I just couldn't think of anything to write for Nat's Montgomery Clift Blog-a-Thon over at the Film Experience. I just haven't seen enough of his films to have a strong connection to the man. Don't get me wrong, I've thought he was extremely super in the ones I have seen - A Place in the Sun and The Misfits - but from my count he only made, shockingly, 17 films (receiving four Academy Award nominations) before his very untimely death at the age of 45 (if my maths is correct). He would be 87 today.
I was considering doing a Montgomery: The Movie entry casting modern day actors as people in Monty's life and such - Alex O'Loughlin was to play Clift! But then I got sleepy and went to the gym instead.
So, in the absense of, you know, the skills to write something I turn to my trusty pal YouTube. So, here are an assortment of clips relating to Montgomery's films in the order that they were released. I tried to get something for each of the 17 movies he appeared in, but some were just non-existent on the You and the Tube.
The trailer for The Search (1948), Monty's film debut and first Oscar nomination
A collage of scenes from his John Wayne western teamup Red River (1948). Obviously he was the sexiest cowboy ever. Jake has no chance in that match up.
A scene from William Wyler's The Heiress (1949) with Olivia de Havilland (in her Oscar winning role).
Unfortunately there is nothing related to The Big Lift (1950).
Receiving his second Oscar nomination for best actor, here's a clip from A Place in the Sun (1951)
A clip from Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess (1953).
I couldn't find anything for Indiscretion (1953), aka Terminal Station
Monty plays the trumpet in From Here to Eternity (1953), a film that garnered him his third best actor Oscar nomination.
Here is a picture slideshow of images from the making of Raintree Country (1957), which was the film he was making when he had his disfiguring car accident :( There are several of Clift on set with his friend and co-star Liz Taylor.
As far as I'm aware there isn't anything for Lonelyhearts (1958) or The Young Lions (1958).
A scene featuring Monty and Katherine Hepburn from Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), which was yet another Clift-Taylor reuinion (they had many).
Unfortunately there's nothing for Wild River (1960)
The trailer for The Misfits (1961), the infamous John Huston film. Its legacy of being both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe's last ever film is what will keep it in the minds of cinemaniacs forever.
Monty's scene from Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), a seven minute sequence that got him his fourth and final oscar nomination, and his first for supporting actor.
Sadly there's nothing to found for either of Montgomery's last two film, Freud (1962) in which he played Sigmund Fraud (analyze this!) and The Defector (1966).
To make up for a disappointing end, here is a smashing good clip from Dinah Shore's '70s chat show Dinah! from an episode titled "The Ladies Who Went Home With Oscar". It features Shelley Winters, Olivia de Havilland, Eva Marie Saint and Shirley Jones, all of whom except for the latter happened to have worked with Monty at some point during their careers on A Place in the Sun, The Heiress and Raintree Country respectively. They speak very fondly of him, but also discuss the troubled man that he was. It's fabulous to watch these classic stars of Hollywood though, isn't it? I wish more shows did stuff like this. The most similar thing I've seen lately was Nora Ephron, Geena Davis and Diahann Carroll talking about their neck fat on Oprah. Hmmm...