Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mae West: "Number 55"

MAE WEST made her screen debut in "Night After Night" (1932) in a cameo that stole the picture. Though the film's screenplay was adapted from Louis Bromfield's Cosmopolitan Magazine story, "Single Night," this motion picture was originally titled "Number 55." Has anyone ever thought of that title in numerical terms as "May the 5th"?
• • Curiously, the fifth month played a large role in the birthdates (and, occasionally, the death dates) of the cinematographer and the cast
— — five people in all.
• • Louis Calhern, who portrayed Dick Bolton [and was born on 19 February 1895 in Brooklyn, NY], died in Tokyo, Japan in May — — on 12 May 1956.
• • Constance Cummings, who portrayed the socialite Miss Jerry Healy, was born in Seattle in May — — 15 May 1910 [and died in the UK on 23 November 2005].
• • Wynne Gibson, who portrayed Joe's low-class gal pal Iris Dawn [and was born in NYC on 3 July 1903], died in California in May — — on 15 May 1987.
• • Marty Martyn, who had a bit part as Malloy, was born in May — — on 19 May 1905 [and died in Beverly Hills on 25 December 1964].
• • Cinematographer Ernest Haller was born in Los Angeles in May — — 31 May 1896. A few years after working on this movie, Ernest Haller won an Oscar in 1940 for "Best Cinematography, Color" for Gone with the Wind (1939). He died in a California road accident on 21 October 1970.
• • Mae West did her best to dress up a bland bit part with her witty lines, industrial strength charisma, and rapid-fire energy. Paramount Pictures realized that it was "love at first sight" between the studio and this box-office baby.
• • Mrs. Jellyman: Do you believe in love at first sight?
• • Maudie Triplett: I dunno, but it saves an awful lot of time.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/

• • Photo:
• • Mae West • • 1932 • •

Mae West.

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