Monty in 1953
Monty in 2008
|Portrayed by|| Patrick Fischler (1953) |
Harold Gould (2008)
|Episode||Pin Up Girl|
Monty Moran was Rita Flynn's agent. He discovered her in the drugstore she worked at, along with her best friend, Betty Sue Baker. Betty ended up being Monty's assistant at the studio. Monty had big plans for his magazine to go national. Monty's statement wasn't taken after Rita's murder in 1953. In the first questioning, Monty claimed to not own a gun and though Rita was killed by a pervert. Monty was the one who informed detectives about Ben "Beanie" Emerson, Rita's fan that took things too far and stalked her. Beanie followed them everywhere and Monty laughed off Ben being a suspect. He chalked up Ben's behavior to teenage hijinks at the time, but Detective Rush corrects him with the appropriate term of stalking.
The second time the team talks to Monty, they know that the gun found near Rita's apartment was registered to Monty's uncle, Philip Moran. Monty inherited the gun five months before Rita's death. He kept the gun in the safe at his studio. He said to have forgotten all about it and tells the team that the gun was stolen before she died. Rita had also told Monty she wanted to quite modeling. At first, Monty didn't believe Rita took the photos that he said were fantastic. Monty tells her she could be a photo journalist and take serious pictures like the covers of Time Magazine. However, Monty reminds her the contract she signed as a model and not as a photographer. Despite the contract, Monty offers to publish her photos. He figures if he can't have her as a model, he might as well have her as a photographer. Monty determined that Rita was more talented behind the camera than in front of it. He also informs the team that Arthur "Zip" Fellig, his photographer, didn't make Rita look good, it was the other way around. At the end of the episode, Monty is seen developing the photos Rita took.