Sunday, January 02, 2011

Mae West: Early January

A short story "Single Night" by Louis Bromfield became the backbone of the Paramount film "Night After Night" [released on 30 October 1932] — — which was a triumphant screen debut for MAE WEST. Here she is, as Maudie Triplett, poised in the doorway of Joe Anton's speakeasy on West 56th Street, about to tell the doorman it's "the fairy princess, ya mug!"
• • January 1st • •
• • Two months after the film was distributed to movie houses across the country, bootlegger Larry Fay met a spectacularly crimson-soaked death inside 33 West 56th Street on 1 January 1933.
• • Janus, the Roman god of gates and doorways, looks both ways. And the house on West 56th Street certainly looked different from the perspective of George Raft, Mae West, Louis Bromfield, and Larry Fay.
• • George Kesslere, who photographed Mae in his Manhattan studio many times, died on 1 January 1979.
• • Actress Libby Taylor, who worked with Mae (in the role of a maid) on "I'm No Angel" as well as "Go West, Young Man," died on 1 January 1990.
• • Musician and band leader Xavier Cugat, who worked with Mae on two motion pictures, was born on New Year's Day in 1900.
• • January 2nd • •
• • A more pleasant January memory for Mae West took place a year later. On 2 January 1934, when her sister Beverly applied for a marriage license in Chicago, it was hoped that her second Russian husband would be a better companion than her ex-husband Sergei Treshatny. The groom Vladimir Baikoff made Beverly's acquaintance when both were booked on a radio program. Beverly was doing her famous Mae West impersonation for a broadcast — — and Vlad was eager to conjugate some sultry Slavic verbs with her in private, after the show.
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