biographyBorn George Montgomery Letz in Brady, Montana, on August 29, 1916, George Montgomery attended the University of Montana and indulged in boxing before making his way to Hollywood in 1935. That same year, he made his first film appearance in The Singing Vagabond, a Republic western starring Gene Autry. Throughout the late 1930s, he took bit roles and did a lot of stuntwork in a number of Republic westerns, billed as 'George Letz.' In 1939, he signed with 20th Century Fox and shortened his name to George Montgomery. Fox featured Montgomery in dramas (such as Star Dust and Young People) as well as westerns (including The Cisco Kid and the Lady and The Cowboy and the Blonde). He also starred in musicals, such as Orchestra Wives (1942; with Ann Rutherford) and Coney Island (1943; with Betty Grable). Military service during World War II interrupted his career, and while in the service, he married singer Dinah Shore in 1943. After returning from the war, Montgomery found himself back in 'B' westerns, rather than the 'A' pictures he'd been making at Fox before the war.
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Cadet Girl (1941)
The Girl From Manhattan (1948)
Belle Starr's Daughter (1948)
The Texas Rangers (1951)
With Gale Storm in the Columbia western The Texas Rangers
Gun Belt (1953)
Montgomery roughs up Tab Hunter in Gun Belt
The Pathfinder (1953)
From The Pathfinder, which also features Helena Carter in one of her last films before retiring from the screen
Last of the Badmen (1957)
Street of Sinners (1957)
Written and directed by George Montgomery, Samar stars Montgomery as Dr. Saunders. LEFT: Nico Minardos and Ziva Rodann are pictured. RIGHT: With Joan O'Brien, Ziva Rodann, and Gilbert Roland
Hallucination Generation (1966)
Hostile Guns (1967)
Strangers at Sunrise (1969)
later yearsWith his career at 20th Century Fox going nowhere fast, George Montgomery headed over to Columbia, where he starred in many features in the 1950s. Also, he contracted with Columbia to build sets and props for the studio. Eventually, Montgomery became as well known for his furniture building and architectural talents as he was for his acting. Additionally, in the early 1960s, he went behind the camera to write, produce, and direct some of the films he starred in, including The Steel Claw (1961), Samar (1962; with Gilbert Roland), and Satan's Harvest (1970; with Tippi Hedren), among others.
Dinah Shore and George Montgomery divorced in May 1962, after two children and nearly 20 years together. In August 1963, Montgomery was the intended victim of his former housekeeper, who attempted to murder him after a brief fling. In the 1970s, Montgomery's screen appearances became few and far between, as he settled into a life of semi-retirement while watching over his business interests. Shore passed away in 1994 at the age of 76 after a bout with cancer. Montgomery passed away on December 12, 2000, at the age of 84. He was survived by a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.
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Cimarron City (6 DVD Set) [DVD] DVD
Rising up during the Oklahoma Territory oil and gold boom of the 1890s, the town of Cimarron City was the setting for this 1958-59 NBC sagebrusher, with Mayor Matt Rockford (George Montgomery) and sheriff Lane Temple (John Smith) teaming up to keep the peace in their bustling frontier burg. Audrey Totter and a pre-"Bonanza" Dan Blocker also starred. <
Cimarron City (3 DVD Set) [DVD](1958) DVD
Twelve episodes from the first and only season--including "Terror Town," "Medicine Man," "The Bloodline," "The Ratman," and "The Evil One"--are featured in a three-disc set. 10 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. **12 episodes on 3 discs. 10 hrs.**
Golden Age Theater, Vol. 7 [DVD] DVD
Includes four episodes featuring such stars as Ronald Reagan, Alan Ladd, Harry Belafonte, Ethel Waters, and George Montgomery. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Wagon Train: The Complete Season One [DVD](1957) DVD
All 39 episodes from the debut season--including "The Willy Moran Story," "The Mary Halstead Story," "The Cliff Grundy Story," "The Rex Montana Story," and "The Sacramento Story"--are featured in a 10-disc set. 32 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **39 episodes on 10 discs. 32 1/2 hrs.**
The Odd Couple: The Final Season [DVD](1974) DVD
All 22 episodes from the fifth and final season--including "The Rain in Spain," "The Hollywood Story," "The Rent Strike," "Old Flames Never Die," and "Felix Remarries"--are featured in a three-disc set. 9 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo. **22 episodes on 3 discs. 9 1/3 hrs.**
George Montgomery Action Adventure Collection [DVD] DVD
An outstanding adventure collection starring George Montgomery begins with "Samar" (1962), in which Montgomery and Gilbert Roland appear as two officials so appalled by the cruelties of their Philippine prison system that they lead the inmates to revolt and freedom. Ziva Rodann, Joan O'Brien also star. Next, Montgomery's unique war drama "Guerillas in Pink Lace" (1964) focuses on a group of showgirls stranded in the Philippines in 1941 at the height of the Japanese invasion. The women show off their military prowess after Montgomery helps train them to become top-notch fighters. With Joan Shawlee, Valerie Varda. Next, the two-fisted "Satan's Harvest" (1970) stars Montgomery as an American gumshoe who discovers that the estate he has inherited is being controlled by a group of ruthless dope-smugglers. Tippi Hedren, Matt Monro co-star. Two-disc set also includes "The Steel Claw." 6 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; biographies; theatrical trailers; trivia.
