Monday, June 13, 2011

Mae West: George Walsh

MAE WEST did not get a chance too often to work with the same actress twice. Nell Craig is one of the few who was cast in two motion pictures that starred the controversial screen queen.
• • Born in Princeton, New Jersey during the month of June — — on 13 June 1891 — — Nell Craig was cast as Mrs. Bond in "I'm No Angel" [1933] and she was seen as a missionary in "Klondike Annie" [1936]. Best known today for her recurring role as the floor nurse Parker in MGM's "Dr. Kildare" series, brunette actress Nell Craig had begun her long screen career with Essanay in Chicago as a 22-year-old fresh face in 1913. Talkies, unfortunately, reduced her chances to be anything more than a bit player although she managed to stay employed in Hollywood for decades.
• • After retiring in the late 1940s from the screen trade, Nell Craig spent her final years as a resident of the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. She died there on 5 January 1965.
• • George Walsh • •
• • Raoul Walsh [1887 — 1980], who directed "Klondike Annie," was an American film director, actor, founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and also the older brother of silent screen actor George Walsh, who was seen as the Quartermaster in "Klondike Annie." Yes, what a surprise.
• • Born in New York City on 16 March 1889, George Walsh attended the High School of Commerce and graduated in 1911. Naturally athletic, he attended Fordham and Georgetown Universities and played on several campus teams. By 1914, however, he launched his acting career during the silent film era. Perhaps his brother Raoul, who was close friends with John Barrymore, and who began acting on stage in 1909, influenced him.
• • George Walsh was seen in 80 films between 1914 — 1936 and retired from the movies at age 47. He died of pneumonia at age 92 in Pomona, California in the month of June — — on 13 June 1981.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • The Frisco Doll: I got a debt to pay — — not to this crowd, but to Annie, and I'm gonna do it. It won't take long, and then I'll be squared up.
• • [Source: Mae West wrote her own lines for "Klondike Annie," 1936.]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Australian writer Jim Schembri doesn't see any good in the fad for SlutWalk in his country. He uses Mae West, however, to make a very good point. Jim Schembri explains: Among the fallout has been the wildly inaccurate equating of promiscuity with lack of moral character. This just doesn't wash. If a woman has sex with 100 men a week all that says about her — — everything else being equal — — is that she enjoys sex. As long as she's not cheating or busting up happy marriages, it doesn't impugn her character or reflect badly on her morality. It certainly doesn't make her a slut. This was the point the magnificent proto-feminist Mae West made in her two films "She Done Him Wrong" and "I'm No Angel" (both 1933). Anyone with a genuine interest in feminism and in the right to sexual freedom must see these classics immediately. ...
• • Source: Article: "Straining to make sense of SlutWalk" written by Jim Schembri for The Sydney Morning Herald; posted on 10 June 2011
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Mae West performed for Chalfont, Pennsylvania audiences at Forest Park in Bucks County. The park, which had no admission nor parking fee, often attracted upwards of 10,000 on the weekends.
• • Hilary Bentman writes: Forest Park is home to 300-year-old oak and sycamore trees, thick brush, leave-strewn paths, and the occasional poison ivy plant. It is closed to the public. But in its heyday, the 120-acres off Route 202 in Chalfont was a hopping place, with its picnic grove and amusement rides attracting thousands of people each summer. Remnants of the glory days are still visible. Rusty light fixtures are still affixed to tree trunks. Pieces of concrete benches from the bandstand remain almost as if the audience is about to take their seats to watch Mae West, Jimmy Durante, or the Mummers grace a stage that’s no longer there. ... Forest Park operated from 1885 to 1964, drawing locals as well as Philadelphians ....
• • Source: Article: "Taking a walk down memory lane" written by Hilary Bentman for Philly Burbs; posted on Sunday, 12 June 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1960th 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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