Friday, September 16, 2011

Mae West: Russ Powell

Russ Powell worked with MAE WEST in the motion picture "Go West Young Man" [1936].
• • Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in the month of September — — on 16 September 1875 — — the rotund fellow wound up in his very first silent flickers in 1915. The 40-year-old was cast in "The Fashion Shop" as a fat customer and then in "The Boob and the Baker" as a fat man. The busy bit parts player found work in more than 200 feature films from 1915 — 1943.
• • Paramount Pictures used him as Andy, a country farmer mending a fence in "Go West Young Man" but more often he was seen onscreen as a fat chef, a cannibal chief, a hefty dinner guest, or as an all-purpose counterman.
• • Russ Powell died in Los Angeles on 28 November 1950. He was 75.
• • On 16 September 1928 • •
• • "Those Queens will sell the show . . . ."
• • Mae West's play "Pleasure Man" opened on a Monday evening on 16 September 1928 at the Bronx Opera House. It was scheduled to play for a week there, and then have a short run in Queens at the Boulevard Theatre before opening on Broadway at the Biltmore on 1 October 1928. There was an advance sale of $200,000.
• • Jack Conway gave it a camp review in Variety, praising the 2 1/2 hour show with a gay theme, saying that "All the Queens are in it" and "The whole thing is backstage stuff and surefire. Those Queens will sell the show if nothing else does . . . ." In fact, the police stole the show.
• • The play "Courting Mae West" dramatizes the raid at the Biltmore on 1 October 1928 at the beginning of Act II.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said this: "Women like a man with a past — — but they prefer a man with a present.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Los Angeles journalist mentioned Mae West in a recent column.
• • Elizabeth Snead leads off her piece with this quote: Mae West once said, "It's not the men in my life that counts. It's the life in my men." Madonna could say pretty much say the same. ...
• • Source: Article: "The men (and women) of Madonna" written by Elizabeth Snead, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer for the L.A. Times; posted on 15 September 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2055th 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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