90th Anniversary of
Montgomery Clift's birth

90º Aniversario del nacimiento de Montgomery Clift (1920-2010)

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Fotos en el aeropuerto (4): la estrella ya está de vuelta (29 sept 1949)

Durante el verano de 1949, Montgomery Clift rodó en Berlín The Big Lift (Sitiados, 1950), una película similar a The Search (Los ángeles perdidos, 1948) en cuanto a temática de posguerra y por su rodaje in situ en Europa, aunque ésta a diferencia de la tierna historia de amistad con el niño, ofrece ua truncada historia de amor donde Monty ofrece uno de los roles más románticos de su carrera. Unos días después, el 6 de octubre, asistiría al estreno de The Heiress (La Heredera, 1949) donde conoció a Elizabeth Taylor, que le acompañaba.

La anotación de la foto nos indica la vuelta del actor y la fecha en que llegó:

29 sept 1949: Montgomery Clift, Paramount movie star returns from Berlin where he made a movie.

(Hace 60 años, acaba de cumplir 29 años).


A place in the sun Cards Collection

Colección de 11 pequeñas postales con escenas muy conocidas de la película.


Clift's a baby sitter

Montgomery Clift fue fotografiado con el hijo de los McCarthy por esta revista. El titular del reportaje "Clift's a baby sitter" reflejaba lo bien que Monty congeniaba con los niños.


Foxhole in the parlor.- programa con autógrafo

Este programa de la obra de tearo Foxhole in the parlor (1945), fue firmado por varios actores, como Barbara Brewster, Russell Hardie y Grace Coppin. Y también por Montgomery Clift. Su firma es la que aparece abajo del todo y va dedicada pero no se ve bien a quién.


Lo que dijo Richard Burton sobre Montgomery Clift.

"En casi todas sus películas, Monty, como la Garbo y Brando, tenía la facultad extraordinaria de dar la sensación de peligro. Nunca se estaba totalmente seguro de si expresaría su papel o estallaría."


Carta de Montgomery Clift.- a los McCarthy (14 sep 1947)

Queridos Hijos de la Luz:

En estos momentos, estoy implicado en los inflexibles resultados de un error legal. Toda [esta] angustia resulta de no haber manifestado por escrito mis cambios o pensamientos en el guión cuando lo leí, de modo que, el día que acudí ante las cámaras perdí todo derecho de aprobación.

Tengo el corazón realmente destrozado. El diálogo que me deja atónito no es difícil de aprender... ¡Oh Dios...!

Este Wechsler es increíble. Obliga a casi todo el que contrata a perder el tiempo hablando o escribiendo a sus abogados. A distancia, resulta divertido. Nunca había visto tantas caras tensas cerca de mí. Quisiera haber muerto. ¡Augusta, Kevin, queridos míos! Y si James Kevin [el hijo de seis meses de los McCarthy] se encuentra alguna vez en su vida con un L. Wechsler, que escupa sobre él y le arroje la maldición de los McCarthy. Ésas son mis penas. No tengo buenas noticias. El viejo


En la carta, de las numerosas que Montgomery Clift envió a sus amigos Augusta y Kevin McCarthy, relata los problemas del guión de The Search (Los ángeles perdidos, 1948). Lazar Wechsler era el productor de la película e hijo de uno de los guionistas, David Schsler. El guión que se rodó finalmente se basaba en las anotaciones e improvisaciones de Monty que modificaban sustancialmente el guión original. Paradojas de la vida, la película obtuvo un Oscar en el apartado de guión original que fue a parar a Richard Schweizer y David Wechsler. Actualmente Montgomery Clift aparece como autor no acreditado del guión (del que se premió).

La carta fue escrita el 14 de septiembre de 1947, tal día como hoy. Monty tenía 26 años pero estaba a un mes de cumplir los 27 años.

Hace 62 años.


