Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mae West: Luis Quintanilla

MAE WEST appears in With a Hays Nonny Nonny, a sly poke at the Hays Code in Hollywood, illustrated by the multi-talented Luis Quintanilla, who was born in Santander, Spain in the month of June — — on 12 June 1893 — — to a conservative family, with aristocratic ties.
• • The artist's son Paul Quintanilla explains that his father had accompanied eight prominent American artists to Hollywood to paint the portraits of the cast in John Ford's "The Long Voyage Home" [May — August 1940], and while in California he met a lot of movie folk. According to Paul Quintanilla: "Then in 1942 a spoof on Hollywood's Hays Code came out. It was published by Random House and had sixty five drawings. It was entitled With a Hays Nonny Nonny and what the book did was present several stories from the Bible as they would have to be reworked to become acceptable to the censors in the Hays Office, which at that time was the ultimate arbiter of good taste and moral standards in Hollywood. In the book's preface, Elliot Paul states that if God Himself had written the Bible, or at least dictated it to one of His servants, 'it becomes evident that The Author did not share the ideas of censorship now prevalent throughout the world and virulent in Hollywood' ...".
• • Illustration of Mae West as Helen of Troy drawn by Luis Quintanilla for With a Hays Nonny Nonny [NY: Random House, 1942].
• • Eddie Fetherston • •
• • Mae West starred in "Go West, Young Man" along with many East Coast natives who, like Mae, had traveled westward, for instance, Brooklynite Eddie Fetherston.
• • In "Go West, Young Man," Eddie Fetherston played a reporter. Curiously, he must have had the manner or the ink-stained fingers of a local news re-write man. Tinseltown casting agents frequently hired him to portray either a wise-cracking journalist, a photographer, or a newspaper staffer in dozens of motion pictures.
• • Born in Brooklyn, NY on 9 September 1896, Eddie Fetherston had launched his career as a vaudeville comedian. The character actor appeared (albeit briefly) in numerous shorts and movies directed by Frank Capra, La Cava, McLeod, John Ford, etc.
• • On 12 June 1965, Eddie Fetherston had a fatal heart attack at his home in Yucca Valley, California.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Movie maven Christopher Campbell writes: I have scheduled this post to go live just as my own wedding begins. As you’re reading this (likely sometime after it’s gone live), imagine I’m currently walking down the aisle to Carl Orff’s “Gassenhauer nach Hans Neusiedler (1536),” which you may know as ‘the “Badlands” theme.’ . . . Each of the tables (at Christopher and Jennifer's wedding) is actually identified and represented by a classic Hollywood couple. Other groupings include William Powell and Myrna Loy, James Stewart and Jean Arthur, W.C. Fields and Mae West, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. That and the popcorn machine were originally the gist of my movie geek influence. ...
• • Source: Article: "How Many Movies Can You Fit Into a Wedding?" written by Christopher Campbell for Spout; posted on 11 June 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1959th 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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