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The mysterious Montague : a true tale of Hollywood, golf, and armed robbery(B)

Author: Leigh Montville
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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John Montague was a boisterous enigma. He had a bagful of golf tricks, on and off the course. He could knock a bird off a wire from 170 yards, and when the big man arrived in Hollywood in the early 1930s, he quickly became a celebrity among celebrities. He played golf with everyone from Howard Hughes to Babe Ruth and his close friend Bing Crosby, whom he famously beat with only a rake, a shovel, and a bat. Yet  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Montague; John Montague
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leigh Montville
ISBN: 9780385520331 0385520336
OCLC Number: 975837616
Description: xiii, 303 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Leigh Montville.

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John Montague was a boisterous enigma. He had a bagful of golf tricks, on and off the course. He could knock a bird off a wire from 170 yards, and when the big man arrived in Hollywood in the early 1930s, he quickly became a celebrity among celebrities. He played golf with everyone from Howard Hughes to Babe Ruth and his close friend Bing Crosby, whom he famously beat with only a rake, a shovel, and a bat. Yet strangely Montague never entered a professional tournament, and he never allowed his image to be captured on film. When a photographer snapped his picture with a telephoto lens, police in upstate New York recognized him as a fugitive wanted for armed robbery. As Montague was indicted, hordes of national media descended and turned a star-studded legal carnival into the most talked about trial of its day.--From publisher description.

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