"Montana Moon" 1930
Cast: Joan Crawford (as Joan "Montana" Prescott), Johnny Mack Brown, Dorothy Sebastian,
Somehow doing a musical in the shaky infancy days of sound films, doesn't seem like such a great idea. Such was the format
with 'Montana Moon', and a great idea, it was not! Joan Prescott (Joan) is a wealthy young daughter of a Montana rancher.
Whilst on a train from New York City back to her home in Montana, she decides to sneak off the train before her final stop,
making a decision to turn around and go back to The Big Apple. Before she can get back on another train, she runs into handsome
cowboy, Larry Kerrigan (Johnny Mack Brown). In a typically accelerated movie romance, they fall in love and marry.
Although the film was a musical, in a strange marketing move, MGM also released a silent version of the same film. Joan sprained
her ankle during rehearsals and was forced to rest it before filming could begin. The story and screenplay were co-written
by Irving Thalberg's sister, Sylvia Thalberg.
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Reviewer, eguinea5, says...
Joan Crawford is modern, funny, loose and just plain terrific. She plays comedy with great finesse and there are many funny
moments. A pre-code film with lots of low costumes and suggestive language. Johnny Mack Brown gives a rather stodgy, wooden
performance as Joan's cowboy love. Ricardo Cortez plays the suave charmer aiming to reclaim his love. This 1929 film is well
photographed with use of train miniatures and real people, with on location shots mixed with a few painted backdrops. But
it's 1929...the depression and this movie is still an audience pleaser. Joan dances and sings...and really not bad at all.
WORTH A LOOK!
Mordaunt Hall of the "New York Times" had this to say, "An interminable, amateurish talking picture with spasmodic snatches of melody, is now sojourning at the Capitol...Taking it all in all, the most pleasing features in this production are Miss Crawford's camel's hair coat and her jodhpur riding, outfit...Miss Crawford appears to enjoy her role and sometimes her acting is quite fair."
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