MAE WEST worked with one man who wore more hats in Hollywood than most.
• • Born in Mount Vernon, Texas during the eleventh month — — on 11 November 1906 — — George Becton Templeton started his career on the gridiron. He played football at the University of Southern California, where he was on the Freshman team with a young John Wayne, and where the team won a P.C.C. championship in 1928 and a Rose Bowl in 1930.
• • In 1930 he was 24 years old and working his way into the screen trade. As an actor, George "Dink" Templeton was seen in credited or uncredited parts in six motion pictures from 1930 — 1936, and then one bit part in 1955 on TV. In "Night After Night" he scored a credited role as Patsy under the name "Dink Templeton."
• • However, Templeton's name turned up more often as a writer, or a producer as well as a director (for 10 film projects and one TV series: 5 episodes of "Rawhide"). He also was linked to 26 titles in the official capacity of Second Unit Director or Assistant Director. Of these credits, he was certainly a mainstay for the popular Western TV show "Rawhide," for which he was the A.D. for 33 episodes from 1959 — 1961.
• • George Templeton died in Los Angeles on 26 August 1980. He was 73 years old.
• • "Night After Night" was adapted from Louis Bromfield's story "Single Night"; directed by Archie Mayo; produced by Paramount-Publix. Originally, it premiered in New York City at the Times Square Paramount and the Brooklyn Paramount.
• • The Cast • •
• • Joe Anton . . . . . George Raft
• • Jerry Healy . . . . . Constance Cummings
• • Iris Dawn . . . . . Wynne Gibson
• • Maudie Triplett . . . . . Mae West
• • Mrs. Mabel Jellyman . . . . . Alison Skipworth
• • Leo . . . . . Roscoe Karns
• • Blainey . . . . . Al Hill
• • Dick Bolton . . . . . Louis Calhern
• • Jerky . . . . . Harry Wallace
• • Patsy . . . . . Dink Templeton
• • Frankie Guard . . . . . Bradley Page
• • Malloy . . . . . Marty Martyn
• • In November, Let's Remember Our Wonderful People in the Military • •
• • On this November date, Veterans Day, we salute all those who have served this country.
• • In November, Let's Remember Jerome Kern [1885 — 1945] • •
• • Mae West was cast in "A Winsome Widow," a Broadway success in 1912.
• • Produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., "A Winsome Widow" had several numbers created by a diverse group of songwriters and composers, for instance, Jerome Kern, then 27 years old.
• • A native New Yorker like Mae West, Jerome Kern [27 January 1885 — 11 November 1945] was an American composer of musical theatre and popular music who was raised in Manhattan. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "A Fine Romance," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "All the Things You Are," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Long Ago (and Far Away)," "Who?" — — and songs intended to be performed in "Winsome Widow" by Mae West.
• • On 5 November 1945, Jerome Kern suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while walking at the south west corner of Park Avenue and 57th street, apparently in search of a drugstore for the pills he depended on, but had forgotten to bring with him. Today we mark the passing of this astonishingly talented composer.
• • On 11 November 1998 • •
• • A new wave of interest in Mae West has resulted in a number of books concerned with her formidable feminism, her games with what she would never have wished to call "gender," and her enduring status in the American pop pantheon. In The New Yorker, Claudia Roth Pierpont wrote an article about Mae called "The Strong Woman" and it ran in the issue dated 11 November 1998.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West wrote this: "You can't save a man's soul if you don't get close to him. It's the personal touch that counts."• • Mae penned that line of dialogue for her character Rose to say in "Klondike Annie" — — but the censors made her remove it from the script.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a new book mentioned Mae West.
• • Tom Alderman wrote: For reasons beyond comprehension, Marilyn Monroe still engages the public some 50-plus years after her life and sudden, uh, mysterious death at age 36. ... In her day Marilyn Monroe was a continuum of Hollywood's blonde bombshell archetype that started with Mae West, through Jean Harlow to Monroe, Diana Dors and Jayne Mansfield. Their primary commonality: exaggerated, almost cartoon sexuality. Contributing to the Monroe canon about, of and by Monroe, we can now add the novel Bye Bye, Baby, From Joe DiMaggio to JFK, they all loved her...but who killed the Blonde Bombshell? by Max Allan Collins. ...
• • Source: Article: "Marilyn Monroe: Still Dead. Still Selling. How Come?" written by Tom Alderman for The Huff Post; posted on 9 November 2011• • By the Numbers • •
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