Actor Monty Woolley and Mrs. David McGuire hold Monty’s key to the city of Saratoga Springs on Aug. 1, 1949. A thoroughbred pal is also in for the picture: Monty was honored on the first day of Saratoga’s annual racing meet.
The young woman was determined.
She brushed past reporters and photographers on a hot and sunny afternoon in Saratoga Springs and presented her daughter to the Great Man. “Go on, shake Mr. Woolley’s hand,” the mother urged her little girl.
Actor Monty Woolley expressed surprise. Woolley, whose manners of sophistication and culture were displayed on and off stage, responded in character. “My dear woman,” he said, “that child is too young to realize who I am.”
That was 1949. Sixty-one years later, many people may not realize who Monty Woolley was.
But Monty picks up new fans every December. The man who spent his boyhood days in Saratoga Springs appears in two holiday movies that have been shown during recent Christmas seasons on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).