Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mae West: Richard Peel

MAE WEST worked with many bit part players — — and the inglorious adjective "uncredited" too often defined these hard working reliables who plied their craft in the screen trade as well as on TV for decades without, alas, much upward mobility.
• • London born on 17 July 1920, Englishman Richard Peel was cast as Christian, the Sussex Score Hotel chef in "Sextette" [1978]. Actively seeking work from his 30s and forward, Peel was seen onscreen in "Titanic" [1953] and then in sixteen other films. He fared somewhat better with television. Richard Peel was cast as a semi-regular on "Family Affair"; he played Mr. Withers between 1966 — 1968 in this gentle TV sit-com. All told, he logged in about three dozen projects for the small screen, mostly in one series or another.
• • Richard Peel died in Los Angeles, California in the month of October — — on 11 October 1988. He was 68.
• • "Sex" on 11 October 1930 • •
• • In the autumn of 1930, Mae West performed with the cast of "Sex" in the capital of Illinois. Invited by the Dill Pickle Club's founder John (Jack) Jones, the playwright and actress took to the stage on Saturday 11 October 1930, and again on Saturday 18 October 1930.
• • The Dill Pickle Club was thriving between 1914 — 1933 in The Windy City. Once one of Chicago’s best-known Bohemian nightspots, the club provided a forum for free speech as well as affording encouragement for artistic expression. Its patrons included Socialists, atheists, anarchists, “liberated” women, professional lecturers and soapbox orators, artists, actors, literary hopefuls and all sorts of unconventional types.
• • On 11 October 1936 • •
• • On 11 October 1936, readers of the Los Angeles Times read about this intriguing news item: "Mae West's Driver Hunted." Provocative, eh?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “A real farmer. He spent his childhood in the wheat — — and his marriage in the hay." [Marlo Manners said it in "Sextette," 1978.]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article that mentioned Mae West appeared recently in Great Britain.
• • The BBC has reported this: A "Comedy Carpet" featuring the catchphrases, jokes and names of more than 1,000 comedians has been unveiled at the foot of Blackpool Tower. ...
• • Designer Gordon Young said: "It soon became obvious that Blackpool, England had been a magnetic chuckle point for the nation. From Mae West to modern maestros like Peter Kay, the sheer breadth of comedians who've performed in the town over the decades is amazing." ...
• • Source: Article: "Ken Dodd to unveil Blackpool comedy carpet artwork" written by the BBC; posted on 10 October 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2080th 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.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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