Hands Across The Border (1944)/Billy The Kid Returns [DVD](1938) DVD
Roy Rogers shoots, sings and slugs as he helps a pretty rancher avenge her paw's death and rides Trigger in a race to save her stables. Ruth Terry, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Onslow Stevens co-star. Then, an early starring role for Roy Rogers casts him as the famed frontier gunslinger, now reformed and ready to clean up lawless Lincoln County. Smiley Burnette, Lynne Roberts co-star. 108 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; scene access.
Rough Riders' Round-Up [DVD](1939) DVD
Fresh from the Spanish-American War, Roy Rogers and pals Raymond Hatton and Eddie Acuff join the Border Patrol. But when Acuff is gunned down by a notorious outlaw, Rogers and Hatton track down the killer and find him working an gold smuggling operation. Lots of action in this early Rogers oater; with Mary Hart (Lynne Roberts), William Pawley. 54 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono. Plays All Regions.
The Arizona Kid [DVD](1939) DVD
Roy Rogers is the Kid in this action-filled Civil War Western. His mission is to round up a band of renegade soldiers working for the Confederacy. Co-stars "Gabby" Hayes. 62 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; biographies; featurette.
In Old Caliente [DVD](1939) DVD
An immigrant family is falsely accused of robbing a gold shipment, and it's up to ranchhand Roy Rogers to bring the guilty party to justice. Sagebrush saga also stars Katherine DeMille, Mary Hart and "Gabby" Hayes, who joins Roy in singing the classic duet "We're Not Comin' Out Tonight." 53 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo. Plays All Regions.
Young People [DVD](1940) DVD
Filmdom's pluckiest orphan, Shirley Temple, finds herself parentless once again, until retiring vaudevillians Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood adopt her. The family moves to a small town that doesn't take to "show folk," but Shirley sets out to change their feelings. Songs include "Tra-La-La," "Fifth Avenue" and the title tune. 79 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
Shirley Temple Collection, Vol. 6 [DVD] DVD
Three-disc set includes "Stowaway," "Wee Willie Winkie" and "Young People."
Accent On Love [DVD](1941) DVD
Stifled by an unfulfilling job and a loveless marriage, executive George Montgomery chucks it all and signs on as a ditch-digger for a WPA project in the New York slums. Making new friends and a new life, he's in for a shock when he decides to confront the landlord of his tenement. Social drama co-stars Osa Massen, J. Carroll Naish, Thurston Hall, Cobina Wright. 62 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
China Girl [DVD](1942) DVD
Imprisoned after the Japanese invasion of Burma, American pilot George Montgomery escapes to Mandalay, where he has his heart stolen by beautiful Chinese hotelier Gene Tierney. She wants his help in fleeing to Kunming, but their plans are compromised by supposed allies with traitorous agendas. Victor McLaglen, Lynn Bari co-star; Henry Hathaway directs from a script by Ben Hecht and Darryl Zanuck. 96 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Orchestra Wives [DVD](1942) DVD
Vibrant tale of a newly-married Big Band trumpeteer whose marriage is considered a bad bet by the other band members and wives because of the schemes of a sultry lead singer. Glenn Miller and his Band, George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Cesar Romero, Lynn Bari, and Jackie Gleason star. Songs include "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo," "At Last," "Serenade in Blue." 97 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.
