Robert Montgomery received his second and last Oscar nomination for playing Joe Pendleton a boxer whose soul is taken up to heaven to early in Here Comes Mr. Jordan.
Robert Montgomery gives a nice enough performance as Joe Pendleton, but not an amazing one. He acts basically the same way throughout the picture, as a nice guy who just wants his old body back which was in the pink. This performance does not really have highs or lows he seems to be the same emotionally throughout the film. It is not if he is dull though or distant he just keeps it relaxed throughout the film. I like how he goes through the motions but he never does anything amazing with the motions either.
The only time he really does more than his natural way of doing things is the scene were he loses his old memory. I suppose he does a good job of becoming Murdoch in this scene but again not amazing. Montgomery performance is much like the film, it is nice and pleasant but not amazing. I never had a problem with anything he did but then again I was not wowed by what he did either. I do think Montgomery could have done a little more with his performance but it is not bad. For this he Gets: