Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mae West: Lester Dorr

MAE WEST starred in "Go West Young Man" [1936] and Lester Dorr was seen as one of the reporters who are interviewing screen queen Mavis Arden. One odd coincidence is his lifespan was 1893 — 1980, just like Mae's.
• • Born in Boston on 8 May 1893, Harry Lester Dorr was one of the original members of the Screen Actors Guild in 1933.
• • An endlessly busy bit parts player, Lester Dorr launched his Hollywood voyage in 1930. Over time, he was seen in 451 roles on the silver screen and on established TV series. His last two film appearances were as a doorman in "At Long Last Love" [1975] and as Cy, the elevator operator in "Hotel" [1967]. Dorr was regularly seen in sit-coms such as "Green Acres" (as Mr. Collins) and also on dramatic series: "Dr. Kildare," "Burke's Law," "Perry Mason," etc.
• • Lester Dorr died in Los Angeles in the month of August — — on 25 August 1980. He was age 87.
• • On 25 August 1912 • •
• • Mae West was seen on the stage of the New Brighton Theatre in Brooklyn's Coney Island area on this date. The New Brighton always showed top tier vaudeville acts.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West wrote this for her character Mavis Arden: "Don't be modest. Modesty never gets you anything. I know."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A film series at the Castro Theatre will feature Cary Grant but, alas, not his two stellar roles with Mae West.
• • Writing about Cary Grant, Tavo Amador offers this opinion: Either by accident or design, however, hints of his sexual ambiguity are evident in many movies. His leading ladies sensed this and wanted to prove that all he needed was the right woman. In She Done Him Wrong and I'm No Angel (1933), Mae West, with her drag queen persona, seduced him, making him a star. Women loved watching the heroine get her man. ...
• • Source: Article: "Hollywood's chased romantic hero — — Cary Grant film series plays the Castro" written by Tavo Amador for Bay Area Reporter; posted on 25 August 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2033rd 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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