He was in Samar (1962), From Hell to Borneo (1963), and Guerrillas in Pink Lace (1964). In this film, Leo Gordon is a scene stealer playing a more sympathetic and well-rounded sort of cowpoke. He had a small role in Star Dust (1940), and a bigger one in Young People (1940), Shirley Temple's last film for Fox. In 1976, he completed a bronze of John Wayne for an ABC TV Wayne tribute. He starred in 87 films and numerous television shows, including the lead role as 'Matt Rockford' in the CIMARRON CITY TV series, which ran on NBC in 1958. Montgomery turned director with The Steel Claw (1961), a war film shot in the Philippines, which he also co-wrote and in which he starred. Self-taught, he sculpted upwards of 50 bronze sculptures of subjects such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Gene Autry, Randolph Scott, and Ronald W. Reagan. He was going to make Outlaw of Red River for Robert Lippert in Spain, but it appears to have not been made. George Montgomery was boxing champion at the University of Montana where he majored in architecture and interior design. [11] However, Montgomery wound up joining the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1943. Montgomery acted in and directed Satan's Harvest (1970) made in South Africa. [citation needed] Letz studied at the University of Montana in Missoula for a year. George Montgomery, Secret Service undercover agent Tom Horn (as Steve Garrett), is charged with breaking a major counterfeit outfit, the “Hole-in-the-Wall” gang in Wyoming. For Sam Katzman, he made The Pathfinder (1952), Fort Ti (1952), Jack McCall, Desperado (1953), The Battle of Rogue River (1954), and Seminole Uprising (1955).[13][14]. • George Montgomery ... B westerns on television - if you're wading through TV schedules and goin' crazy, this may help. He followed it with King of the Wild Stallions (1959). Follow. His skill was such that his hobby became a full-fledged cabinet-making business, in which he employed as many as 20 craftsmen. [1][2] He was reared on a large ranch, where he learned to ride horses and work cattle as a part of daily life. It's a pretty good Allied Artist western, with beautiful camerawork by Harry Neumann, and a lot of subtext in the script about how honesty is the best policy. It was in late 1939, around the time that he exited Republic and signed with 20th Century Fox, that George Letz became George Montgomery. Tidal Wave (1939), and I Was a Convict (1939), but mostly it was films such as South of the Border (1939) and In Old Monterey (1939) with Autry, Saga of Death Valley (1939); Wall Street Cowboy (1939), Frontier Pony Express (1939), Rough Riders' Round-up (1939) and In Old Caliente (1939) with Rogers; The Night Riders (1939) with John Wayne. Montgomery was briefly engaged to Hedy Lamarr. You may want to visit the Golden Boot award page on the Old Corral. [5][3], His sculpture of his former wife, Dinah Shore, and their children is displayed at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. He established a cabinet shop and worked with as many as 20 carpenters and cabinetmakers for nearly 40 years. In 1950, he starred as the title role in Davy Crockett, Indian Scout for Edward Small. He was in Hallucination Generation (1967) an anti-LSD movie. George Montgomery Western Movies to Watch Free. He then became one of Hollywood's first and most successful free lance actors, gravitating toward Westerns and action/adventure productions. Montgomery died of heart failure at his desert home in Rancho Mirage Tuesday evening, his friend Patrick Curtis said in a telephone interview Wednesday. Montgomery was promoted to leading roles in a melodrama written by Dalton Trumbo, Accent on Love (1941). Before becoming a top-billed western star, George Montgomery was featured and co-starred in several westerns, including Republic’s “Lone Ranger” serial in ‘38, bits in several Gene Autry and Roy Rogers pictures, “The Cisco Kid and the Lady” (‘39) with Cesar Romero and “Cowboy and the Blonde” (‘41) at 20th Century Fox—a light, breezy romantic comedy. That same year, he married singer/actress, Dinah Shore. Fox then starred him in some B Westerns: Last of the Duanes (1941), Riders of the Purple Sage (1941), and The Cowboy and the Blonde (1941). In most cases, the winners were what you would expect --- Autry, Rogers, Holt, Starrett, Hoppy, etc. In 1938, he appeared as one of the six men suspected of being the titular hero in The Lone Ranger. It's 1874 and the Texas Rangers have been reorganized. The Motion Picture Herald and Boxoffice polls were conducted from about the mid 1930s through the mid 1950s. He became a film idol to millions, during the motion Picture industry's "golden years", following in the footsteps of actor and fellow Montanan, Gary Cooper. His first film at the studio was The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939), the first of the Cisco Kid series. He made guest appearances on a number of television shows, including