Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mae West: Kansas Coverlines

It was on 15 June 1935 that MAE WEST made headlines in The Hutchinson News [Hutchinson, Kansas].
• • Seventy-five years ago, here's exactly what Kansas-based reporters were telling their readers about the screen queen: A controversy developed over Hollywood starlet Mae West's sometimes marriages. Her latest film "Goin' to Town" at the air-conditioned Fox Theatre, featured West as a married woman taking two husbands and the third — — who had met an untimely demise — — all to get her clutches on the one she actually wanted. Other movies in town: "Baby Face Harrington" at the Midland; "The Hoosier Schoolmaster" at the Strand; and "The Tonto Kid" at the Iris.
• • Also making headlines in the same issue: President Franklin Roosevelt signed a resolution that extended the temporary deposit insurance for two more months. Deposits up to $5,000 in registered banks would be covered if the bank crashed. ...
• • Birthdays on June 15th • •
• • Born in Virginia during the month of June — — on 15 June 1880 — — Mahlon Hamilton was cast as a sideshow spectator in the opening scene of "I'm No Angel" [1933], one of the men pressing closer to ogle Tira in her
hilariously over-the-top "Little Egypt" costume. Stricken by cancer, the busy bit part player also died in June, on 20 June 1960, in Woodland Hills, California shortly after his 80th birthday.
• • Born in Palestine [now Israel] during the month of June — — on 15 June 1909 — — Ben Astar portrayed an Israeli delegate in "Sextette" [1978]. Always cast as an ethnic with a foreign accent, the character actor stayed busy from 1950 — 1983 and died on 20 October 1988 in Tarzana, California at the age of 79.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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