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Robert Montgomery Collection

He was an actor, a pioneering director, an astute political operator, a naval warrior, and a labor organizer who was also an ardent anti-Communist.

58 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 42 hours, 12 min)
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Robert MontgomeryMany collection have been of great Hollywood Actors, and this one is no exception until you consider that Robert Montgomery was so much more than just a great actor. He was also a pioneering director, an astute political operator, a naval warrior, and a labor organizer who was also an ardent anti-Communist.

Montgomery was born into a life of privilege in Fishkill Landing, NY, 1904, as the son of a vice-president of the New York Rubber Company. The MGM publicity department would later inflate just how well off the family was in order to promote a wealthy playboy image. In fact, Montgomery traveled to Europe for his education in 1918 and had to return when his father jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge in 1922. Only then was it revealed that the estate was penniless. Robert worked as a mechanic’s helper in a railroad yard and as an engine room wiper on an oil tanker before settling in New York City to try his hand at writing.

None of the stories or plays he wrote at this time were published, but his plays helped him to land work as a stagehand, from which he proceeded into acting. The movie scouts did notice him at this point, only to tell him that his neck was too long for film work. In 1928, he married actress and socialite Elizabeth Allen, and in 1929, the couple decided to move out West and try their luck in Hollywood. He had worked on stage with George Cukor, and Cukor helped Montgomery land a contract with MGM where he debuted in This is College (1929).

Beginning with his first film, Robert began talking to and learning from the camera operators, the sound crew, the electricians, and the set designers, everyone who was involved in the collaborative effort of making a movie. Montgomery developed a reputation for being a talented screen presence as well as someone directors liked to work with, and he went from project to project. His popularity helped to get him elected as president of the Screen Actors Guild for the first of four terms in 1935. SAG was created in 1933 after the Producer’s Association announced their intention of cutting actors pay by 50%. At first, actors were reluctant to form a union; rather than laborers they saw themselves as artists who worked in collaboration with producers. Montgomery and many other actors felt that SAG should be more of a club than a labor union (Montgomery was one of the members who loaned the Guild money after a failed 1934 fundraiser wiped out the treasury). However, after his election as president, Montgomery worked to make SAG part of the American Federation of Labor.

Robert MontgomerySAG boycotted the 1936 Oscars and struck for recognition in 1937. When the mob tried to extend its influence over the actor’s union, Montgomery responded by hiring a pair of former FBI agents to collect information on the mobsters, which he then turned over to the Treasury Department.

While he was struggling to get the Guild off the ground, Montgomery was working to change the direction of his own career. He realized that he would not be able to do playboy parts forever, even if the studio didn’t. He lobbied hard to play Danny, the psychopathic killer in Night Must Fall (1937). Montgomery impressed the critics who had previously seen him as an eternal pretty-boy and was nominated for Best Actor, although the Oscar went to Spencer Tracy for Captains Courageous.

When the War broke out in Europe, Montgomery went against the studio’s wishes by quietly volunteering for the American Field Service in London, and became an ambulance driver in France until the Dunkirk evacuation. When America officially entered the War, he and his friend Douglas Fairbanks Jr. joined the Navy. He worked in the Naval Attachés office in London and helped to set up the Naval operations office in the White House. In 1942, he saw action in the South Pacific at Noumea, Espiritu Santo, and Guadalcanal, and commanded a PT boat. He was the operations officer on the USS Barton (DD-722) during the Normandy Invasion.

After mustering out, Montgomery was offered top billing over John Wayne in They Were Expendable (1945). Montgomery let director John Ford know that he was especially nervous about the role, not having been in front of the camera in more than three years. Ford gave Montgomery the time he needed to prepare but rode Wayne especially hard since the Duke did not serve in uniform during the War. Ford fell from a scaffold while filming on location in Florida, and Montgomery and Wayne were in his hospital room when a studio executive called to see when he would be coming back. Ford roared into the phone "I’m not coming back… I’m staying here and getting my leg right. Then I’m going back to the Navy. Montgomery’ll finish the picture." This was the first time Montgomery heard of his directing assignment, but he managed to film some of the major combat sequences and complete the film.

He was reelected to lead SAG in 1946 but resigned in 1947 to pursue other projects, namely his first credited directorial project, Lady in the Lake (1947). The script was based on a Raymond Chandler novel, and as well as directing Montgomery played Philip Marlowe. The film was shot from a “first person” viewpoint, the audience only saw what Marlowe saw, and the only time Montgomery’s face appeared on the screen was when he was looking in a mirror. It was the first feature film to use the first person technique.