NBC's Bonanza and The Gisele MacKenzie Show. Montgomery was more interested in a career in film than in a college education. [10], The following year, Montgomery starred with Betty Grable in the Walter Lang-directed film Coney Island, which was his biggest hit to date. While under contract to 20th Century Fox, he starred in two remakes of Zane Grey Westerns, LAST OF THE DUANES (1941) and RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE (1941). In 1963, Montgomery's private life made headlines when his housekeeper was charged in a failed attempt to kill him. George Montgomery, a Westerner to the core, who went from prizefighter to stuntman to cowboy star before turning his energies to sculpture, furniture … [3][4], Montgomery was more interested in a career in film than in a college education. In addition to a demanding acting career, George found the time and energy to design and build a number of exceptional homes; craft fine furniture, create bronze sculpture and collect Western American artwork. George's film career spanned almost six decades. George Montgomery was ranked during the end of the B western era in the Boxoffice poll. Full movies with John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Burt Lancaster, Ronald Reagan, Burt Reynolds, Marilyn Monroe, Bonanza series. Ben forbids him to participate. See more ideas about george, actors, montgomery. His hobbies of architecture and designing and crafting furniture for Hollywood friends soon expanded. He moved to California where he was coached by ex-heavyweight world champion James J. Jeffries. Rob Mohr has set up a twitter feed called "B-Westerns On TV". He was soon established as one of the industry's top Western Stars and box office draws. Montgomery was born George Montgomery Letz in 1916, the youngest of 15 children of Ukrainian immigrant parents, from Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. He received renown in particular for a sculpture he did of Custer's Last Stand. With George Montgomery, Dorothy Malone, Frank Faylen, Neville Brand. To do this he travels to Matamoros, Mexico, to enlist the aid of Windsor—Dakota Lil—noted for her ability to perfect an exact replication of official signatures. Montgomery worked for other producers: Robbers' Roost (1955); Huk! George Montgomery, Ann Robinson, Steve Brodie, Bobby Clark, Frank Ferguson, Don 'Red' Barry, Henry Rowland, Denver Pyle, Mary Treen, Boyd "Red" Morgan United States B Western [23][3], Montgomery oversaw the furniture business for more than 40 years, and expanded his interest to house design. Dropping out a year later he decided to take up boxing more seriously. He was given the lead in an "A" when he top-lined Orchestra Wives (1942) with Ann Rutherford, a film best remembered today for giving a co-star role to Glenn Miller. Dropping out a year later he decided to take up boxing more seriously. In 1995, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated in his honor. Montgomery claimed to have turned down the lead roles in the Western television series Gunsmoke and Wagon Train. A day or so before a B western is scheduled on Encore Westerns, TCM, GetTV, Retroplex, Encore Action, etc., Rob sends out a reminder on Twitter. [18], He planned to make a Vietnam War film The Ho Chi Minh Trail in Bangkok and the Philippines, but the film was cancelled.[19]. Montgomery was in Bomb at 10:10 (1967), Hostile Guns (1967), Warkill (1968), and Strangers at Sunrise (1970) (shot in South Africa). Cimarron City is a boomtown in Logan County, Oklahoma north of Oklahoma City.Rich in oil and gold, Cimarron City aspires to become the capital of the future state of Oklahoma, to be created in 1907. A true Renaissance man and art collector for many years, influenced by the great work of Charles Russell and the sculpture of fellow Montanan, Bob Scriver, George began creating sculpture himself. A self-taught artist, he has made bronze sculpture of fellow actors Randolph Scott, Clint Eastwood and Ronald Reagan. Missy Montgomery also became an actress. During this period, his most remembered role was as 'Jim Clark', one of the five Rangers in the 1938 cliffhanger, THE LONE RANGER. Instead of stealing gold bars, the outlaws are stealing high grade ore, having it smelted, and then having it plated to look like lead. Those had all been Westerns. Little Joe allows his pride to draw him into a challenge. He worked on Republic's (relatively) big-budget Man of Conquest (1939). [22], As a boy, George Montgomery had developed excellent craftsmanship with wood. 1952 - Cripple Creek - George Montgomery Westerns Only - Charles L Dick Jr 1893 and gold is being smuggled out of the country. With Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, George Montgomery. He was in an African adventure tale Hawk of the Wilderness (1938) with Herman Brix and the bigger-budgeted Army Girl (1938). He starred in Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) with Maureen