The Mysterious Montague: A True Tale of Hollywood, Golf, and Armed Robbery

Leigh Montville, Author . Doubleday $26 (303p) ISBN 978-0-385-52033-1

When John Montague died alone on May 25, 1972, age 69, in a fleabag hotel in Studio City, Calif., his body went unclaimed for a week. Hardly a fitting end for a man who once rubbed shoulders with Bing Crosby, Richard Arlen, Oliver Hardy and the other Hollywood swells who golfed, drank and caroused at the Lakeside Country Club in L.A. In the capable hands of bestselling sportswriter Montville (Ted Williams ), Montague's is a quintessentially American story of a man from a hardscrabble background who found himself in the glamorous, easy-money world of Hollywood. But Montague had a past that caught up to him. Having fled a charge of armed robbery in upstate New York, Montague was brought back in 1937 to stand trial, and though he got off, his life quickly unraveled. Hyped by the great sportswriter Grantland Rice (who called him “a golfer who would be a wrecking whirlwind in any amateur championship and on a par with any pro”) and other newshounds, Montague struggled through a series of increasingly embarrassing attempts to go legit on the golf circuit. An entertaining read for the golf lit completist, this doesn't rise to the level of compulsion for the average reader. (May)

Reviewed on: 02/18/2008
Release date: 05/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
Open Ebook - 213 pages - 978-0-385-52671-5
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Paperback - 303 pages - 978-0-7679-2650-8
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