Montgomery Radio MicIn 1947, 43 members of the movie industry were called before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC). Montgomery was on the list, probably as a result of his work with SAG. Along with Ronald Reagan and George Murphy, Montgomery positioned himself amongst the “friendly” witnesses and helped to establish SAG’s anti-Communist stance.

Montgomery began taking a closer interest in politics after the HUAC experience, but took time in 1948 to work as a producer for "Radio’s Outstanding Theater of Thrills". During Montgomery’s time, Suspense changed from a half-hour to a full-hour format.  His tenure with Suspense was relatively short-lived as he began to take an interest in TV.

Robert Montgomery was a lifelong Republican, and during the 1952 Presidential Campaign he worked with Eisenhower to help him appear more relaxed and confident during speeches. After the election, Ike appointed him as “special consultant on TV and public communications. Despite Ike’s insistence, Vice President Nixon turned down Montgomery’s help during the 1960 election, after which Eisenhower opined that Montgomery "never would have let him look as he did in that first television debate…"

Robert Montgomery spent the Seventies in quiet retirement as a farmer in New England. His daughter Elizabeth gained fame starring in the popular TV sitcom Bewitched.

Two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are dedicated to honor Robert Montgomery, one at 6440 Hollywood Blvd for Motion Pictures and another at 1631 Vine St for Television.

