Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mae West: G.P. Huntley

MAE WEST worked with several Broadway veterans in her motion picture "Go West Young Man" [1936], the cinema version of a blockbuster hit onstage.
• • Stage star G. P. Huntley was briefly seen as Philip in the "Drifting Lady" sequence. Born in Boston on 26 February 1904, Bruce Timothy Huntley was the son of two stage players G. P. Huntley (1868 — 1927) and Eva Kelly (1880 — 1948). During his long tenure on The Great White Way, the versatile performer was seen in musicals, sad melodramas such as "The Second Mrs. Tanqueray" [1924], as well as romantic comedies such as "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" [1926], and Shakespearean tragedies such as "Othello" [1937].
• • By 1931 the six-footer had ventured into cinematic fare and was seen in 38 motion pictures such as "Two-Faced Woman" [1941] with Garbo. His final role on the big screen was as Rugged in "Journey for Margaret" [1942] when he was 38 years old. G. P. Huntley died at age 67 in Woodland Hills, California in the month of June — — on 26 June 1971.
• • Annual Mae West Tribute 2011 • •
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"Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill"
• • Mae West's birthday is August 17th. An upcoming Mae West event that is open to the public will be held on Sunday afternoon, 14 August 2011. The title of this illustrated historical theme walk is "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill." Rare vintage illustrations will show you how the buildings and blocks looked as these two theatre people saw them.
• • Sites will include the Village speakeasies where Eugene drank himself into oblivion, and where Mae socialized and bent elbows with Texas Guinan, Walter Winchell, and Barney Gallant. Get ready to walk on the wild side.
• • Each Mae West walking tour ends with a raffle of Mae-themed prizes. Sponsors may inquire about suitable product placements for August 14th.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Short fiction author Danzy Senna has set one of her short stories in Hollywood. Setting the scene for her two bi-racial characters Helga and Dave, Ms Senna writes: The Chandler stood out on that strip of beautiful old build­ings. It had been built a year before we moved in, despite pro­tests from the old guard who said it was tacky, would ruin the row of otherwise historical buildings from the Golden Age of Hollywood, buildings that had housed the likes of Mae West, Ava Gardner, and Cary Grant. The Chandler was ugly and new and sat at the edge of the country club, with a banner in front that read now leasing — — the Chandler — — an elegant apart­ment enclave. As you walked up the ramp to the building, another sign, smaller, encouragingly said, "You're Almost Home!" ...
• • Source: Excerpt: "What's the Matter with Helga and Dave?" written by Danzy Senna in her short story collection "You Are Free"; published by Riverhead in 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1973rd 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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