Friday, October 07, 2011

Mae West: Jack Mulhall

When MAE WEST starred in "Klondike Annie" [1936], she worked briefly with a handsome New York gentleman who had acted and danced in vaudeville and performed in the cast of early Ziegfeld shows on The Gay White Way.
• • Born in the Catskills region in Wappingers Falls, New York in the month of October — — on 7 October 1887 — — Jack Mulhall managed to get employment in an iron foundry, then worked as an amusement park barker and pitchman. After he had several Broadway credits under his belt, he joined D.W. Griffith at Biograph. From 1910
forward, Jack Mulhall was seen in numerous silent flickers along with his hard-working co-stars Lon Chaney and Noah Beery. He starred opposite Alice Lake and Gertrude Astor, and he had scripted onscreen romances with several high-profile silent era leading ladies, too, such as Constance Talmadge in "Dulcy" [1923] and Louise Brooks in "Just Another Blonde" [1926]. "Dark Streets" [1929] was his first talkie.
• • During the 1930s Mulhall relocated to the West Coast with his family. He once served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild. Gradually, the leading man roles he once commanded gave way to bit parts. In "Klondike Annie," Jack Mulhall was seen as an officer.
• • From 1910 — 1960 his name was attached to over 400 productions from shorts to silents, from big screen favorites to TV series. Versatile and flexible, Mulhall guest-starred in the pilot episode of a TV comedy "How to Marry a Millionaire" on 7 October 1957. He was also hired for cop dramas such as the popular "77 Sunset Strip" in 1959 when he was 72. He retired the following year.
• • After a long and busy life, Jack Mulhall died of congestive heart failure in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California on 1 June 1979. He was 92 years old.
• • On October 7th and 8th, 2011 • •
• • On 7 October 2011, Judy Garland will be spending the evening with Mae West as well as some of her her favorite females. Tribute Artist Peter Mac is performing the roles of the iconic ladies of yesteryear such as Mae and Liza Minnelli, Tallulah Bankhead, Katherine Hepburn. His lively stage show runs through 8 October 2011.
• • WHERE: The Gardenia: 7066 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038; T. (323) 467-7444
• • October 2001 • •
• • "Mae West: An Icon in Black and White" by Jill Watts was published by Oxford University Press. Excellent in many ways. Get a copy for your bookshelf.
• • "Go Mae West" • •
• • In the autumn of 2007, the British fusion group The Crystal Screen released a CD "Go West." One track was called "Go Mae West." It was composed by the group's guitarist Bill Wickenden; you can listen to "Go Mae West" on their web site.
• • Graeme's Birthday on October 7th • •
• • Born in Toronto, Canada on 7 October 1929, Ivan Graeme Ferguson became a director, producer, cinematographer during his student days.
• • Graeme Ferguson, co-founder of IMAX Corporation and its president from 1970 — 1990, found his calling via a summer job at the National Film Board in 1950 while studying political science and economics at the University of Toronto.
• • Ferguson was the co-writer (and co-producer with Saul J. Turell) of "The Love Goddesses" [1965], which featured Mae West.
• • Happy 82nd Birthday to Graeme Ferguson — — and may you be surrounded by love goddesses today.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Bull, you ain't no oil paintin' — — but you're a fascinatin' monster." [The Frisco Doll said it in "Klondike Annie," 1936.]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about celebrities and sex tapes mentioned Mae West.
• • Michelle Collins, listing 11 dead stars whose sex tape she would really relish, writes: Mae West. It would like a celebrity sex flip book. . . .
• • Source: Article: "11 Other Dead Celebrities We Hope Have a Sex Tape" written by Michelle Collins for Best Week Ever TV; posted on 3 October, 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2076th 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 Victor McLaglen in 1936 • •
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