Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mae West: Frank Mitchell Dazey

MAE WEST shared writing credit on "Klondike Annie" [1936] with several people. One participant was Frank Mitchell Dazey.
• • The son of the playwright and screenwriter Charles Turner Dazey, Francis Mitchell Dazey was born in Quincy, Illinois on 30 April 1892. He followed his father into the screen trade and began writing and editing material for shorts in 1914 when he was a young man of 22. Between 1914 — 1936, he had completed (or collaborated on) fifty scripts for Hollywood. Coming out of retirement (briefly), he wrote for Lux Video Theatre, a TV series, in 1954.
• • Frank Mitchell Dazey died at age 78 in Hollywood, California in the month of June — — on 16 June 1970.
• • On 16 June 1932 • •
• • It was on the 16th of June 1932 that Mae West arrived in Pasadena, California on The Chief. She was unimpressed by the motion picture landscape she surveyed from the train station. "I'm a big girl from a big town," Mae told the Los Angeles reporters, "coming to a little town."
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• • The production of the motion picture "Klondike Annie" ran from June until December 1935.
• • Ramona Curry writes: In memos written between September and October 1935 (the film's production went from June to December 1935), Joseph Breen required a number of changes in the script and in song lyrics and repeatedly cautioned the studio about maintaining decency in costuming and camera framing and especially in West's style delivery in "Klondike Annie"... For example, West was prohibited from saying, "I'm sorry I can't see you in private," while looking the young detective (Phillip Reed) up and down; other Mae West lines that Breen marked for deletion included "Men are at their best when women are at their worst"....
• • Ramona Curry writes: Upon viewing the film, Breen called for several cuts in scenes implying sexual desire or activity between Bull Brackett and Doll, but granted a PCA certificate of approval on 31 December 1935. ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West as Censored Commodity: The Case of Klondike Annie" written by Ramona Curry for Cinema Journal 31, No. 1, Fall 1991
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• • Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent, writes: Rhode Island is a place noted for its watery location (hence its nickname, "The Ocean State"), and proliferation of theater offerings. Combing both, Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck, a classic old barn-style theater near the ocean that when summer stock was the rage had the likes of Mae West, Marlon Brando, Art Carney, and other notables treading its boards, has opened for a season hosting four Tony Award-winning shows. ...
• • Source: Article: "Legendary RI summer theater opens for season" written by Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent, Globe Staff; posted on 15 June 2011
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• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1963rd 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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