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The Magnificent Montague ran from 1950 to 1951 and starred Monty Woolley as Edwin Mantague who along with his wife, played by Anne Seymour were always getting mixed up in comedic adventures. The show is a treat for the whole family.
Monty Woolley (August 17, 1888 – May 6, 1963) was an American stage, film, radio, and television actor. At the age of 50, he achieved a measure of stardom for his best-known role in the stage play and 1942 film The Man Who Came to Dinner. His distinctive white beard was "his trademark" and he was affectionately known as "The Beard."
Woolley was born Edgar Montillion Woolley in New York City to a wealthy family (his father owned the Bristol Hotel) and grew up in the highest social circles. Woolley received a Bachelor's degree at Yale University, where Cole Porter was an intimate friend and classmate, and Master's degrees from Yale and Harvard University. He eventually became an assistant professor of English and dramatic coach at Yale. Thornton Wilder and Stephen Vincent Benét were among his students. He served in World War I in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant assigned to the general staff in Paris.
Woolley began directing on Broadway in 1929, and began acting there in 1936 after leaving his academic career. In 1939 he starred in the Kaufman and Hart comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner for 783 performances. It was for this well-reviewed role he was typecast as the wasp-tongued, supercilious sophisticate.
Like Clifton Webb, Woolley signed with 20th Century Fox in the 1940s and appeared in many films through the mid-1950s. His most famous film role was one which he first performed on Broadway, that of a cranky radio wag restricted to a wheelchair because of a seemingly-injured hip in 1942's The Man Who Came to Dinner, a caricature of the legendary pundit Alexander Woollcott. The film received a good review from the New York Times. He played himself in Warner Bros.' fictionalized film biography of Cole Porter, Night and Day (1946).
He was also a frequent radio presence as a guest performer, from the time he first appeared in the medium as a foil to Al Jolson. Woolley became a familiar guest presence on such shows as The Fred Allen Show, Duffy's Tavern, The Big Show, The Chase and Sanborn Hour with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, and others. In 1950, Woolley landed the starring role in the NBC series, The Magnificent Montague. He played a former Shakespearean actor whose long fall onto hard times forced him to swallow his pride and take a role on daily network radio, becoming an unlikely star while sparring with his wife, Lily (Anne Seymour); and, his wise-cracking maid, Agnes (Pert Kelton). The show lasted from November 1950 through September 1951.
Woolley appeared on television at first in cameos, then his own dramatic play series On Stage with Monty Woolley. He starred in a CBS TV adaptation of The Man Who Came to Dinner in 1954, which he and some reviewers lambasted, and appeared in other televised dramas in the series Best of Broadway.
After completing his last film, Kismet (1955), he returned to radio for about a year, after which he was forced to retire due to ill health.
Woolley was nominated twice for an Academy Award, as Best Actor in 1943 for The Pied Piper and as Best Supporting Actor in 1945 for Since You Went Away. He won a Best Actor award from the National Board of Review in 1942 for his role in The Pied Piper.
His handprints and beard were impressed in the pavement of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 1943. Woolley received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, officially listed in the "Motion Picture" category, though his star bears the television emblem.
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Magnificent Montague 50-11-10 (01) Starring Role in Radio
Magnificent Montague 50-11-17 (02) Aunt Agatha
Magnificent Montague 50-11-24 (03) To Play Romeo
Magnificent Montague 50-12-01 (04) To Shave or Not to Shave
Magnificent Montague 50-12-08 (05) Agnes Quits
Magnificent Montague 50-12-15 (06) One Thousand Dollar Prize
Magnificent Montague 50-12-22 (07) A Child Visits
Magnificent Montague 51-01-05 (09) Montague's Father
Magnificent Montague 51-01-12 (10) Movie Offer
Magnificent Montague 51-01-19 (11) Lost in Hollywood
Magnificent Montague 51-01-26 (12) Screen Test
Magnificent Montague 51-02-02 (13) Sharing Bungalow
Magnificent Montague 51-02-09 (14) 25th Wedding Anniversary
Magnificent Montague 51-02-23 (16) Measles
Magnificent Montague 51-03-09 (18) Gossip Column
Magnificent Montague 51-03-18 (19) Diet
Magnificent Montague 51-04-06 (22) Gambling
Magnificent Montague 51-04-13 (23) Road Show
Magnificent Montague 51-04-20 (24) Shakespeare on the Radio
Magnificent Montague 51-04-27 (25) Summer Getaway Cottage
Magnificent Montague 51-04-27 (25) Summer Get-Away Cottage
Magnificent Montague 51-05-04 (26) South Pacific Auditions
Magnificent Montague 51-05-12 (27) Baby in the House
Magnificent Montague 51-05-19 (28) Big Ed McClune
Magnificent Montague 51-05-26 (29) Montague's Surprise Birthday Party
Magnificent Montague 51-06-02 (30) School
Magnificent Montague 51-06-16 (32) Father of the Year
Magnificent Montague 51-06-23 (33) Culture in Brooklyn
Magnificent Montague 51-06-30 (34) July Fourth
Magnificent Montague 51-07-21 (37) Edwin Montague Day
Magnificent Montague 51-07-28 (38) Gwendoline Visits
Magnificent Montague 51-08-04 (39) Fifty Dollar Prize
Magnificent Montague 51-08-11 (40) Agnes Joins a Cult
Magnificent Montague 51-08-25 (42) Lily Gets a Dog
Magnificent Montague 51-09-01 (43) Gossip Column (different than 51-03-09)
Magnificent Montague 51-09-08 (44) Boo Boo Foo Foo