August 17, 1888 – May 6, 1963
...In November 1950 The Magnificent Montague became Monty Woolley's 'one-off' lead in a recurring, dramatic Radio program. Both the concept and the role were tailor-made for Woolley's widely perceived Film personae. The premise found Edwin Montague, ex-Shakespearean actor, founding member of the Proscenium Club of Shakespearean thespians, and supremely enamored of his own great Stage talent casting about for work. But discerning to the nth degree, Montague regularly refused any script, concept, or offer of acting work that failed to meet his--by then--unattainable standards.
Edwin Montague (Woolley) is married to the former Stage actress Lily Boheme (Anne Seymour) and they're both holding on--barely--to their housekeeper of 25 years, Agnes (Pert Kelton). As the Montagues' financial situation continues to deteriorate, the apparent final straw comes when their housekeeper and cook, Agnes, can no longer supply the imported kippers that Montague demands with his breakfast on a daily basis. She attempts to make due with domestic kippers and Montague becomes outraged. READ MORE
The Magnificent Montague
"Fourth of July Picnic"
Original Air Date: June 30, 1951