It was 25 August 1912 when MAE WEST was dazzling the audience who had come to see their hometown vaudevillian at the New Brighton Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The stage was right off the boardwalk. Years before, the comedienne's father had patrolled that esplanade, a fact that local journalists often mentioned, having encountered Battling Jack walking the beat in Coney Island.
• • Short-tempered policemen, court officers, and judges were not some of the Brooklyn bombshell's favorite folks. But James C. Morton had been cast as all of them during his long silver screen career. In his modest role as an 1890s bartender, James C. Morton had appeared with Mae in "Every Day's a Holiday" [released in the USA on 18 December 1937].
• • Born in Helena, Montana in the month of August — — on 25 August 1884 — — the balding character actor often worked for Hal Roach and, typically, he was the the butt of shenanigans by such comics as The Little Rascals, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, The Three Stooges. As Mae did, he had worked with W.C. Fields.
• • James C. Morton died on 24 October 1942 in Reseda, California.
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1937 • •
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