Old Movie Teams

Weren’t they also in that other movie?

Rosalind Russell & Robert Montgomery

While Forsaking All Others, their first film together, relegates Rosalind Russell to a small supporting, almost imperceptible, part in contrast to Robert Montgomery’s lead opposite Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, all of the remaining pairings for Mr. Montgomery and Ms. Russell place these two, by comparison, opposite one another with equal billing and always romantically connected, most often in a fun and funny way. The exception to the fun is, of course, Night Must Fall, which can be categorized as exclusively dramatic in its plot and storyline, verging on the macabre for its depiction of the fear, the sympathy, the suspense, and the mutual, if not morbid, attraction between a murderous sociopath (Mr. Montgomery’s character) and a naive introvert (Ms. Russell’s character). Trouble for Two also ventures into the macabre and high drama with a plot that includes a secret suicide club, but, like their other, lighter screen collaborations, this film also casts Mr. Montgomery and Ms. Russell in a romantic, if at times inharmonious, and comedic, even adventurous, portrayal of their relationship.

Here is a complete list of their films together. Would that there were more:

Forsaking All Others (1934)
Trouble for Two (1936)
Night Must Fall (1937)
Live, Love and Learn (1937)
Fast and Loose (1939)

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