Friday, August 19, 2011

Mae West: Without Closeups

MAE WEST starred in "Sextette" [1978], and the cinematography was done by James Crabe.
• • Born in Los Angeles, California in the month of August — — on 19 August 1931 — — James Aubrey Crabe was the cinematographer for more than fifty projects beginning with "The Proper Time" [1960] and ending with a TV movie called "Baby M" [1988]. Crabe died of complications from AIDS at age 57 in Sherman Oaks, California on 2 May 1989.
• • Shooting began on 1 December 1976 and was wrapped up during March 1977. James Crabe captured his leading lady in medium shots. There would be no close-ups in "Sextette" of Mae West.
• • Crabe missed this little goof and so did the film editor. The boom microphone is visible when Mae West and Dom DeLuise are leaving the hotel gymnasium. Did you spot this?
• • In 1994, Christie's auctioned off a most intriguing bit of memorabilia: a bound copy of the stage play "Sextette" [1927] by the actress and dramatist Charlotte Francis.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West wrote this line for Marlo Manners: "Marriage is like a book. The whole story takes place between the covers."
• • Mae West also described the borough she loved: “The Brooklyn I was born in, near the end of the 19th century, was still a city of churches. ... Deer ran wild in Prospect Park ...."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Mae West, in the 1936 movie “Klondike Annie,” said, “Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.” Sometimes at the bridge table you have two ways to make a contract but are not sure which one to try. Then, you should pick the mathematically more likely. ...
• • Source: Article: "How do you play both strings?" written by bridge staff for Sun-Times Media; posted on 11 August 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2027th 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 • • with Ringo Starr in 1978 • •
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  1. Anonymous7:51 AM

    I was wondering where you get your photos from and are they public domain, ie can they be used royalty free?


  2. Photos on the Mae West Blog come from various sources. Since certain photos are indeed from private collections, and were used with permission, it is best not to "borrow" without asking first about rights to a PARTICULAR IMAGE.

    Please note: the Mae West Blog was started in July 2004, and numerous pictures protected under copyright have appeared here via a special arrangement. Thank you.