Monday, July 11, 2011

Mae West: Charles K. Freeman

MAE WEST worked with many British theatre people in The Big Apple.
• • Born in England in the month of July — — on 11 July 1905 — — Charles K. Freeman began his Broadway career with a show that opened in May 1939. It was Mr. Freeman who directed and staged the successful "Diamond Lil" revivals on The Great White Way, starting with its booking in February 1949 at the Coronet Theatre [230 West 49th], an auditorium renamed for the New York dramatist Eugene O'Neill in 1959.
• • Additionally, Charles K. Freeman was hired to steer the Bowery melodrama during its lavish New York City showings from September 1949 — January 1950, and its return engagement from September 1951 — November 1951. Clearly, he had Mae's respect and he didn't fail her.
• • Also a playwright, Charles K. Freeman collaborated with Gerald Savory in 1944 to bring the latter's novel "Hughie Roddis" to NYC's Playhouse under the new title "Hand in Glove," where it was produced by Arthur Edison and seen for 40 performances. Reviews by Franklin P. Adams and other critics must have been good because Freeman resold "Hand in Glove" to Hollywood under the title "Urge to Kill" [1960]. He also wrote for the TV series "Armchair Theatre" in 1959 and scripted the full-length TV movie "Pistolen-Jenny" [1969].
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West wrote this line for her character Diamond Lil: "Diamonds is my career."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • In 1996 in Oberlin, Ohio there had been concerns about artistic freedom and censorship on campus and Mae West's name was used during a protest rally.
• • Laren Rusin wrote: Students organized this demonstration after concerns the Tribe 8 concert raised concerning censorship and freedom of expression. Most protesters wore cloth strips as a blindfold or a gag. Many wore signs with names including the Marquis de Sade, Galileo, Verdi, Eugene O'Neill, Madonna, Kwame Ture, Vittorio De Sica, Mae West and Salman Rushdie. ...
• • Source: Article: "Student protest a synthesis of student ideas" written by Laren Rusin and Mark Graham for The Oberlin Review; printed in November 1996
• • 17 July 2004 17 July 2011 • •
• • In mid-July the Mae West Blog will celebrate its seventh anniversary. Thank you to all those Mae-mavens who come up and see Mae every day.
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1988th 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • as Diamond Lil, 1948 • •
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