vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Robert Montgomery's identity crisis

Robert Montgomery, Carole Lombard's co-star in 1941's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," had a lone and successful career, excelling in numerous genres and in both film and television. And yet, perhaps he's slipped through the cracks of time -- many seemingly don't know who he is, or what he looked like. Perhaps his daughter Elizabeth (who had a splendid career of her own, albeit more TV-oriented) can get into Samantha Stephens mode in Hollywood heaven to figure out what's happened to her father's legacy.

Exhibit #1: This nightclub picture from "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", a still that's new to me:

Now while the seller doesn't say it's Robert Montgomery, anyone who's seen the movie knows that's not him, but Gene Raymond. Since I've long said Lombard was never more lovingly photographed than in this film, how about a close-up of her?

The rear of the pic doesn't identify Raymond either, but notes it's from the Lester Glassner collection:

I'm certain Glassner would know that's Gene Raymond with her.

The photo is in very fine/near mint condition. It sells for $59.95, or you can make an offer. Go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-PHOTO-MR-AND-MRS-SMITH-ROBERT-MONTGOMERY-VF-NM-1941/254761253987?hash=item3b50f43c63:g:cJIAAOSwK9ZfmI0Q to learn more.

Exhibit #2: This picture not only isn't of Montgomery, but contrary to its advertising, isn't even from "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (the lone Lombard-Montgomery collaboration):

The giveaway is the "S.I.P." in the lower left corner, which stands for Selznick International Pictures. It's from "Nothing Sacred," and that's Fredric March with Carole.

This is from a different seller than the photo above. It's an 8" x 10" reprint selling for $15.99. Visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/8x10-Print-Robert-Montgomery-Carole-Lombard-Mr-and-Mrs-Smith-1941-5502470/190965072560?_trkparms=aid%3D1110009%26algo%3DSPLICE.COMPLISTINGS%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20200818142652%26meid%3D1a1d8afba3c24865a98f438ff04f60b4%26pid%3D101196%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D254761253987%26itm%3D190965072560%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3Ddefault&_trksid=p2047675.c101196.m2219 for additional info.

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