Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mae West: Joseph H. Nadel

He was the production manager on two motion pictures starring MAE WEST — — "Go West Young Man" [1936] and "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937].
• • Like Mae, he was a native New Yorker; Joe was born in The Big Apple on 2 June 1892. Well organized and detail oriented, Joseph H. Nadel worked his way up in the screen trade from production management during the 1930s to producer and associate producer of full-length features from 1934 — 1950 such as "D.O.A." [1950], "The Second Woman" [1950], "The Jackie Robinson Story" [1950], and "Champagne for Caesar" [1950].
• • Joseph H. Nadel died in Hollywood in November — — on 20 November 1950. He was 58 years old. He was laid to rest in Los Angeles in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. His loving wife Dorothy Nadel [1893 — 1959] was buried at his side nine years later.
• • In November, Let's Remember Fred Santley [1887 — 1953] • •
• • In the motion picture "She Done Him Wrong," the popular 1890s ballad "She's More to Be Pitied Than Censured" was sung in Gus Jordan's Bowery saloon by Fred Santley, who was billed as "the tenor" in the credits.
• • Born in Salt Lake City, Utah during the eleventh month — — on 20 November 1887 — — as Frederic Mansfield, Fred was the brother of the Hollywood actor/director Joseph Santley. He began his silent movie career in 1907 with a number of short comedies; he often played a continuing character named Bertie. In talkies, his rich tenor voice won him cinema roles such as Radio Announcer as well as pawnbrokers, pedestrians, doormen, reporters, and ticket clerks. Between 1907 — 1953, he was seen in 121 films.
• • It was on 14 May 1953 that the bit parts player Fred Santley died in Los Angeles, California. He was 65 years old.
• • On 20 November 1911 • •
• • In 1911 Mae West's high-stepping antics got her fired from "Vera Violetta" when she brazenly tried to trump the star, French diva Gaby Deslys. "Vera Violetta" opened on Broadway on 20 November 1911.
• • On 20 November 1988 in The Orlando Sentinel • •
• • Mae West once confided to a friend: "I felt Bill Fields had no class."
• • This exchange was printed on 20 November 1988 in a Florida newspaper:
• • Q. After laughing through a home video of the comedy classic "My Little Chickadee," with W.C. Fields and Mae West, I cannot figure out why this priceless pair never played together again on screen. Can you?
• • A. Yes, on several counts. First, the picture didn't quite jell. Though it had many funny moments, it didn't do all that well with the movie critics of the day. In addition, the two stars clashed constantly. West said later, ''That picture was a mistake from the word 'Shoot!''' And Mae West also confided to a close friend, ''To tell you the truth, I felt Bill Fields had no class."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm a liberated woman — — I did everything I wanted. And I never wanted children. They'd have taken my mind off myself."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Louis Nizer [6 February 1902 in London — 10 November 1994 in New York City] was a noted Jewish-American trial lawyer and senior partner of the law firm Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon. His death notice in the month of November mentioned Mae West.
• • From The New York Times: NEW YORK — Louis Nizer, the shrewd and voluble trial lawyer who made a long career of representing famous people in famous cases and whose autobiography, My Life in Court, was a best seller, died on Thursday at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 92 and lived in Manhattan. ...
• • Mr. Nizer's wavy hair and near-classic profile adorned countless courthouses, board rooms and corridors of power as he talked his way to fame and fortune. In the course of his work as a trial lawyer, he made himself an authority on contract, copyright, libel, divorce, plagiarism and antitrust law, and on other kinds of law involving the entertainment world. His roster of celebrity clients included Mae West, Johnny Carson, Charlie Chaplin, Salvador Dali, Eddie Fisher, Alan Jay Lerner, the basketball star Julius Erving, and Spyros Skouros, once board chairman of 20th Century Fox films. . . .
• • Source: Obituary: "Louis Nizer, 92, Trial Lawyer, Author" written by The New York Times staff; printed on 11 November 1994
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2121st 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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