Thursday, January 08, 2009

Mae West: 1933 with Ruggles

MAE WEST worked with director Wesley Ruggles, who died on January 8th.
• • Here is what The New York Times film critic had to say about "I'm No Angel" in his review (printed in the newspaper on 13 October 1933). Mordaunt Hall wrote: "Miss West plays her part with the same brightness and naturalness that attended her second film role. There is no lack of spontaneity in her actions or in the utterance of her lines. She is a remarkable wit, after her fashion. Cary Grant is pleasing as Clayton and Walter Walker is excellent as the considerate old judge. Gregory Ratoff does well as Tira's lawyer. Wesley Ruggles has directed the film with his usual intelligence. ..."
• • Born in Los Angeles was Hollywood director Wesley Ruggles [11 June 1889 8 January 1972]. A younger brother of actor Charles Ruggles, Wesley directed one of Mae West's most successful films in 1933.
• • In 1915, he began his career as an actor, appearing in several silent films
a few with Charlie Chaplin. In 1917, he turned director, making more than fifty insignificant and forgettable films before he won acclaim with "Cimarron" [1931] and the financially flush and critically astounding blockbuster starring Mae West the following year. "I'm No Angel" raked in even more profits than "She Done Him Wrong" and this was in the height of the Depression.
• • Wesley's brother, actor Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 60 years and encompassing more than 100 films.
• • Wesley Ruggles died
on 8 January 1972 — at age 82 in Santa Monica, California.
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1933 • •
Mae West.

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