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The Search for Montgomery Clift

The Search for Montgomery Clift
Hollywood Scrapbook Series 1

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The Hollywood Scrapbook Episode 1: The Search for Montgomery Clift is available here and in iTunes…so subscribe now!

For this inaugural episode of The Hollywood Scrapbook, we’re traveling back to post-war Hollywood and unearthing the the many reasons why Monty Clift’s screen debut in 1948, both in Fred Zinnemann’s The Search and Howard Hawks’ Red River, was a perfect marriage of talent and timing. We’ll follow Clift from his home on the Broadway stage to the ruins of Nuremberg to the arms of Elizabeth Taylor, and we’ll see why his stubborn, even arrogant, refusal to conform to Hollywood norms paved the way for everyone from Marlon Brando to Daniel Day-Lewis.

Please Note: Rather than focusing on Clift’s private life, this episode is entirely dedicated to Monty’s birth as an actor and his creative process which, if Monty were alive today, is most assuredly what he’d prefer to talk about.



Montgomery Clift
Patricia Bosworth, 1978

Monty: A Biography of Montgomery Clift
By Robert LaGuardia, 1977

The Hollywood Rebels (1983)
Documentary by Claudio Masenza

A Howard Hawks Tribute
Produced by Turner Classic Movies

Olivia de Havilland (2006)
Interview with the American Academy of Achievement

“The Dance,”
Franz Waxman, A Place in the Sun Original Soundtrack

“Begin the Beguine”
Artie Shaw, 1938

Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, 1925

“Hooray for Hollywood” from Hollywood Hotel (1937)
by Richard Whiting, performed by Johnnie Davis and Frances Langford and the Benny Goodman and his orchestra.

The Search (1948)

Red River (1948)

Key Largo (1948)

A Gentleman’s Agreement (1948)

Fort Apache (1948)


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