Robert Montgomery (1904-1981) was a famous actor, director and producer and the first president of the Screen Actors Guild. As an actor he appeared with the biggest cinema stars of his era, including Greta Garbo, Myrna Loy, Joan Crawford, Helen Hayes Carole Lombard, Bette Davis, and Ingrid Bergman, among others. An early television host, he later criticized the networks and championed public television. Robert Montgomery was the first show-business professional to hold office in the White House, as television coach to President Eisenhower.
Monday, February 20, 1950
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Grover Whalen presides. Roger W Strauss, Robert Montgomery, Patrice Munsel, and Mayor Impelliterri address the crowd (mostly school children) about the importance of brotherhood. Police Department perform "I am an American (every part of me)." Patrice Munsel sings "God Bless America." (Sanitation Band also plays)
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 69144
Municipal archives id: LT555