O'Hara, playing a role originally intended for Tyrone Power. After cremation, Montgomery's ashes were divided and interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Cathedral City) near his Palm Springs home[26] and at the Highland Cemetery in Great Falls, Montana, near his birthplace. Montgomery, as always, is very good. In Texas, drifter Cruze becomes the marshal of the town of Marlpine but he must face the murderous Moran brothers alone when the scared town refuses to back him up. Updated: September 2, 2020. [3], Letz boxed as a heavyweight for a short while before enrolling in the University of Montana in Missoula. He returned to Fox in 1946, and played the lead in a musical Three Little Girls in Blue (1946). This was never more so than in" Coney Island.[6]. For his contribution to the television industry, George Montgomery has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6301 Hollywood Blvd. He was reared on a large ranch where as a part of daily life he learned to ride horses and work cattle. Dinah's is prominently displayed at Mission Hills Country Club, home of the world famous Nabisco-Dinah Shore Golf Tournament. [24], Montgomery died at home in the presence of his daughter Melissa, his companion Ann Lindberg, and his friend Patrick Curtis.[25]. In the 1958–59 season, Montgomery starred in his own 26-episode NBC Western series, Cimarron City as Mayor Matt Rockford, with co-stars John Smith and Audrey Totter through his own production company Mont Productions. With George Montgomery, Karin Booth, Jerome Courtland, William Bishop. He also starred in the TV movie Ride the Tiger (1970) and made guest appearances on 1970s television shows including The Odd Couple and The Six Million Dollar Man. In most cases, the winners were what you would expect --- Autry, Rogers, Holt, Starrett, … When his brother, Matt Ringo (John Dehner), escapes from prison and frames him for a bank robbery, Billy is forced back into a life on the run. George Montgomery (born George Montgomery Letz, August 27, 1916 – December 12, 2000) was an American actor, painter, director, producer, writer, sculptor, furniture craftsman, and stuntman who is best remembered as an actor in Western films and television. With a few exceptions, the annual results would list the 'Top Ten' (or 'Top Five') cowboy film stars. He was born in Brady, in Pondera County, northern Montana near Great Falls. George Montgomery was born in Brady, Montana on August 29, 1916. The Lone Gun (1954) was directed by Ray Nazarro and stars George Montgomery, Dorothy Malone, Frank Faylen, Neville Brand, Skip Homeier and Robert J. Wilke. George passed away on December 12, 2000. Aug 9, 2019 - Explore Classic Movie Hub's board "George Montgomery", followed by 14051 people on Pinterest. [3], He followed this with bit parts and additional stunt work as "George Letz" in mostly low-budget films. Montgomery left Fox in September 1947 unhappy with his roles. Therefore, he left Montana for Hollywood. George Montgomery received his Gold Boot award at the 1986 ceremonies. For fans of straight, no-nonsense, taciturn cowboy heroes in traditional westerns, with much bang-bang and a little kiss-kiss, George Montgomery, who has died aged 84, was just the ticket. [3], In 1939, he signed with 20th Century Fox, which billed him as George Montgomery.[3]. It’s in color. Scroll all the way down to see all! Soon he was starring in major productions with some of the most important figures in Hollywood: ORCHESTRA WIVES with Glenn Miller, TEN GENTLEMEN FROM WEST POINT with Maureen O'Hara, CHINA GIRL with Gene Tierney, ROXIE HART with Ginger Rogers, CONEY ISLAND with Betty Grable, and many others. Allegedly suffering from a fanatical attraction to her employer, the woman planned to shoot Montgomery, then take her own life. Montgomery was announced for several films originally intended for Fox leading men Tyrone Power, who had joined the Marine Corps, and Henry Fonda, who had joined the Navy, including Down the Sea to the Ships and Bird of Paradise with Tierney. The song "This is Always", Montgomery's major duet (albeit dubbed) with June Haver in Three Little Girls in Blue, was cut, and he was assigned to a minor Western, Belle Starr's Daughter (1948). [16], As an actor, he was in Battle of the Bulge (1965) and Django the Condemned (1966). According to one obituary, "The actor's vocal mannerisms were often uncannily reminiscent of Clark Gable, and when he grew a moustache his similarities to the greater star were even more apparent. But Sam Bass has assembled a group of notorious outlaws into a gang the Rangers are unable to cope with. As an adult, he began building furniture, first for himself and then for a few friends. Montgomery made an Imperial adventure for MGM, Watusi (1959), a sequel to King Solomon's Mines (1950). 