Frank Montgomery

Frank Montgomery (14 June 1870, Petrolia, Pennsylvania - 18 July 1944, Hollywood, California) was an early American silent film director and actor. He acted in 28 films but is most acclaimed as a silent film director in which he is credited with directing 82 films. He was married to actress Josephine Mercedes Workman, who used the stage name Princess Mona Darkfeather to forge a career playing Native American roles. Many of Montgomery's film titles contain Native American references, such as Darkfeather's Sacrifice, Apache Love, An Indian's Gratitude, The Red Girl's Sacrifice, Mona of the Modocs, An Apache Father's Vengeance, Big Rock's Last Stand, The Half-Breed Scout, A Blackfoot Conspiracy, A Red Man's Love, A Daughter of the Redskins, The Massacre of Santa Fe Trail, and A White Indian. He also directed the now-lost film The Spirit of '76 (1917). He is referenced obliquely in Gerald Vizenor's short story "Almost Browne," in the character of Professor Monte Franzgomery, who teaches Romantic Literature but who sees the Native American culture through his own romanticizations.


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