Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mae West: Harold Huber

In "Klondike Annie" [1936] MAE WEST plays Rose Carlton, the kept woman of Chan Lo (Harold Huber), who takes her from walking the streets to pacing the floors of her high rent gilded cage.
• • Born in the Bronx, New York on 5 December 1904 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents as Harold Joseph Huberman, the ambitious young man attended New York University in 1925 at the age of 16, where he was both a member of the university debate team and editor of the university's school magazine. Continuing his education in Manhattan at Columbia University, Harold intended to become an attorney. However, after finding paid employment as an actor one year after the worrisome stock market crash (in 1930), he changed his focus and went to Hollywood.
• • Casting agents took a shine to this versatile performer with an adaptable visage and used him for ethnic characters who were Italian, Hispanic, or Asian as well as gangsters, thugs, convicts, or detectives. After he was featured as Chan Lo opposite Mae West in 1936, Huber played General Ho-Fang in "Outlaws of the Orient" [1937] and appeared in two Charlie Chan motion pictures the same year.
• • From 1931 — 1959, the bit parts player was seen in 102 projects on TV or the silver screen.
• • Harold Huber died during surgery at Jewish Memorial Hospital in the month of September — — on 29 September 1959. He was only 54 years old. His wife Ethel and his daughter Margaret buried him at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Queens, NY.
• • On 29 September 1914 • •
• • The newspaper the Philadelphia North American reviewed the more prominent variety artists who were performing onstage in the City of Brotherly Love on 29 September 1914. The arts critic thought well of Mae, who was then calling herself "The Original Brinkley Girl." When he referred to her stage act, he called her a "nut comedienne."
• • On 29 September 1933 • •
• • It was on 29 September 1933 that Mae West signed the Release Dialogue Script form for her very successful motion picture project "I'm No Angel" for Paramount Pictures. Mae West was paid for the film's treatment, story, and screenplay. In 1933, after altering several songs, the film was approved by the Association of Motion Picture Producers although it was later subject to the censors' scrutiny. "I'm No Angel" became one of the highest grossing films in 1933, earning $2,250,000 domestically. Julien's Auctions sold this autographed Release to a fan for $128.00.
• • On 29 September 1936 • •
• • "Pleasure Man" written by Mae West had its gala opening night on Broadway 1 October 1928 padlocked by the police. Alan Brooks who portrayed Rodney Terrill died at the end of September — — on 29 September 1936 — — in Saranac Lake, NY, at the age of 48. Did the stressful 1930s obscenity trial contribute to his early demise?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said this: "Don't cry for a man who's left you — — the next one may fall for your smile.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in The Register [U.K.] began with three quotes by Mae West.
• • Kelly Fiveash writes: A story in which any number of Mae West quotations can be applied: "I speak two languages, Body and English Google." Or "Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly." Or "Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before."
• • Kelly Fiveash continues: Larry Page is on a mission to keep Google in the fast lane when it comes to growing the already ubiquitous business online. The company's second-time-around CEO since April 2011 was speaking with Google chairman and previous chief Eric Schmidt at the firm's Zeitgest confab yesterday. ...
• • Source: Article: "Larry Page sees 'tragic' future for Google" written by Kelly Fiveash for The Register [U.K.]; posted on 28 September 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2068th 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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