Roxie Hart [DVD](1942) DVD
The broad and breezy Roaring '20s comedy that was later transformed into the musical "Chicago" stars Ginger Rogers in the title role of brash dance hall girl Roxie, who confesses to a murder committed by her no-good husband in the hope of giving her show career a boost. Adolphe Menjou shines as Rogers' slick attorney; with George Montgomery, George Chandler, Phil Silvers. 74 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.
Davy Crockett, Indian Scout [DVD](1950) DVD
Nephew to the famous Alamo legend, Davy Crockett (George Montgomery) takes on the role of scout for a wagon train heading west in 1848. As the convoy enters the most hostile territory, it is discovered that there is at least one traitor among them acting as an informant for the Indians. This colorful western adventure co-stars Ellen Drew, Noah Beery, Jr. 71 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Battle Of Rogue River [DVD](1954) DVD
Set against the backdrop of Oregon's struggle to gain statehood in 1850, this western classic concerns a no-nonsense cavalry man who is assigned to protect settlers in the area around Rogue River. As some black hats attempt to rile local Indians as a means to distract attention from their true plans of claiming mineral-rich lands, our hero sets out to stop them. George Montgomery, Richard Denning, Charles Evans star; directed by William Castle. 70 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Robbers' Roost [DVD](1955) DVD
A cowboy (George Montgomery) on the trail of his wife's killer joins up with a gang of outlaws who've been taken on as ranch hands for a massive cattle drive. Can he turn up the murderer before the rustlers spring their thieving agenda? Rousing take on the Zane Grey story also stars Richard Boone, Peter Graves, Bruce Bennett, Warren Stevens. 83 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Huk! [DVD](1956) DVD
George Montgomery is the plantation owner who battles the Huks--native insurrectionists--on his plantation in the Philippines after World War II. Joining him in his fight are compadre John Baer and wife Mona Freeman, who happens to love Montgomery secretly. Eventually, the planters must save women and children threatened by the Huks. Scripted by Stirling Silliphant ("In the Heat of the Night"). 85 min.
Canyon River [DVD](1956) DVD
Intense Western follows a rancher as he travels from Wyoming to Oregon with plans of crossbreeding his cattle to develop a hardier stock. Along the way, he becomes the target of a murder scheme that would steal his animals and leave him six feet under. Can our hero avoid falling victim to the nefarious plot? George Montgomery, Marcia Henderson, Peter Graves star. AKA: "Cattle King." 80 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Gun Duel In Durango [DVD](1957) DVD
Ex-outlaw leader George Montgomery is given an offer he can't refuse by the gang leader who succeeded him-return to the group, or else! Montgomery had hoped his marriage to Judy (Ann Robinson) would help him along on the straight and narrow path, but now it appears he'll have to fire his weapon at least one more time before settling down. Who will get the final bullet? Romantic western co-stars Steve Brodie, Don "Red" Barry, Boyd "Red" Morgan. 74 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Black Patch [DVD](1957) DVD
Can you still be the fastest gun in the West with only one eye? Just ask Marshal Clay Morgan (George Montgomery), known as "Black Patch" after losing an eye in the Civil War, who is forced to arrest the husband of an old flame when he is accused of bank robbery. Morgan comes under suspicion when the suspect is killed and the loot from the robbery goes missing. Diane Brewster, Leo Gordon co-star. 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; photo gallery.
The Toughest Gun In Tombstone [DVD](1958) DVD
A widowed U.S. marshal (George Montgomery) is sent to lawless Tombstone on an undercover assignment, tasked with infiltrating a rustling ring and bringing it down from within. Will he be able to stick to the plan when one of the desperadoes is revealed to be his wife's killer? Jim Davis, Beverly Tyler, Gerald Milton, Scotty Morrow co-star. 72 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Man From God's Country [DVD](1958) DVD
Retired lawman Dan Beattie (George Montgomery) is mistaken for a railroad company agent and nearly killed by the henchman of crooked businessman Santee (Frank Wilcox), who wants to keep the rails out of his town. Now, Montgomery has to convince an old war buddy (House Peters, Jr.)--who works for Santee--to stand with him and do what's right. With Randy Stuart, Kim Charney. 72 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
King Of The Wild Stallions [DVD](1959) DVD
Unless she can raise $500, a pretty widow will lose her land to a wealthy cattle owner who is offering the money she needs as a reward for the capture of a wild stallion that roams the area. When her son decides that he wants to keep the horse for himself, she turns to a handsome ranch foreman to solve her problems. George Montgomery, Diane Brewster, Edgar Buchanan star. Soundtrack: English.
