Thursday, August 04, 2011

Mae West: Howard M. Jackson

MAE WEST's triumphant screen success "I'm No Angel" [1933] was enlivened by some original music by Howard M. Jackson.
• • Born on 8 February 1900 in St. Augustine, Florida, Howard Manucy Jackson wrote the entire soundtrack for the motion picture "Hearts in Dixie" [1929], launching a long and versatile career. In between writing a number of popular songs — — such as "Hearts In Dixie," "Lazy Rhapsody," "Let's Be Frivolous," etc. — — his busy pen worked on 400 projects for the silver screen and later for TV. Toiling mainly behind the scenes, he was listed for most of his contributions as "uncredited" in the IMDb. He retired at age 63.
• • Howard M. Jackson died in Florida in the month of August — — on 4 August 1966. He was 66 years old.
• • Mae West on the Newsstand • •
• • Mae West looked radiant on the cover of Movie Classic, issue of August 1933. For a dime, readers could learn the secrets behind Mae's advice to young girls. Maybe.
• • On 4 August 1913 • •
• • Mae West opened for Evelyn Nesbit, who gave ballroom dancing lessons to an adoring audience at Hammerstein's Victoria on 42nd Street. Overshadowed by the notorious Nesbit, Mae's good work was unappreciated that evening.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars — — that's subtraction."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Isn't it funny that an article on "badly behaved women" will, invariably, mention Mae West — — even if the background info used by this California reporter is not quite correct?
• • Rebecca Keegan writes: Yet some see the 2011 crop of women who behave as badly as men as just the latest incarnations in a long cycle. In 1927, for instance, Mae West's hit Broadway play "Sex" was advertised with a publicity still of the bosomy actress towering over an apparently defenseless man sprawled in a chair. West's suggestive shimmy in the show landed her seven days in jail on a charge of "corrupting the morals of youth" [sic].
• • Rebecca Keegan continues: "Virtue has its own reward," Mae West would say years later, after a career of conspicuously choosing vice, "but no sale at the box office." [sic] ...
• • Source: Article: "Audiences don't mind badly behaving women" written by Rebecca Keegan for the Los Angeles Times; posted on 3 August 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2012th 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.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1933 • •• • Feed — —
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