Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mae West: Dale Van Sickel

MAE WEST starred in "Goin' to Town" [1935] and Dale Van Sickel was seen as a party guest.
• • Dale Harris Van Sickel hailed from Eatonton, Georgia where he was born in November — — on 29 November 1907. An All-American football player at University of Florida, the handsome six-footer coached at the university until 1932. He headed to Hollywood when he was 25 years old, where he found work as a double for Clark Gable, Robert Taylor, and Dana Andrews.
• • As an actor, Dale Van Sickel was attached to 288 titles on TV and in the cinema between 1932 — 1971. As a stunt man, Dale Van Sickel was attached to 165 titles between 1933 — 1976. Founding member of Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures, he was their first president.
• • After a long illness, Dale Van Sickel died in Newport Beach, California on 25 January 1977. He was 69 years old.
• • In November, Let's Remember Cary Grant [1904 — 1986] • •
• • Mae West discovered Cary Grant and introduced the handsome young Brit to Hollywood by having him co-star in two of her most successful films: "She Done Him Wrong" and "I'm No Angel."
• • One hundred and seven years ago, Cary Grant (or back then "Archibald Leach") was born at home on 18 January 1904. His home address at the time was: 15 Hughendon Road, Horfield, Bristol, England.
• • Cary Grant died in the month of November — — on 29 November 1986. The dashing leading man was 84 years old and had been married multiple times.
• • On 29 November 1941 • •
• • Liberty Magazine published a quiz "The Comedians' Comedians" supposedly penned by W.C. Fields. Several clues were about actress Mae West and actor W.C. Fields. The publication date was in November — — on 29 November 1941.
• • On 29 November 1960 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • As costume designer at Paramount Pictures, Edith Head took on a side chore: the custodian of a score of costumes — — worn by Mae West et al — — that had been sentimentally preserved because they contributed to movie history.
• • On 29 November 1960, an article in The New York Times discussed the final appearance of these glamourous gowns. "I'm only managing to hold them together with emergency sewing now. This will be about their last time out," said Edith Head. The collection, referred to as a "million dollar" affair, included Mae West's emerald green, jewel-encrusted come-up-and-see-me-sometime gown from "She Done Him Wrong," Texas Guinan and Clara Bow outfits, and Ginger Rogers's mink dress from "Lady in the Dark." . . .
• • Source: The N.Y. Times on 29 November 1960
• • 29 November 1998 in the Chicago Tribune • •
• • Famous quotes would appear in the section "Fast Track/ Replays" in the Chicago Tribune and this quote by Mae West — — "I only like two kinds of men: domestic and foreign" — — was printed on 29 November 1998.
• • On 29 November 2010 • •
• • Mae West's "A Guy What Takes His Time" was performed by Christina Aguilera in the (alas, poorly received) musical motion picture "Burlesque" costarring Cher and produced by Sony Pictures.
• • Additionally, "Burlesque" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was released to the CD-buying public by RCA Records / CD on 29 November 2010.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Judge, wherever there's a man concerned, I always do my best. " [Cleo Borden's movie dialogue from "Goin' to Town" in 1935]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about electric power in the state of New Mexico mentioned Mae West. It might be difficult to believe that when people think of public utilities in the Southwest, the first name that comes to mind is the controversial Brooklyn bombshell, but there you have it.
• • Albuquerque Journal Staff Writer Larry Calloway began his article this way: It's not recorded how Mae West felt about the issue of retail wheeling, or open access, to electric power, but her philosophy was cited by both sides in a legislative committee. And it's clear the consumer issue pits the state's most conservative city against the state's largest city.
• • Larry Calloway continued: You want to know what on earth the sultry 1930s film star could have said that's remotely relevant to 1990s public utility deregulation. You want to know how her philosophy resolves the issue of "stranded costs." You want to know if "open access" was what she had in mind with her famous reprise: "Why don'cha — — come on up an' — — see me sometime?" ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Influence" written by Larry Calloway for Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM); published on 27 July 1997
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2130th 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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