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    58 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 42 hours, 12 min
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    Volume 1 - 28 shows - total playtime 23 hours 19 minutes
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    1. Bob Hope 450911 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    2. Bob Hope 470211 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    3. Burns And Allen 490407 28 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    4. Cavalcade Of America 441120 Admiral.mp3
    5. Cavalcade Of America 471027 Admiral Who Had No Name.mp3
    6. Cavalcade Of America 480927 Incident At Niagra.mp3
    7. Cavalcade Of America 510501 Raft.mp3
    8. Command Performance 450814 Victory Extra.mp3
    9. Doctor Fights 450619 Mayer Island And Back.mp3
    10. Goar Wtic 74 1976 May Robert Montgomery.mp3
    11. Good News 380310 019 Robert Taylor.mp3
    12. Good News 380324 021 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    13. Good News 380526 030 Virginia Bruce.mp3
    14. Good News 390216 060 W Roselind Russ.mp3
    15. Good News 390309 063 Rita Johnson.mp3
    16. Good News 390316 064 W Robert Montgomy.mp3
    17. Good News 390427 070.mp3
    18. Hollywood Star Time 460720 07 Mr. And Mrs. Smith.mp3
    19. Lux Radio Theater 361207 110 Grand Duchess And Waiter.mp3
    20. Lux Radio Theater 370705 140 Beau Brummel.mp3
    21. Lux Radio Theater 370913 141 Star Is Born.mp3
    22. Lux Radio Theater 390206 205 Count Of Monte Cristo.mp3
    23. Lux Radio Theater 441204 460 Unguarded Hour.mp3
    24. Lux Radio Theater 471020 586 13 Rue Madeleine.mp3
    25. Lux Radio Theater 471208 593 Ride Pink Horse.mp3
    26. Lux Radio Theater 480209 602 Lady In Lake.mp3
    27. Lux Radio Theater 480614 620 Jane Eyre Repeat.mp3
    28. Lux Radio Theater 481213 636 Seventh Veil.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 18 hours 52 minutes
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    1. Our Land Be Bright 480000 10 You And Your Ballot.mp3
    2. Screen Directors Playhouse 490130 004 Mr And Mrs Smith.mp3
    3. Screen Guild Theater 390122 Can We Forget.mp3
    4. Screen Guild Theater 391029 028 We Were Dancing.mp3
    5. Screen Guild Theater 410323 079 My Favorite Wife.mp3
    6. Silver Theater 390416 042 Expert Opinion.mp3
    7. Silver Theater 390423 043 Villian Still Persues Her.mp3
    8. Suspense 480103 Black Curtain.mp3
    9. Suspense 480110 Khandi Tooth Caper.mp3
    10. Suspense 480117 Loves Lovely Counterfeit.mp3
    11. Suspense 480124 Eve.mp3
    12. Suspense 480207 Donovans Brain.mp3
    13. Suspense 480214 Lodger.mp3
    14. Suspense 480221 Beyond Reason.mp3
    15. Suspense 480228 House By River.mp3
    16. Suspense 480306 In Lonely Place.mp3
    17. Suspense 480313 Nightmare.mp3
    18. Suspense 480320 Wet Saturday August Heat.mp3
    19. Suspense 480327 Night Must Fall.mp3
    20. Suspense 480403 Suspicion.mp3
    21. Suspense 490127 Thing In Window.mp3
    22. Then And Now 360917 First Episode.mp3
    23. This Is War 420214 America At War.mp3
    24. Treasury Hour 411021 Guest Robert Montgomery.mp3
    25. Treasury Hour 411021 X00 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    26. Treasury Star Parade 420000 01 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    27. Treasury Star Parade 420000 02 Average American.mp3
    28. Treasury Star Parade 420000 05 Memory Of John Mcgee.mp3
    29. Treasury Star Parade 430000 301 Voyage.mp3
    30. Wamtm Robert Montgomery.mp3
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    58 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 42 hours, 12 min
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    Volume 1 - 28 shows - total playtime 23 hours 19 minutes
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    1. Bob Hope 450911 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    2. Bob Hope 470211 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    3. Burns And Allen 490407 28 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    4. Cavalcade Of America 441120 Admiral.mp3
    5. Cavalcade Of America 471027 Admiral Who Had No Name.mp3
    6. Cavalcade Of America 480927 Incident At Niagra.mp3
    7. Cavalcade Of America 510501 Raft.mp3
    8. Command Performance 450814 Victory Extra.mp3
    9. Doctor Fights 450619 Mayer Island And Back.mp3
    10. Goar Wtic 74 1976 May Robert Montgomery.mp3
    11. Good News 380310 019 Robert Taylor.mp3
    12. Good News 380324 021 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    13. Good News 380526 030 Virginia Bruce.mp3
    14. Good News 390216 060 W Roselind Russ.mp3
    15. Good News 390309 063 Rita Johnson.mp3
    16. Good News 390316 064 W Robert Montgomy.mp3
    17. Good News 390427 070.mp3
    18. Hollywood Star Time 460720 07 Mr. And Mrs. Smith.mp3
    19. Lux Radio Theater 361207 110 Grand Duchess And Waiter.mp3
    20. Lux Radio Theater 370705 140 Beau Brummel.mp3
    21. Lux Radio Theater 370913 141 Star Is Born.mp3
    22. Lux Radio Theater 390206 205 Count Of Monte Cristo.mp3
    23. Lux Radio Theater 441204 460 Unguarded Hour.mp3
    24. Lux Radio Theater 471020 586 13 Rue Madeleine.mp3
    25. Lux Radio Theater 471208 593 Ride Pink Horse.mp3
    26. Lux Radio Theater 480209 602 Lady In Lake.mp3
    27. Lux Radio Theater 480614 620 Jane Eyre Repeat.mp3
    28. Lux Radio Theater 481213 636 Seventh Veil.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 18 hours 52 minutes
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    1. Our Land Be Bright 480000 10 You And Your Ballot.mp3
    2. Screen Directors Playhouse 490130 004 Mr And Mrs Smith.mp3
    3. Screen Guild Theater 390122 Can We Forget.mp3
    4. Screen Guild Theater 391029 028 We Were Dancing.mp3
    5. Screen Guild Theater 410323 079 My Favorite Wife.mp3
    6. Silver Theater 390416 042 Expert Opinion.mp3
    7. Silver Theater 390423 043 Villian Still Persues Her.mp3
    8. Suspense 480103 Black Curtain.mp3
    9. Suspense 480110 Khandi Tooth Caper.mp3
    10. Suspense 480117 Loves Lovely Counterfeit.mp3
    11. Suspense 480124 Eve.mp3
    12. Suspense 480207 Donovans Brain.mp3
    13. Suspense 480214 Lodger.mp3
    14. Suspense 480221 Beyond Reason.mp3
    15. Suspense 480228 House By River.mp3
    16. Suspense 480306 In Lonely Place.mp3
    17. Suspense 480313 Nightmare.mp3
    18. Suspense 480320 Wet Saturday August Heat.mp3
    19. Suspense 480327 Night Must Fall.mp3
    20. Suspense 480403 Suspicion.mp3
    21. Suspense 490127 Thing In Window.mp3
    22. Then And Now 360917 First Episode.mp3
    23. This Is War 420214 America At War.mp3
    24. Treasury Hour 411021 Guest Robert Montgomery.mp3
    25. Treasury Hour 411021 X00 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    26. Treasury Star Parade 420000 01 Robert Montgomery.mp3
    27. Treasury Star Parade 420000 02 Average American.mp3
    28. Treasury Star Parade 420000 05 Memory Of John Mcgee.mp3
    29. Treasury Star Parade 430000 301 Voyage.mp3
    30. Wamtm Robert Montgomery.mp3
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    58 recordings on 42 Audio CDs
    total playtime 40 hours, 33 min

