Friday, June 03, 2011

Mae West: Lucien Prival

MAE WEST starred as the con artist Peaches O'Day in the 80-minute comedy "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937], in which she tried to sell the Brooklyn Bridge to a naive German tourist. The 1890s Big Apple-centered plot was peppered with a fistful of crooks and swindlers perhaps to conjure up the black magic of "I'm No Angel," when audiences laughed as Tira and her shady boyfriend Slick Wiley got into mischief.
• • One of the "Every Day's a Holiday" lovable losers and sneak-thief souls was Danny the Dip played by Lucien Prival, who was born on 14 July 1901. Like Mae West, he was another native New Yorker who sailed forth into the choppy waters of a performing arts career. Beginning with featured roles on the big screen in 1926, when he was 25 years old, Lucien Prival was seen in 75 productions either made for the cinema or for the small screen. His final roles were both on TV series in 1953: as Nelson Vail on "Ramar of the Jungle" and also in "Your Favorite Story."
• • Lucien Prival died at age 92 in Daly City, California during early June — — on 3 June 1994.
• • Mae West in "Icons of the West "
• • An interesting oil painting of Mae West will be on display at the "Icons of the West" exhibition, that will debut at the Dana Gallery in Montana this month. We'll feature this striking new portrait and tell you about the artist very soon.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Detroit Movie Critic Julie Hinds writes: "Bridesmaids" builds on decades of funny trail blazing by icons like Mae West, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Gilda Radner, Catherine O'Hara and many more women too busy making people laugh to fret about gender debates. As society has learned to accept women in all sorts of leadership roles, women in comedy have become more omnipresent and more outspoken
— — hello, Kathy Griffin and Sarah Silverman. And "Bridesmaids" makes another crack in the cinematic glass ceiling. ...
• • Source: Article: "Women aren't funny? 'Bridesmaids' is putting that lame attitude to rest" written by Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press for McClatchy Tribune Services; posted on 2 June 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1950th 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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