The Steel Claw [DVD](1961) DVD
George Montgomery wrote, directed and stars in this WWII story of a one-handed officer who, while waiting for his retirement from the military, stages one last strike, leading Filipino forces against Japanese troops. With Charito Luna. 96 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono. Plays All Regions.
Battle Of The Bulge [DVD](1965) DVD
Spectacular battle sequences and an all-star cast highlight this WWII epic that chronicles one of the war's most crucial conflicts. Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, and Robert Ryan are Allied soldiers facing a German Panzer attack in the Ardennes led by tank commander Robert Shaw. With Dana Andrews, George Montgomery, James MacArthur. 170 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; featurettes; theatrical trailer.
Battle Of The Bulge [Blu-ray](1965)
Spectacular battle sequences and an all-star cast highlight this WWII epic that chronicles one of the war's most crucial conflicts. Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, and Robert Ryan are Allied soldiers facing a German Panzer attack in the Ardennes led by tank commander Robert Shaw. With Dana Andrews, George Montgomery, James MacArthur. 169 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish.
Henry Fonda: The Signature Collection [DVD] DVD
Four-disc set includes "Mister Roberts," "The Wrong Man," "Advise and Consent," and "Battle of the Bulge."
The Daredevil [DVD](1972) DVD
George Montgomery's last starring role features the action icon as a stockcar racer in this cross between "Thunder Road" and "Smokey and the Bandit." After shouldering the blame for the death of a black driver during a racially charged race, Montgomery's life spins out of control. Reluctantly, he becomes a driver for a drug smuggler, which leads to car chases and a climactic finale in this drive-in exploitation gem. Terry Moore and Cyril Poitier (Sidney's brother) co-star. 91 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
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Wild Wind (1986)
The Daredevil (1972) with Terry Moore
Satan's Harvest (1970) with Tippi Hedren
Strangers at Sunrise (1969) with Deana Martin
Bomb at 10:10 (1967)
Hostile Guns (1967) with Yvonne De Carlo, Tab Hunter, John Russell, Brian Donlevy, James Craig, and Richard Arlen
Warkill (1967) with Tom Drake
Hell of Borneo (1966) with Rita Moreno
Hallucination Generation (1966)
Outlaw of Red River (1965) with Raf Baldassarre
Battle of the Bulge (1965) with Henry Fonda, Ty Hardin, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews, Pier Angeli, and Charles Bronson
Guerillas in Pink Lace (1964)
Samar (1962) with Gilbert Roland, Ziva Rodann, and Joan O'Brien
The Steel Claw (1961)
King of the Wild Stallions (1959)
Watusi (1959) with Taina Elg, David Farrar, and Rex Ingram
Badman's Country (1958) with Neville Brand, Buster Crabbe, and Karin Booth
Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958) with Jim Davis
Man from God's Country (1958) with Phillip Terry
Black Patch (1957) with Diane Brewster and Sebastian Cabot
Pawnee (1957) with Bill Williams and Dabbs Greer
Street of Sinners (1957) with Geraldine Brooks
Gun Duel in Durango (1957) with Ann Robinson, Steve Brodie, Don 'Red' Barry, and Denver Pyle
Last of the Badmen (1957) with Keith Larsen, James Best, Douglas Kennedy, Willis Bouchey, and Michael Ansara
Canyon River (1956) with Peter Graves, Marcia Henderson, and Alan Hale
Huk! (1956) with Mona Freeman
Robbers' Roost (1955) with Bruce Bennett, William Hopper, Richard Boone, Peter Graves, and Warren Stevens
Seminole Uprising (1955) with Karin Booth
Masterson of Kansas (1954) with Nancy Gates
The Lone Gun (1954) with Dorothy Malone, Frank Faylen, and Neville Brand
The Battle of Rogue River (1954) with Richard Denning and Martha Hyer
Fort Ti (1953)