6 years ago | 20.2K views. Montgomery was unhappy at Fox. Montgomery was born George Montgomery Letz, the youngest of fifteen children of Ukrainian immigrant parents, in Brady, in Pondera County, northern Montana. [15] Cimarron City ran one season. It was followed by other trophies: the Ralph Morgan Award for the Screen Actors Guild, Fairplex's Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Invitational Handicap Award, and the Hollywood Westerners Hall of Fame, Ronald Reagan Award. [27] He is also honored with a statue in the square of Plentywood, Montana. He also starred in The Leo Chronicles (1972) and The Daredevil (1972) and helped produce The Proud and Damned (1972). Little Joe must decide to obey his father or obey the "code of the West." 1951 - The Texas Rangers - George Montgomery; Westerns Only - Charles L Dick Jr. These included Springtime in the Rockies (1937) with Autry; The Purple Vigilantes (1938) with Robert Livingston; the serial The Lone Ranger (1938); Outlaws of Sonora (1938) with Livingston; The Old Barn Dance (1938) and Gold Mine in the Sky (1938) with Autry; Under Western Stars (1938), with Roy Rogers; Pals of the Saddle (1938) with John Wayne; Billy the Kid Returns (1938), Come On, Rangers (1938) and Shine On, Harvest Moon (1938) with Rogers.[6]. Directed by William F. Claxton. Two days after his arrival there, he was working as a stunt man on a Greta Garbo film at MGM, Conquest (1937). [17] He also worked the dinner and stock theatre circuit, appearing in productions of Two for the Seesaw and A Hole in the Head. He became involved with the building of 11 homes for friends and family. First up is Tim Holt in The Fargo Kid (1940). Lawmen infiltrate bandit gang to catch mining crooks. Standout film roles — his feature work is made up largely of Westerns — include the airline manager at the end of The Killing (1956), Pat Garrett in The Law Vs. Billy The Kid (1954) and a great turn as the ailing Doc Holliday in Masterson Of Kansas (1954, below with George Montgomery). Directed by Ray Nazarro. And ROBBERS' ROOST is no exception. That year, Life included him in a photo montage of "Hollywood's Movie-struck Kids" and described Montgomery, still using his full name, as "6 ft. 3 in. Montgomery was born George Montgomery Letz, the youngest of fifteen children of Ukrainian immigrant parents, in Brady, in Pondera County, northern Montana. Montgomery tried a swashbuckler at Fox, The Sword of Monte Cristo (1951), then returned to Small for Indian Uprising (1951) and Cripple Creek (1952), Gun Belt (1953), and The Lone Gun (1954). tall, weighs 210 lb., rides well, is superlatively handsome. Upon his return from World War II duty, he appeared in several more films for 20th Century Fox. This last award was recently presented by George to the Queen of the West, Dale Evans Rogers, who's first film role was with George in ORCHESTRA WIVES. Cimarron City is an American one hour Western television series, starring George Montgomery as Matt Rockford and John Smith as Lane Temple, that aired on NBC from 1958 to 1959. [12], Montgomery appeared in Lulu Belle (1948) and The Girl from Manhattan for Benedict Bogeaus.[6]. In 1981, he published a book The Years of George Montgomery.[20]. Two days after his arrival there, he was working as a stunt man on a Greta Garbo film at MGM, Conquest (1937). Farrell's tennis playing likeness greets visitors who arrive at Palm Springs Airport. He was active in school athletics and majored in interior design, but he left after one year. Hostile Guns (1967) - George Montgomery - Glder Pro - YouTube His artistic instincts included learning how to sculpt in bronze. Fox then cast him as Philip Marlowe in The Brasher Doubloon (1947), a B-picture version of the novel The High Window by Raymond Chandler. LOS ANGELES – George Montgomery, a brawny leading man who started acting in low-budget Western ”horse operas” and later starred in musicals and romantic comedies, has died. George Montgomery (August 29, 1916 – December 12, 2000) I don’t think George Montgomery has gotten his due. He was reared on a large ranch where as a part of daily life he learned to ride horses and work cattle. He was an American painter, sculptor, furniture craftsman, and stuntman who is best known as an actor in western style film and television. They divorced in 1963. During Montgomery's first year at the University of Montana, he left his architecture studies and moved to Hollywood. (1956), a war movie shot in the Philippines; Canyon River (1956); Pawnee (1957); Black Patch (1957); Gun Duel in Durango (1957) for Small; Street of Sinners (1957) a rare non-Western; Last of the Badmen (1957); Man from God's Country (1958); The Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958); and Badman's Country (1958) as Pat Garrett. has announced a set of four middle-budget United Artists Westerns from the 50s — coming May 14 for around $10. Montgomery was billed fourth. "[7], He went back to Westerns in Southward Ho (1939) and The Arizona Kid (1939) with Rogers. George Montgomery, the youngest of 15 children, was born on August 27, 1916, and