Raintree County.- Doctor Macro's High Quality Movie Scans

En esta web hay una apartado dedicado a esta película:

(English text)


MGM, 1957. Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Camera: Robert Surtees. With Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Nigel Patrick, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor, Agnes Moorehead, Walter Abel, Jarma Lewis, Tom Drake, Rhys Williams, Russell Collins, DeForest Kelley, Myrna Hansen, Oliver Blake, John Eldredge, Isabelle Cooley, Ruth Attaway.

In the town of Freehaven in Raintree County, Indiana, the high school class of 1859 poses for a photograph. Everyone expects great things of valedictorian John Wickliff Shawnessy—in particular his sweetheart, Nell Gaither, who admires Johnny for his idealism, poetry and respect for truth and justice.

Before graduation, Prof. Jerusalem Webster Stiles, who smilingly describes himself as "pitiful and harmless," relates to his students a local legend. Raintree County is named for a golden raintree, which was planted somewhere in the region by Johnny Appleseed. Find it, declares the professor in an unusually pensive mood, and you will learn the secret of life itself. Johnny immediately sets out to locate the tree, but as he wanders through a swamp, he nearly drowns.

Back in town, Orville "Flash" Perkins boasts that, in addition to being "half horse, half alligator," he is the area's top runner. Johnny challenges him to a race, and on the Fourth of July, the two competitors meet in the street. Before the race, the men engage in a drinking contest, and although Johnny, who has never before drunk whiskey, is rendered nearly senseless, he nonetheless wins the race.

Later that day, Johnny goes to the river for a picnic with the professor, an attractive married woman named Lydia Gray, and a beautiful visitor from the South named Susanna Drake. Johnny and Susanna go swimming, and then, in a moment of passion, make love. The next day, Susanna returns to New Orleans, and Johnny returns to Nell.

When Stiles tries to run away with Lydia, her outraged husband Ezra tries to shoot him, but after Stiles swears that he never touched Lydia, Johnny helps the professor to leave town. The same train that carries Stiles to safety, however, brings Susanna back to Freehaven with a desperate message for Johnny: she is pregnant. Johnny announces their marriage, whereupon his father, T.D. Shawnessy, a gentle and educated minister, somewhat sadly wishes the young man happiness. Nell also wishes him well but tearfully confesses that she still loves him.

On the boat trip to New Orleans, Susanna is shocked to discover that Johnny is an abolitionist and nervously proclaims that nothing is worse than having a drop of Negro blood in one's veins. The couple visits the ruins of a family plantation that burned when Susanna was a child. Acting strangely, Susanna sorrowfully declares that she dearly loved her former nanny, a black Cuban named Henrietta Courtney, who perished with the girl's parents in the conflagration. Johnny questions Susanna's cousin and learns that after her parents were married, her mother went slowly insane. Her father met Henrietta and brought her home to care for little Susanna. When the bodies were taken from the fire, it appeared that the child's father and Henrietta had been shot, but no one was able to prove this.

Johnny brings Susanna back to Raintree County, where he becomes a teacher. Susanna admits that she was never really pregnant, but Johnny assures her of his love nonetheless. When Lincoln wins the presidential election, Susanna announces that to please her husband, she has freed her two slaves and now pays them wages. This prompts several of their guests to laugh, and Susanna, believing she has again displeased her husband, becomes hysterical. Johnny calms her, but later, after giving birth to a son on the very day that Civil War is declared, Susanna informs him that two babies were born, and that "they" threw the dark one away.

Several years later, Nell returns to Freehaven after living for a time in Indianapolis, and it is clear that she still loves Johnny. Susanna's nightmares and wild-eyed outbursts have become more frequent, and one evening, Johnny persuades her to tell him about the fire. Jealous of Susanna's love for Henrietta, the child's mother had flown into a rage, thereby angering the little girl. When Susanna realized that her father also loved Henrietta, she vengefully revealed this in an anonymous note to her mother. That night, she heard a crackling sound in Henrietta's room, and soon afterward, the fire consumed the house. Believing her mother had killed the lovers because of her note, Susanna had always felt responsible for the tragedy.

