Thursday, October 08, 2009

Mae West: Brunswick

MAE WEST kicks off the motion picture series in Middletown on Friday afternoon — — 9 October 2009 — — keeping her comedy classic "I'm No Angel" light-hearted and fluid with delicious quips, memorable one-liners, and enormous eye-appeal. Animal magnetism led her muse to this screenplay, inspired by her fascination with Coney Island and Bostock's lions, enjoyed so much during her Brooklyn childhood when she dreamt of entering the big cage and taming a jungle cat. Mae did her own lion-hearted stunts in the film, too.
• • Directed by Wesley Ruggles, this Paramount Pictures favorite was originally released with great fanfare on 6 October 1933 — — 76 years ago.
• • And it was on 7 October 1933 when Mae recorded "They Call Me Sister Honky Tonk" for the Brunswick label.
• • Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, composer Harvey Brooks [1899 — 1986] wrote all the numbers that Mae fans associate with this box office blockbuster, which also featured handsome Cary Grant.
• • Harvey Brooks's sassy song compositions included "I'm No Angel," "They Call Me Sister Honky Tonk," "[No One Loves Me Like] That Dallas Man," "I Found a New Way to Go to Town," and other numbers.
• • Brooks collaborated on these tunes with two lyricists: Gladys DuBois and Ben Ellison.
• • Ben Ellison [1902 — 1984] hailed from Pennsylvania as well. Unfortunately, there is scanty info on female ASCAP member Gladys DuBois.
• • Lion-lady Tira in New Jersey • •
• • On Friday, October 9th, "I'm No Angel" will be shown on a big screen at Middletown Library in The Garden State.
• • THE SKINNY: Middletown Township Public Library [55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ 07748]. The Main Branch is located just east of Route 35.
• • Take your questions directly to the library: 732-671-3700, ext. 333.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • as Tira in 1933 • •
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