spent his formative years on a Montana homestead south of the Canadian border, not far from the areas where Charles Russell painted so vividly. All these films were popular at the box office. A gunfighter comes to Virginia City. What I found was stunning location work, interesting stories and an exceptional viewing experience, especially from lower budgeted programmers, such as the Westerns that George Montgomery made. Montgomery goes about his affairs with his open, friendly manner and shoots people only when necessary, usually when they're trying to shoot him. He may not have made a true classic, and most of his Westerns were of the studio product variety, but he can be counted on for a good solid way to spend an hour and a half. George and Dinah also adopted a son, John "Jody" David Montgomery, in 1954. [9], He was Ginger Rogers' love interest in Roxie Hart (1942) and played opposite Gene Tierney in China Girl (1942) for Henry Hathaway. [21] They had one child, Melissa Ann "Missy" Montgomery (born 1948). George Montgomery. Shout Factory! Therefore, he left Montana for Hollywood. He recently completed heroic sized bronze statues of two of Palm Springs' favorite people, Charlie Farrell and Dinah Shore. They call it Movies 4 You: Western Classics.. George Montgomery was boxing champion at the University of Montana where he majored in architecture and interior design. His earliest film work --- as George Letz --- occurred in the mid to late 1930s at Republic Pictures where he did bit parts and supporting roles in about thirty films, most of which were B westerns and serials. George and Dinah were married for nearly twenty years, and they had a daughter and son, Melissa and John. George Montgomery both produced and starred in the psychological B&W western Black Patch which was penned by co-star Leo Gordon Montgomery and Gordon interact with great chemistry, varying between friendship and jealousy. At the same time he continued to direct and star in at least six films a year. 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Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on George Montgomery: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0599787/, Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Montgomery at the Highland Cemetery, Great Falls, Montana: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6261001, Boyd Magers' Western Clippings website has a section on the westerns of George Montgomery: http://www.westernclippings.com/westernsof/georgemontgomery_westernsof.shtml. He was 84. [5], At Republic Pictures, his cowboy skills gained him stunt work and a small acting part at the age of 18 in a 1935 Gene Autry film, The Singing Vagabond. Starring George Montgomery, Gale Storm, Jerome Courtland, Noah Beery, Jr., William Bishop, John Dehner, John Doucette, Jock O’Mahoney, George Chesebro Raleigh’s Western Film Preservation Society has been at it since 1981, and their meeting this month features two of my favorites Western stars. Montgomery was teamed with Carole Landis in Cadet Girl (1941). He was in some non-Westerns such as The Mysterious Miss X (1939), S.O.S. In 1943, Montgomery's career was put on hold, when he joined the Army Air Corps. George Montgomery. Montgomery was fourth-billed in a "B" about pilots, Charter Pilot (1940) with Lloyd Nolan and Lynn Bari, and third-billed in Jennie (1940).[8]. Reformed outlaw Billy Ringo (George Montgomery) operates a ranch with the help of his nephew Chip (Tab Hunter) and his fiancée (Helen Westcott). On December 5, 1943, Montgomery married singer Dinah Shore. He went back to Fox for Dakota Lil (1950) and made The Iroquois Trail (1950) and The Texas Rangers (1951) for Small. He moved to California where he was coached by ex-heavyweight world champion James J. Jeffries. Brian's Drive-In Theater site has a Montgomery section: http://www.briansdriveintheater.com/georgemontgomery.html, The Great Falls Tribune (Great Falls, Montana) newspaper website has a biography and some photos on Montgomery: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/multimedia/125newsmakers5/montgomery.html, The Los Angeles Times newspaper website has a biography on Montgomery: http://projects.latimes.com/hollywood/star-walk/george-montgomery/, The New York Times newspaper website has an obituary on Montgomery: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/12/15/arts/george-montgomery-dashing-cowboy-is-dead-at-84.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6261001, http://www.westernclippings.com/westernsof/georgemontgomery_westernsof.shtml, http://www.briansdriveintheater.com/georgemontgomery.html, http://www.greatfallstribune.com/multimedia/125newsmakers5/montgomery.html, http://projects.latimes.com/hollywood/star-walk/george-montgomery/, http://www.nytimes.com/2000/12/15/arts/george-montgomery-dashing-cowboy-is-dead-at-84.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm. 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