Johnny tries to comfort Susanna, but one day, he arrives home to find that she has taken their son Jim and fled to Georgia. With his wife gone, Johnny joins the Union Army, and as his train departs, Nell confesses that she has never stopped loving him. Johnny joins an Indiana brigade that includes not only Flash, but his old friend Stiles, who is now a war correspondent. The men participate in a number of hellish battles, and in November 1864, find themselves in Atlanta.

Wary of rebel snipers, Johnny and Flash approach an old cabin that once belonged to Henrietta. Inside are little Jim and two Drake slaves. One of them explains that although Susanna was not Henrietta's child, she always believed that she was. Consumed by madness, Susanna had been taken to an asylum some time earlier. Johnny carries little Jim toward the Union camp, but as they run through the woods, Flash is shot by rebel soldiers and dies.

After the war, Johnny finds Susanna in a wretched asylum and takes her home. He returns to teaching, but his friends believe he should run for Congress. Susanna realizes that it is she who holds him back, and that Nell still deeply loves him. That night, Susanna, telling Jim that she hopes to find the golden raintree for Johnny, says goodbye and runs toward the swamp. Alarmed, Jim follows her, and soon afterward, a search party is organized.

In the morning, Stiles, who has returned to Raintree County to marry the widowed Lydia Gray, discovers that Susanna has drowned. In agony, Johnny continues to search for his son. The weeping boy hears his father's voice, and with great relief, Johnny, Nell and Jim head out of the swamp, unaware of the tall tree gleaming golden in the sunlight.

The film is based on the novel Raintree County by Ross Lockridge, Jr. (Boston, 1948).

Onscreen credits acknowledge the cooperation of "the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, the Tennessee State Game & Fish Commission at Reelfoot Lake and the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky." The picture opens with a five-minute musical overture. Following "Johnny's" departure to fight in the Civil War, there is an intermission. Act Two begins as Johnny joins his brigade. The NYT review lists a running time of 168 minutes. Apparently, sixteen minutes of the film were cut after its premiere.

The picture was, as the Var reviewer notes, "one of the biggest and costliest (estimated at $5,000,000) productions from Metro since its release of David O. Selznick's Gone With the Wind." It took MGM six years to turn the novel into a screenplay. According to modern sources, shortly after the novel's publication, MGM purchased the film rights from author Ross Lockridge, Jr. for $150,000, but did not produce the film until 1956 because of script problems. Modern sources note that Raintree County was Lockridge's only novel, and that he committed suicide in 1948.

January and February 1956 HR news items note that MGM originally considered Alec Guinness and Arthur O'Connell for leading roles. Filming was halted after Montgomery Clift's automobile accident on May 13, 1956 and did not resume until July 23, 1956. In the accident, which occurred after Clift had been to a dinner party at Elizabeth Taylor's house, the actor's face was severely injured. Modern sources note that numerous facial lacerations and broken bones altered the structure of Clift's face so much that filming of his scenes after his return to the production was difficult. Modern sources also note that audiences frequently went to the film to make comparisons of "before" and "after" shots of Clift.

Raintree County was the first picture to be filmed using Panavision's "Camera 65" process. Most release prints, however, were issued as 35mm anamorphic prints. Actor Gardner McKay (1932 - 2001), who appeared briefly as a Union soldier, made his feature film debut in Raintree County. Most of the film was shot on location near Danville, Kentucky. Var reported that the swamp scenes were filmed at Reelfoot Lake, Tiptonville, Tennessee, and that mansions were photographed in Natchez and Port Gibson, Mississippi, while a June 11, 1956 HR article adds location shooting along the Ohio River, Ohio. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Taylor), Best Art Direction, Best Score and Best Costume Design.