    Robert Montgomery Disc A001

    1. Goar Wtic 74 1976 May Robert Montgomery
    2. Wamtm Robert Montgomery

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A002

    1. Then And Now 360917 First Episode

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    1. Lux Radio Theater 361207 110 Grand Duchess And Waiter

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    1. Lux Radio Theater 370705 140 Beau Brummel

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A005

    1. Lux Radio Theater 370913 141 Star Is Born

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A006

    1. Good News 380310 019 Robert Taylor

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    1. Good News 380324 021 Robert Montgomery

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A008

    1. Good News 380526 030 Virginia Bruce

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A009

    1. Screen Guild Theater 390122 Can We Forget

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A010

    1. Lux Radio Theater 390206 205 Count Of Monte Cristo

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A011

    1. Good News 390216 060 W Roselind Russ

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A012

    1. Good News 390309 063 Rita Johnson

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A013

    1. Good News 390316 064 W Robert Montgomy

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A014

    1. Silver Theater 390416 042 Expert Opinion
    2. Silver Theater 390423 043 Villian Still Persues Her

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A015

    1. Good News 390427 070
    2. Screen Guild Theater 391029 028 We Were Dancing

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A016

    1. Screen Guild Theater 410323 079 My Favorite Wife
    2. Treasury Hour 411021 Guest Robert Montgomery

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A017

    1. Treasury Hour 411021 X00 Robert Montgomery
    2. Treasury Star Parade 420000 01 Robert Montgomery
    3. Treasury Star Parade 420000 02 Average American

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A018

    1. Treasury Star Parade 420000 05 Memory Of John Mcgee
    2. This Is War 420214 America At War
    3. Treasury Star Parade 430000 301 Voyage

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A019

    1. Cavalcade Of America 441120 Admiral

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A020

    1. Lux Radio Theater 441204 460 Unguarded Hour

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A021

    1. Doctor Fights 450619 Mayer Island And Back
    2. Bob Hope 450911 Robert Montgomery

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A022

    1. Hollywood Star Time 460720 07 Mr. And Mrs. Smith
    2. Bob Hope 470211 Robert Montgomery

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A023

    1. Lux Radio Theater 471020 586 13 Rue Madeleine
    2. Cavalcade Of America 471027 Admiral Who Had No Name

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A024

    1. Lux Radio Theater 471208 593 Ride Pink Horse

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A025

    1. Our Land Be Bright 480000 10 You And Your Ballot
    2. Suspense 480103 Black Curtain

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A026

    1. Suspense 480110 Khandi Tooth Caper

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A027

    1. Suspense 480117 Loves Lovely Counterfeit

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A028

    1. Suspense 480124 Eve

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A029

    1. Suspense 480207 Donovans Brain

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A030

    1. Lux Radio Theater 480209 602 Lady In Lake

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A031

    1. Suspense 480214 Lodger

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A032

    1. Suspense 480221 Beyond Reason

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A033

    1. Suspense 480228 House By River

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A034

    1. Suspense 480306 In Lonely Place

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A035

    1. Suspense 480313 Nightmare

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A036

    1. Suspense 480320 Wet Saturday August Heat

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A037

    1. Suspense 480327 Night Must Fall

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A038

    1. Suspense 480403 Suspicion

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A039

    1. Lux Radio Theater 480614 620 Jane Eyre Repeat
    2. Cavalcade Of America 480927 Incident At Niagra

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A040

    1. Lux Radio Theater 481213 636 Seventh Veil

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A041

    1. Suspense 490127 Thing In Window
    2. Screen Directors Playhouse 490130 004 Mr And Mrs Smith

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    Robert Montgomery Disc A042

    1. Burns And Allen 490407 28 Robert Montgomery
    2. Cavalcade Of America 510501 Raft

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