Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Mae West: Virginia Hammond

An enormous international cast was assembled to do justice to MAE WEST's ambitious screenplay "Now I'm a Lady" centered around the horsey set. Script approval was granted by the Hays Commission on 1 April 1935 and the motion picture was released by Paramount Pictures the following month under the new title "Goin' to Town."
• • Virginia Hammond [1893 — 1972] • •
• • When Virginia Hammond was cast as Miss Plunkett in "Goin' to Town," the actress had often been hired to portray aristocratic types and snooty society dames
— — the kind of woman who would read Town and Country Magazine, for instance.
• • She was born under the sign of Leo (birthdate 20 August 1893) in Staunton, Virginia and launched her career in Hollywood in 1916. After being cast in 46 motion pictures during two decades, she retired from the cinema in 1936.
• • Virginia Hammond died in Washington, D.C. at age 78 in the month of April — — on 6 April 1972.
• • Original music was composed for "Goin' to Town" and arranged (with an emphasis on percussion) by a Philly native who had an illustrious career during the 1920s and 1930s.
• • The son of a policeman, Tom Satterfield was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the month of April — — on 6 April 1898.
• • In the late 1920s, pianist Tom Satterfield had been an arranger for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. He went to Hollywood during the 1930s to arrange film scores. Tom Satterfield was assigned to arrange the original music for "Belle of the Nineties" [1934], "Goin' to Town" [1935], "Klondike Annie" [1936], as well as for about two dozen big budget films during the 1930s such as "Little Miss Marker" with Shirley Temple. It is unclear what happened to him after 1939.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Paradoxymoron: Foolish Wisdom in Words and Pictures by the artist Patrick Hughes has been published by Reverspective Ltd. — — and this critique appeared in England.
• • Reviewer Angus Kennedy writes: There is a truth in paradox then, a pearl of wisdom. Each chapter gives many examples of such pearls, both verbal and visual, interspersed with annotations by Patrick Hughes and supplemented with a good number of appendices on people ranging from Karl Marx and Mae West to Hollywood mogul Samuel Goldwyn. ...
• • Source: Review: "That paradox just isn’t subversive anymore" written by Angus Kennedy for The Spiked Review of Books, London, Issue No. 43, March 2011; posted on 1 April 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1891st blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.
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