Music includes "The Song of Raintree County," music by Johnny Green, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, sung by Nat "King" Cole.

American Film Institute Catalog

Poster artwork courtesy of Cyrus


Red River.- programas

El segundo programa es una guía original (la nº 65) de la Editorial Bengala.




Arline Cunningham

Fue la primera secretaria que tuvo Montgomery Clift y trabajó para él de 1949 a 1954. En la biografía de Patricia Bosworth se cuenta como empezó a trabajar y lo que vivió junto al actor.

En 1949, Monty estaba recibiendo mucho correo de sus fans y tantos guiones que contrató a una secretaria toda la jornada. Cabe destacar en qué fecha tan temprana, pero es muestra del estrellato repentino que había alcanzado Monty. Arline Cunningham, era una joven de diecinueve años, descrita como una efervescente morena que procedía de una familia venida a menos de Pennsylvania. También cuenta de ella que después de ver Red River (Río Rojo, 1948) había cogido el autobús Greyhound hacia Nueva York con el deseo de conocer a Montgomery Clift. Lo sorprendente de la historia es que localizó al actor.

Llegó al apartamento de Monty Clift en Park Avenue y al llamar al timbre, le abrió Brooks Clift quien la recuerda así:

"Era esa encantadora muchacha preguntando '¿Vive aquí Montgomery Clift?' ".

Monty no estaba, pero le hizo entrar y charlaron de Río Rojo. Luego la ayudó a buscar alojamiento. Al cabo de unas semanas, Arline consiguió un empleo como mecanógrafa en la MCA y pronto se abrió camino hasta convertirse en la secretaria de Jay Kantor, que era uno de los principales agentes de Monty en Nueva York.

En 1949, Kantor le pidió que saliese en una limusina hacia Idlewild y le dio estas instrucciones:

"Recoges a Monty Clift. Viene de Hollywood, reúnete con él, dale estos guiones y acompáñalo a casa."

Arline hizo lo que se le había ordenado, pero también entretuvo a Monty tranquilamente en el camino de regreso a Manhattan. Según Patricia Bosworth, Monty quedó hechizado por su serenidad y su aparente tranquilidad interior.

La contrató a media jornada para que leyese y comentase sus guiones, respondiera su correo y al teléfono y para que, en general, organizase su apretada agenda. Paulatinamente comenzó a depender de su criterio y de sus opiniones y quedó absorbida en su vida. Empezó acompañándole a los escenarios y al teatro. Pasaba los fines de semana con Monty y Roddy McDowall en la finca de Libby Holmna (me imagino que se trata de Treetops). Es curiosa la simbiosis de las dos vidas sin que entre ellos hubiera una relación. Por otra parte, Monty era capaz de mostrarse muy tenaz cuando quería algo pero al mismo tiempo dependía de los demás.

Arline fantaseaba vagamente sobre convertirse en actriz, pero nunca fue más allá de sus palabras.

Rosemary Santini, que la conoció cuando ambas vivían en Greenwich Village la recuerda así:

Ella era maravillosa, quitaba la respiración. La calificaría de una belleza exuberante como Elizabeth Taylor, a quien en cierto modo se parecía: tenía grandes senos, piel aterciopelada, enormes y chispeantes ojos y era muy sensual. Podía estar simunlando una gran diversión y reírse a carcajadas y de repente, se encerraba en sí misma y se volvía inalcanzable. Uno pensaba que era muy extraña.

Arline se enamoró de Monty, pero por entonces todas estaban enamoradas de él. Monty representaba una nueva clase de hombre en los desmayados años cincuenta Un muchacho que era poeta, vulnerable y alborotado y que no le importaba demostrarlo. Incluso creo que Arline vivió un tiempo con Monty, pero nadie parece saber si llegaron a consumar sus relaciones.

