Monty Banks

1897 - 1950

The actor Monty Banks was born as Mario Bianchi in Cesena, Italy.
He entered the film business as an actor from 1916 and he appeared in movies like "Cold Hearts and Hot Flames" (16), "The Purple Mask" (16), "His Hidden Talent" (17), "The Geaser of Berlin" (18), "The Sheriff" (18) and "Love" (19), to his film partners belonged the legendary comedians Larry Semon and Roscoe Arbuckle.
He experienced the pinnacle of his popularity in the 20's and even got an own film serial. 
To his numerous movies of those years belong "Rare Bird" (20), "Kidnapper's Revenge" (21), "Bride and Gloom" (21), "Pure But Simple" (22), "Quiet Vacation" (23), "Taxi Please" (23), "Keep Smiling" (25), "Play Safe" (27) and "Atlantic" (29).
He continued his career in the 30's but his roles became smaller because of his accent. He took part in "The Wife's Family" (31), "Not So Quiet on the Western Front" (32), "Kiss Me Sergeant" (32), "Leave It to Me" (33), "The Church Mouse" (34), "No Limit" (35) and "Queen of Hearts" (36).
His last appearances as movie actor in the 40's were "Blood and Sand" (41) as well as "A Bell for Adano" (45).
Already in 1924 he realised his first movie as a director with "Hot Sands" (24), it followed many other movies in the 30's.
In the next years he directed the productions "Cocktails" (28), "Eve's Fall" (30), "Almost a Honeymoon" (30), "Money for Nothing" (32), "Father and Son" (34), "Hello Sweetheart" (35), "Queen of Hearts" (36), "Shipyard Sally" (39) and "Great Guns" (41) with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Beside it he also produced some movies and wrote scripts. 
Monty Banks was married with the actress Gracie Fields. Private he got involved with disadvantaged children and founded several children hospitals in Italy.

Other movies with Monty Banks:
His Criminal Career (17) His Widow's Might (17) Aired in Court (17) A Warm Reception (17) A Scrap of Paper (18) Roaring Lions on the Midnight Express (18) Camping Out (19) The Grocery Clerk (19) Too Much Johnson (19) Don't Park Here (20) A Hero 'n Everything (20) His Naughty Night (20) Flivver Wedding (20) Nearly Married (20) A Bedroom Scandal (21) His Dizzy Day (21) Where Is My Wife? (21) His First Honeymoon (21) Peaceful Alley (21) In and Out (21) Squirrel Food (21) Fresh Air (21) Cleaned and Dry (21) Love Taps (22) Brilliantine and Bull Fighter (22) Six A.M. (22) Bangin' Around (23) Oil's Well (23) East Is Worst (23) Cold Reception (23) Paging Love (23) The Covered Schooner (23) The Southbound Limited (23) Always Late (23) Boy in Blue (24) Hot Sands (24) Wedding Bells (24) Pay or Move (24) Racing Luck (24) The Golf Bug (24) Africa F.O.B. (25) Atta Boy (26) Chasing Choo Choos (27) Horse Shoes (27) Flying Luck (27) A Perfect Gentleman (28) Adam's Apple (28) Week-End Wives (29) The Compulsory Husband (30) Old Soldiers Never Die (31) Tonight's the Night: Pass It On (32) Money for Nothing (32) Hold 'Em Jail (32) For the Love of Mike (32) Heads We Go (33) You Made Me Love You (33) The Girl in Possession (34) Falling in Love (35) So you Won't Talk (35) Man of the Moment (35) Shipyard Sally (39) Olympic Honeymoon (40)

Amateur Night in London (25) Why Sailors Leave Home (30) The Black Hand Gang (30) The Compulsory Husband (30) The New Waiter (30) The Musical Beauty Shop (30) The Jerry Builders (30) His First Car (30) What a Night! (31) Old Soldiers Never Die (31) The Wife's Family (31) Poor Old Bill (31) Tonight's the Night: Pass It On (32) Not So Quiet on the Western Front (32) L'amour et la veine (32) Kiss Me Sergeant (32) For the Love of Mike (32) Leave It to Me (33) Heads We Go (33) You Made Me Love You (33) The Girl in Possession (34) The Church Mouse (34) Falling in Love (35) 18 Minutes (35) Man of the Moment (35) No Limit (35) Keep Your Seats, Please (36) We're Going to Be Rich (38) Keep Smiling (38) 

Amateur Night in London (25) Keep Smiling (25) Chasing Choo Choos (27) Play Safe (27) Horse Shoes (27) Flying Luck (27) Almost a Honeymoon (30) The Tenderfoot (32) The Girl in Possession (34) Olympic Honeymoon (40) 

Pay or Move (24) The Golf Bug (24) Keep Smiling (25) Atta Boy (26) Chasing Choo Choos (27) Play Safe (27) Horse Shoes (27) Flying Luck (27) What a Night! (31) Old Soldiers Never Die (31)