mp3
      26. Magnificent Montague 510216 15 New Playwright From Kentu.mp3
      27. Magnificent Montague 510223 16 Measles.mp3
      28. Magnificent Montague 510309 18 Edwin Thinks Hes In Winc.mp3
      29. Magnificent Montague 510316 19 Diet.mp3
      30. Magnificent Montague 510406 22 Living On Budget No G.mp3
      31. Magnificent Montague 510413 23 Road Show.mp3
      32. Magnificent Montague 510420 24 Shakespear On Radio.mp3
      33. Magnificent Montague 510504 26 South Pacific Auditions.mp3
      34. Magnificent Montague 510512 27 Baby In House.mp3
      35. Magnificent Montague 510519 28 Ed Mcclane.mp3
      36. Magnificent Montague 510526 29 Montagues Surprise Birth.mp3
      37. Magnificent Montague 510609 31 Playing Shakespeare For P.mp3
      38. Magnificent Montague 510616 32 Father Of Year.mp3
      39. Magnificent Montague 510623 33 Culture In Brooklyn.mp3
      40. Magnificent Montague 510630 34 July Fourth.mp3
      41. Magnificent Montague 510721 37 Edwin Montague Day.mp3
      42. Magnificent Montague 510728 38 Neighbor Girl Gwendolyn V.mp3
      43. Magnificent Montague 510804 39 Edwin Judges Neediest Ac.mp3
      44. Magnificent Montague 510811 40 Agnes Joins Cult.mp3
      45. Magnificent Montague 510825 42 Lily Gets Dog.mp3
      46. Magnificent Montague 510908 44 Boo Boo Foo Foo.mp3
      47. Mail Call 441227 125 D Shore, C Ramirez, J Durante.mp3
      48. News 441106 Democratic National Committee Program.mp3
      49. Screen Guild Theater 430816 157 Pied Piper.mp3
      50. Your Radio Almanac 440412 12 Monte Woolley.mp3
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    50 recordings on 25 Audio CDs
    total playtime 23 hours, 26 min

    Monty Woolley Disc A001

    1. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430105 Monte Wooley
    2. Kraft Music Hall 430105 Monty Woolley

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    Monty Woolley Disc A002

    1. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430119 Monty Wooley
    2. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430126 Monty Wooley

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    Monty Woolley Disc A003

    1. Al Jolson Colgate Program 430330 Colgate
    2. Screen Guild Theater 430816 157 Pied Piper

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    Monty Woolley Disc A004

    1. Your Radio Almanac 440412 12 Monte Woolley

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    Monty Woolley Disc A005

    1. News 441106 Democratic National Committee Program

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    Monty Woolley Disc A006

    1. Duffys Tavern 441222 151 Christmas Program Monty Woolley
    2. Mail Call 441227 125 D Shore, C Ramirez, J Durante

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    Monty Woolley Disc A007

    1. Gi Journal 450413 090 Monty Woolley, William Bendix
    2. Fred Allen Show 4549 451111 045 Mr. Mob Buster

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    Monty Woolley Disc A008

    1. Bergen Mccarthy 470309 W Monty Woolley
    2. Fred Allen Show 471228 129 Fred Sue Return Cuckoo Clock

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    Monty Woolley Disc A009

    1. Magnificent Montague 500112 Audition Show
    2. Magnificent Montague 501110 01 Starting Role In Radio

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    Monty Woolley Disc A010

    1. Magnificent Montague 501117 02 Day After 1st Uncle Goodh
    2. Magnificent Montague 501124 03 Romeo

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    Monty Woolley Disc A011

    1. Magnificent Montague 501201 04 Removing Beard
    2. Magnificent Montague 501208 05 Agnes Quits
    3. Magnificent Montague 501215 06 $1,000.00 Prize

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    Monty Woolley Disc A012

    1. Magnificent Montague 501222 07 Child Visits
    2. Magnificent Montague 510105 09 Montagues Father

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    Monty Woolley Disc A013

    1. Magnificent Montague 510112 10 Movie Offer
    2. Magnificent Montague 510119 11 Hollywood To Film Macbet

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    Monty Woolley Disc A014

    1. Magnificent Montague 510126 12 Screen Test
    2. Magnificent Montague 510202 13 Sharing Bungalow

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    Monty Woolley Disc A015

    1. Magnificent Montague 510209 14 Twentyfifth Wedding Anni
    2. Magnificent Montague 510216 15 New Playwright From Kentu

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    Monty Woolley Disc A016

    1. Magnificent Montague 510223 16 Measles
    2. Magnificent Montague 510309 18 Edwin Thinks Hes In Winc

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    Monty Woolley Disc A017

    1. Magnificent Montague 510316 19 Diet
    2. Magnificent Montague 510406 22 Living On Budget No G

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    Monty Woolley Disc A018

    1. Magnificent Montague 510413 23 Road Show
    2. Magnificent Montague 510420 24 Shakespear On Radio

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    Monty Woolley Disc A019

    1. Magnificent Montague 510504 26 South Pacific Auditions
    2. Magnificent Montague 510512 27 Baby In House

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    Monty Woolley Disc A020

    1. Magnificent Montague 510519 28 Ed Mcclane
    2. Magnificent Montague 510526 29 Montagues Surprise Birth

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    Monty Woolley Disc A021

    1. Magnificent Montague 510609 31 Playing Shakespeare For P
    2. Magnificent Montague 510616 32 Father Of Year

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    Monty Woolley Disc A022

    1. Magnificent Montague 510623 33 Culture In Brooklyn
    2. Magnificent Montague 510630 34 July Fourth

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    Monty Woolley Disc A023

    1. Magnificent Montague 510721 37 Edwin Montague Day
    2. Magnificent Montague 510728 38 Neighbor Girl Gwendolyn V

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    Monty Woolley Disc A024

    1. Magnificent Montague 510804 39 Edwin Judges Neediest Ac
    2. Magnificent Montague 510811 40 Agnes Joins Cult

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    Monty Woolley Disc A025

    1. Magnificent Montague 510825 42 Lily Gets Dog
    2. Magnificent Montague 510908 44 Boo Boo Foo Foo

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