Ella también recuerda haberles visto juntos en una reunión

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Red River online

En Youtube habían subido la película. Eran un total de 13 partes pero sólo queda el comienzo:

En esta web ofrecen enlaces para ver la película online.

Y en esta otra web se pueden descargar los subtítulos.


The Young Lions.- pósters extranjeros

1.- "Le bal des maudits" poster francés
2.- "Los dioses vencidos" poster hispano (así se llamó en Chile)
3.- "Die jungen Löwen" posetr alemán
4.- "I giovani leoni" poster italiano


Árbol genealógico de los Blair (3)

John Blythe Dobson es un experto en genealogía y tiene en su web un interesante artículo, con el árbol genealógico incluido sobre la relación familiar entre Montgomery Clift y su abuela Jean Margaret (Kennedy) Mitchelson, que era de Canadá. La relación le viene a Monty a través de su abuelo materno Woodbury Blair y el nexo que une a ambas personas es la familia Quick a partir del matrimonio enre el holandés Theunis Thomasz. Quick y Belitje Jacobs van Vleckensteyn quienes vivieron en torno a 1670 (siglo XVII).

Recojo aquí la información porque yo también soy una apasionada de la genealogía.

Montgomery Clift

his cousinship with
Jean Margaret (Kennedy) Mitchelson
through the Quick family

Montgomery Clift Montgomery Blair
Montgomery Clift
Montgomery Blair
great-grandfather of
Montgomery Clift

Although Montgomery Clift was primarily of New England ancestry, through the Wendell family he was also descended from the Quick family of New York City, whence he was a 9th cousin once removed of my grandmother, Jean Margaret (Kennedy) Mitchelson.
The distinguished Quincy-Wendell clan were also ancestors of Dorothy Quincy, wife of John Hancock, of Louisa May Alcott, the novelist, and of Barrett Wendell, the literary critic. On the somewhat humbler Kranckheyt side of the table, interesting descendants include the brothers Mark and Carl Van Doren, literary critics, and Walter Cronkhite, the television journalist.
The founder of the Quicks probably had not settled on this surname when he came from Naarden in the Netherlands to New York, as it never appears in the earliest records in which he is mentioned. He appears to have been of quite humble social status, and is often called simply called “Theunis the mason” (Theunis de metselaer) instead of by his patronymic (Thomasz.). This has caused confusion in the literature with at least one other Theunis who happened to be a mason.

