In May, Dothan will honor one of Alabama's biggest football heroes and film stars — — who was in a black and white classic with MAE WEST.
• • Anyone who knows westerns knows Johnny Mack Brown, who first made his name on the field in Tuscaloosa. A few years later, movie goers would know him as a character actor featured in more than 160 films with Mae West, John Wayne, and Greta Garbo.
• • Born on 1 September 1904 in Alabama, Johnny Mack Brown died at age 70 in Los Angeles (on 14 November 1974) of a cardiac condition.
• • Mae-mavens became acquainted with the six-foot-one actor when he played the role of Brooks Claybourne, a good time Charlie, in "Belle of the Nineties" .
• • An All-American halfback while attending the University of Alabama, Johnny Mack Brown would choose the silver screen over the green grass of the football field when he graduated. Signed to a contract with MGM in 1926, Brown debuted in Slide, Kelly, Slide (1927) with William Haines in a film about an all-American sport — — baseball.
• • The city of Dothan is holding its annual film festival May 9th — 10th, 2008, featuring many of his best movies.
• • To attend, call the organizers at 334-794-3452.
• • Here's hoping the film organizers show "Belle of the 90s" — — a Paramount Pictures production. Stars Mae West. Directed by Leo McCarey from story and scenario by Miss West. Songs, Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow; Photography Karl Struss. At Paramount, New York, week Sept. 21, 1934. Running time, 73 minutes.
• • Ruby Carter . . . Mae West
• • Tiger Kid . . . Roger Pryor
• • Brooks Claybourne . . . John Mack Brown
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• • Publisher: WSFA 12 News — — www.wsfa.com
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1934 • •