Friday, January 28, 2011

Mae West: Loew's Journal Square

The popular comedy "She Done Him Wrong" starring MAE WEST will be shown tonight in The Garden State.
• • According to director Colin Egan, who is a big fan of the Pre-Code cinema, "It is one of the most fascinating periods of American films. There was a time when Hollywood films were very adventuresome and racy." Mr. Egan manages the venerable Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, a movie house on Journal Square that can hold close to 3,100 popcorn-munchers. In his opinion, this Mae West motion picture (based on her Broadway hit "Diamond Lil," was the most notorious of the screen classics he selected. "These films have strong women figures, adds Egan, "which you didn't have for a couple of decades, with rare exceptions, in the movies."
• • New Jersey moviehouse history: The opulent Loew's opened on 28 September 1929, noted Colin Egan, and is the only one of the three major local theatres from that era — — including the State and the Stanley — — that still shows film and live events.
• • WHEN: Friday, 28 January 2011 — — a double bill begins at 8:00 PM and includes "Freaks" and "She Done Him Wrong." Pre-Code motion pictures will also be shown here on Saturday, 29 January 2011.
• • WHERE: Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ; T. 201-798-6055.
• • Frank Mills [1891 — 1973] • •
• • Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the month of January — — on 26 January 1891 — — the character actor Frank Mills made his first appearance in a motion picture in 1928 when he was 37 years old. Cast often, and invariably in modest roles, he went on to perform stunts and portray photographers, carnival barkers, bums, cabbies, military men, reporters, etc.
• • In "She Done Him Wrong," Frank Mills played a barfly.
• • Frank Mills logged in more than 300 film and TV credits between 1928 — 1961. He died in Los Angeles on 18 August 1973 at the age of 82.
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • filming as Lady Lou in 1932 • •
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