  Theunis Thomasz. Quick = Belitje Jacobs van Vleckensteyn
(living 1670) | (living 1673)
of New York City |
| |
Wyntje Theunisse Hillegond Theunisse
(1628-1681+) (1640-1707)
= Herck Syboutszen = Jacob Theuniszen
(ancestor of the de Key (d. 1691)
Kranckheyt family) of New York City
| |
Catryntje Hercks The Hon. (Captain)
= Ryck Abrahamse Teunis Jacobs De Key
van Lent (1659-1702/05)
of Newtown of New York City
| = Helena van Brugh
| |
Abraham Lent Catharina De Key
(1674-1749) (1681-1722/35)
of Tarrytown, N.Y. = Abraham Wendell
= Anna Catharina (1678-1734)
Meyer of Boston, Mass.
| |
Isaac Lent Elizabeth Wendell
(1707-1771) (1704-1769)
of Fishkill, = Edmund Quincy (IV)
Dutchess Co., N.Y. (1703-1788)
= Sara Luyster of Boston, merchant,
(1714-1767) grad. Harvard 1722
| |
Catharina Lent Dr. Jacob Quincy
(say 1743-1767+) (1734?-1773)
= Francis Harris of Boston, grad. Harvard 1753,
(1740-1816), Surgeon to Col. Joseph Dwight’s
of Sandy Cove, regiment at Crown Point
Digby Tp., Annapolis = Elizabeth Williams
(now Digby) Co., N.S. |
| |
Catherine Harris Elizabeth Wendell Quincy
(1767-1846) (1763-1853)
= John Comfort = The Hon. Asa G. Clapp
(ca. 1755-1830) (1762-1848)
of Clinton Tp., of Portland, Maine,
Lincoln Co., Deleg. to the Constitutional Convention
Upper Canada of 1819; Rep. in State Legislature;
| said to have been the
| wealthiest man in Maine
| |
Francis Comfort Elizabeth Williams Clapp
(1800-1880) (1796-1873)
of Beamsville, = (Judge) The Hon. Levi Woodbury
Clinton Tp., Lincoln Co. (1789-1851)
= Jemima Wilcox of Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
(1801-1876) governor, state senator,
| secretary of the navy,
| secretary of the treasury,
| Assoc. Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
| |
Margaret Comfort Mary Elizabeth ("Minna") Woodbury
(1833-1916) (1821-1887)
= John Kennedy (IV) = The Hon. Montgomery Blair
(1832-1897), (1813-1883)
of St. Anns, of St. Louis, Missouri
Gainsborough Tp., Postmaster-General of the U.S.,
Lincoln Co. lawyer, abolitionist
| |
John Kennedy (V) Woodbury Blair
(1862-1939) (1852-1933)
of Melita, Manitoba, 1st Postmaster-General
Canada of Lincoln, Nebraska
= Susanna Samantha ~ Maria Latham Anderson
Helena Young (ca. 1856- )
(1882-1937) /
| \
| (illegitimate)
Jean Margaret Kennedy Ethel Anderson Fogg
(1917-2000) (adopted by Fogg family)
= Richard Harry (1888-1972?)
Mitchelson, Jr. = William Brooks Clift
(1914-1998), (1886-1964)
of Winnipeg, Manitoba |
(my natural |
grandparents) |
(Edward) Montgomery Clift
film actor


Das Neuf Film Programm.- Stazione Termini

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No estoy segura de si se trata de una revista alemana o de un programa de mano de los que se repartían en los cines.


Foto del mes (23)

Se acercaba al guión como un científico- dijo de él Burt Lancaster.

Este fotogramas corresponde a The Defector (El desertor, 1966), es la escena en que el científico Brown interpretado por Montgomery Clift observa los microfilms.
Su carrera comprende 17 títulos entre 1948 y 1966. Trabajó con los grandes directores (Hawks, Hitchcock, Stevens, Zinnemann, Kazan, Huston, Wyler) y las grandes estrellas (Lancaster, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Brando, Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor especialmente) de entonces.
Su carrera comprende 17 títulos entre 1948 y 1966. Trabajó con los grandes directores (Hawks, Hitchcock, Stevens, Zinnemann, Kazan, Huston, Wyler) y las grandes estrellas (Lancaster, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Brando, Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor especialmente) de entonces.
Su carrera comprende 17 títulos entre 1948 y 1966. Trabajó con los grandes directores (Hawks, Hitchcock, Stevens, Zinnemann, Kazan, Huston, Wyler) y las grandes estrellas (Lancaster, Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Brando, Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor especialmente) de entonces.
The Right Profile
Say, where did I see this guy?
In red river?
Or a place in the sun?
Maybe the misfits?
Or from here to eternity?

Everybody say, is he all right?
And everybody say, whats he like?
Everybody say, he sure looks funny.
Thats...Montgomery Clift, honey!

New York, New York, New York, 42nd street
Hustlers rustle and pimps pimp the beat
Monty Clift is recognized at dawn
He aint got no shoes and his clothes are torn

I see a car smashed at night
Cut the applause and dim the light
Monty's face is broken on a wheel
Is he alive? can he still feel?

Everybody say, is he all right?
And everybody say, whats he like?
Everybody say, he sure looks funny.
Thats...Montgomery Clift, honey!

Nembutol numbs it all
But I prefer alcohol

He said go out and get me my old movie stills
Go out and get me another roll of pills
There I go again shaking, but I aint got the chills