Sorting through some film memorabilia recently I came across this fan-club letter from Monty Banks. Whether this was written by Monty himself is doubtful (he was born in Italy, and at the time this would have been written was still not fully au fait with English), but its sentiments are nevertheless very worthy ones. Banks came to the USA in 1918, and worked on a number of films directed by and starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Sadly, the survival rate of these films is so poor that Banks' skill cannot be easily assessed, but he WAS successful enough to form his own production company and direct himself in a few films.
When sound came to Hollywood in the late 1920s, Banks, along with many other non-native English speaking actors, found himself cast aside. He moved to England, and turned to directing. Monty Banks was responsible for films starring George Formby, Gracie Fields (who was to become Banks' second wife in 1940), and, in his last directorial outing, Laurel and Hardy's Great Guns . Nine years later, while on a train in Italy, he secumbed to a fatal heart attack. In Cesena, his home town, a foundation ensures his name will live on- for it promotes the creation of moving images from local boys.
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