Friday, February 11, 2011

Mae West: Henry Hathaway

One motion picture starring MAE WEST was directed by Henry Hathaway.
• • Born on 13 March 1898 as Henri Leonard de Fiennes in Sacramento, California, he was raised in a show biz family by an actor father and an actress mother (whose stage name was Jean Hathaway). Launching his apprenticeship in silent movies in 1925, Hathaway trained under Victor Fleming and Josef von Sternberg, then made the transition to sound with them.
• • Henry Hathaway made his directorial debut in 1932 with a Western film production, Heritage of the Desert, which gave Randolph Scott his first starring role in film that led to a lengthy career for Scott as a cowboy star. Hathaway was enamored of stories about the settling of the American West and went on to make a number of films on the subject.
• • In 1936, he directed Go West, Young Man, starring Mae West, based on Lawrence Riley's Broadway hit "Personal Appearance." His leading man was Randolph Scott again, however, not in cowboy costume.
• • His reputation for doing numerous genre films (Westerns) never won him a great deal of respect in Hollywood, nevertheless, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1638 Vine Street. Hathaway died from a heart attack in Hollywood in the month of February — — on 11 February 1985 — — and he was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
• • John Edwin West's Birthday • •
• • Born in Brooklyn, NY on 11 February 1900, John Edwin West [1900 — 1964] remained close to his sister for his entire life. We celebrate John, who became a real estate agent to help finance Mae's court costs during the "Pleasure Man" trials when she could not find work, and followed her to California. Even after his death, John occasionally popped up at the Ravenswood in his beloved sister's bedroom offering companionship.
• • Friday, 11 February 2011 • •
• • Come up and see Mae West this evening in the Bay area.
• • Oddball Films will screen “Weirdsville 23: The Love Bug” on Friday, 11 February 2011 at 8:30 PM. According to curator Pete Gowdy, he will offer ticket-buyers a full course cinema buffet focused on Love, Sex, and VD. Attendees tonight will enjoy off-beat, rare, and highly entertaining 16mm shorts, movie trailers and commercials culled from the 50,000+ archive at Oddball Films. Highlights include: Skater Dater (1965), the cult skateboarding/coming of age film made by Noel Black and featuring music by Davie Allen and the Arrows; Dating Do’s and Don’ts (1949), camp classic on dating etiquette; Birds, Bees and Storks (1970), hilarious animation featuring Peter Sellers; The Innocent Party (1959), Beatnik-noir VD scare film!; Lovemaking (1970), coitus experimental classicus; VD: Attack Plan (1973), animated educational from Walt and the gang; Mae West Meets Mr. Ed (1964), Mae West and Cross-dressing horse, as well as sexy movie trailers, naughty commercials, and more.
• • Oddball Films: 275 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA; Tel 415-558-8117.
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • with John and Beverly in court, 1930 • •
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