Gary Cooper

courtesy Brian D'Ambrosio

A few of Montana’s actors such as Gary Cooper and Myrna Loy found success during the Golden Age of Hollywood. For more than a century, Montana has supplied a rich variety of film and musical entertainment and personality—from daredevils to dancers, mostly unknown, until now.

Brian D’Ambrosio’s new book, Montana Entertainers, Famous and Almost Forgotten, gives us a glimpse of many unsung heroes and heroines of the entertainment world, including a few African American and Native American actors such as Chief Many Treaties and Taylor Gordon.


High Noon is an iconic western movie that starred Montana’s own Gary Cooper. It was filmed in 1951 during the height of the Red Scare and the blacklisting of American Communist Party members in Hollywood

For Pulitzer Prize winning author Glenn Frankel, the movie was the perfect blend of Hollywood and politics of the 1950s and how the tumultuous time played a role in this great Western.