Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mae West: Lee Phelps

MAE WEST worked twice with Lee Phelps, who appeared in almost 650 motion pictures between 1917 and 1953 and received his wages but very little advancement or screen credit.
• • Born in Philadelphia in the month of May — — on 15 May 1893 — — Lee Phelps made his home in Culver City, California where several studios were based and where castings directors sent out a daily call for extras. He often played a cop, a guard, a bartender, a deliveryman, or a face in the crowd. Greta Garbo fans may remember when she ordered a whiskey in "Anna Christie" [1930]
— — and he served it to her.
• • His Irish face and shiny pate can be spotted in "She Done Him Wrong" [1933] as a saloon waiter-singer and also (in a small comic moment) during "I'm No Angel" [1933] as a sideshow spectator who leers at kootchy-koo dancer Tira. Working right up to the end, Lee Phelps died in Los Angeles, California on 19 March 1953. He was 59 years old.
• • On 15 May 1964 • •
• • Mae West was interviewed by journalist Martin J. Quigley for Motion Picture Herald. The article appeared in the 15 May 1964 issue of this popular fan magazine devoted to screen stars.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Howard Simons writes: Mae West may have said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful,” but even she knew better. Anyone who is drowning in money had best consider it is still drowning, and that is a fate to be avoided. . . .
• • Source: Article: "The Condition of the Financial Sector and the Limits to Money" written by Howard Simons for Minyanville: posted on 9 May 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004.
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