Gun Belt (1953) Tab Hunter, Jack Elam, Douglas Kennedy, and Willis Bouchey
Jack McCall Desperado (1953) with Angela Stevens and Douglas Kennedy
The Pathfinder (1953) with Helena Carter, Jay Silverheels, and Elena Verdugo
Indian Uprising (1952) with Carl Benton Reid
Cripple Creek (1952) with Karin Booth, Jerome Courtland, Richard Egan, and Don Porter
The Sword of Monte Cristo (1951) with Acquanetta, William Conrad, Rita Corday, Steve Brodie, and Lillian Bronson
The Texas Rangers (1951) with Gale Storm, Jerome Courtland, Noah Beery Jr., Douglas Kennedy, and Jock Mahoney
Dakota Lil (1950) with Marie Windsor, Rod Cameron, and Lillian Bronson
The Iroquois Trail (1950) with Brenda Marshall, Glenn Langan, Monte Blue, Sheldon Leonard, and Dan O'Herlihy
Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950) with Ellen Drew, Philip Reed, Noah Beery Jr., and Kenne Duncan
Belle Starr's Daughter (1948) with Ruth Roman and Rod Cameron
The Girl from Manhattan (1948) with Dorothy Lamour, Charles Laughton, Hugh Herbert, and William Frawley
Lulu Belle (1948) with Dorothy Lamour, Albert Dekker, Otto Kruger, and Glenda Farrell
The Brasher Doubloon (1947) with Nancy Guild and Conrad Janis
Three Little Girls in Blue (1946) with June Haver, Vivian Blaine, Celeste Holm, and Vera-Ellen
Bomber's Moon (1943) with Annabella and Kent Taylor
Coney Island (1943) with Betty Grable and Cesar Romero
China Girl (1942) with Gene Tierney and Lynn Bari
Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) with Maureen O'Hara
Roxie Hart (1942) with Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Phil Silvers, William Frawley, Spring Byington, and Morris Ankrum
Orchestra Wives (1942) with Lynn Bari, Glenn Miller, and Ann Rutherford
Accent on Love (1941) with Osa Massen, J. Carrol Naish, Cobina Wright, and Minerva Urecal
Cadet Girl (1941) with Carole Landis
The Riders of the Purple Sage (1941) with Kane Richmond
The Last of the Duanes (1941) with Eve Arden
The Cowboy and the Blonde (1941) with Mary Beth Hughes, Alan Mowbray, Minerva Urecal, and Fuzzy Knight
Charter Pilot (1940) with Lloyd Nolan, Lynn Bari, and Arleen Whelan
Jennie (1940) with William Henry
Star Dust (1940) with John Payne and Linda Darnell
Young People (1940) with Shirley Temple, Jack Oakie, Charlotte Greenwood, and Arleen Whelan
Hi-Yo Silver (1940) with Bruce Bennett
The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939) with Cesar Romero and Marjorie Weaver
The Lone Ranger (1938) with Bruce Bennett
Springtime in the Rockies (1937) with Gene Autry
Cimarron City, 1958-1959 TV series. Montgomery was both star and narrator for this hour-long NBC western
TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
The Odd Couple, episode The Hollywood Story, originally aired October 3, 1974
The Six Million Dollar Man, episode The Coward, originally aired April 19, 1974
Alias Smith and Jones, episode Jailbreak at Junction City, originally aired September 30, 1971
I Spy, episode A Day Called 4 Jaguar, originally aired March 9, 1966
Bonanza, episode The Code, originally aired February 13, 1966
Hawaiian Eye, episode Boar Hunt, originally aired February 5, 1963
Wagon Train, episode The Jesse Cowan Story, originally aired January 8, 1958
General Electric Theater, episode Thousand Dollar Gun, originally aired October 20, 1957
The Ford Television Theatre, episode The Quiet Stranger, originally aired January 9, 1957
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre, episode Ten Percent, originally aired August 28, 1956
Screen Directors Playhouse, episode Claire, originally aired April 25, 1956
Stage 7, episode The Traveling Salesman, originally aired June 12, 1955
Studio One, episode The Conviction of Peter Shea, originally aired March 14, 1955
General Electric Theater, episode The Return of Gentleman Jim, originally aired February 6, 1955
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