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Montana Moon (1930)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 20 March 1930 (USA)
While returning to Montana from a fling in New York, wealthy Joan Prescott leaves the train, intending to return to the big city. She runs into handsome cowboy Larry and gets engaged. On ... See full summary »

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Malcolm St. Clair

Writers:

Sylvia Thalberg (original story and continuity), Frank Butler (original story and continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Joan
Johnny Mack Brown ... Larry (as John Mack Brown)
Dorothy Sebastian ... Elizabeth
Ricardo Cortez ... Jeff
Benny Rubin ... The Doctor
Cliff Edwards ... Froggy
Karl Dane ... Hank
Lloyd Ingraham ... Mr.Prescott
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Storyline

While returning to Montana from a fling in New York, wealthy Joan Prescott leaves the train, intending to return to the big city. She runs into handsome cowboy Larry and gets engaged. On their wedding night she does a sultry dance with Jeff which ends with a prolonged kiss. Larry slugs Jeff. Angry Joan entrains for New York, but train robbers kidnap her. The leader of the pretend-bandits is Larry. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Montana See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in New York City on the Late, Late Show Monday 29 September 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2); its San Francisco television premiere occurred 25 February 1959 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Joan: Well, I hope he's worthy of ya.
Elizabeth: Hmm. I just hope that I'm worthy of him.
Joan: You get that right outta your noodle, right now. Cause you are - plenty!
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Alternate Versions

MGM also released this movie in a silent version See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Cowboy
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Sung by the cowboys
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Those Wild Presscott Girls
23 August 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Montana Moon finds Joan Crawford and Dorothy Sebastian as the Presscott Sisters who apparently never mix with the hired help on the father's ranch in Montana. To use the term of the day, the two are a pair of hard living flappers. Joan is partying hearty with Ricardo Cortez though the one that really likes him is Sebastian.

The two are on their way back with dad Lloyd Ingraham to the ranch when Joan decides she isn't going to stay in dull old Montana, she's changing trains for the next eastbound one they have. But wandering off from the station for a bit, she runs into cowboy Johnny Mack Brown who as it happens works for her father.

Brown had an interesting career he was a football star for his native University of Alabama, an All American long before Bear Bryant came on the scene and was snapped up by Hollywood during the silent Twenties. That southern drawl insured he'd be cast in westerns like Montana Moon and soon he was doing them almost exclusively as he became a B picture cowboy hero and worked pretty steadily.

Anyway the rest of Montana Moon concerns Joan and Johnny's rocky road to romance and the two lifestyles not blending real well, especially after Ricardo Cortez gets back in the picture.

Cliff Edwards and Benny Rubin play an interesting pair of sidekicks and silent Danish comedian Karl Dane is also a ranch cowboy with very little dialog. He did not transition well to sound and Louis B. Mayer was letting him fill out his contract with a bit part with few words. In four years Dane would be dead by suicide.

Not a great film in the collected works of Joan Crawford. But Montana Moon was a typical Crawford party girl role that she did before MGM discovered she could act.


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