TCM is celebrating Robert Montgomery’s birthday all day Thursday (May 21), and while I was typing out the schedule to post on the Examiner I bumped into the listing for “The First Hundred Years” (1938).
Warren William is third billed after Montgomery and Virginia Bruce in the 73 minute romantic comedy from MGM. What’s notable to me is that I haven’t seen it.
A handful of IMDb visitors don’t seem thrilled, rating it a 5.9/10. “The First Hundred Years” fares better in Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide which pins 3 stars on it and comments:
Chic comedy finds married couple Montgomery and Bruce at a crossroads: should she give up her successful career as a theatrical agent in N.Y.C. when he finally gets a big promotion that necessitates moving to New England? Ahead of its time, though the frivolity peters out before the end.
Hmm, “ahead of its time,” interesting.
From what I’ve read in period reviews Warren William is playing Virginia Bruce’s business partner.
“The First Hundred Years” airs at 1:30 pm Eastern time, Thursday, May 21.