Monday, November 28, 2011

Mae West: Rocky River

MAE WEST will be in Rocky River at 7 o'clock this evening.
• • The local library is featuring their 5th annual festival of films from the era when Cowan was first popular (1920s — 1940s), and they have selected classic screen gems to show on the 4th Mondays during autumn. Tonight on Monday, 28 November 2011, viewers will enjoy "She Done Him Wrong" [1933] starring Mae West as Lady Lou and featuring Cary Grant as Captain Cummings, keeping watch over the Bowery saloon owned by Gus Jordan. Rocky River's tradition is to screen films at 7:00 PM in the library’s Auditorium along with fresh, hot popcorn.
• • WHERE: Rocky River Public Library: 1600 Hampton Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116; T. (440) 333-7610
• • Tell them you heard about it on the Mae West Blog.
• • In November, Let's Remember Russ Powell [1875 — 1953] • •
• • Russ Powell worked with Mae in the motion picture "Go West Young Man" [1936].
• • Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on 16 September 1875, the rotund fellow wound up in his very first silent flickers in 1915. The 40-year-old was cast in "The Fashion Shop" as a fat customer and then in "The Boob and the Baker" as a fat man. The busy bit parts player found work in more than 200 feature films from 1915 — 1943.
• • Paramount Pictures used him as Andy, a country farmer mending a fence in "Go West Young Man" but more often he was seen onscreen as a fat chef, a cannibal chief, a hefty dinner guest, or as an all-purpose counterman.
• • Russ Powell died in Los Angeles in November — — on 28 November 1950. He was 75.
• • On 28 November 1936 • •
• • Did you spot Mae West in the animated cartoon "The Coo-Coo Nut Grove" [1936]?
• • The storyline escorted a viewer through an amusing visit to a Hollywood night club, featuring caricatures of (among others): Mae West, Walter Winchell, Hugh Herbert, W.C. Fields, Katharine Hepburn, Johnny Weissmuller, Harpo Marx, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Clark Gable, Groucho Marx, Edward G. Robinson, etc.
• • The 60-minute cartoon feature was first aired in November
— — on 28 November 1936.
• • Ingmar Bergman, Mae West Fan • •
• • Recently reported in The New Yorker — — Swedish director Ingmar Bergman [14 July 1918 — 30 July 2007] said that the first time he saw Mae West in a movie he “went home and jerked off.”
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Oh, yes, you will. You've got the kind of stuff in you that makes women of my type. If our positions were changed, Clara
— — you in my place, and I in yours — — I'd be willing to bet that I'd make a better wife and mother than you are. Yeah, and I'll bet without this beautiful home, without money, and without any restrictions, you'd be worse than I have ever been. ..." [dialogue written for her character Margy LaMont in "Sex"]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about the first edition of "Who's Who in America" mentioned that Mae West was not included.
• • Chicago Tribune reporter Joanne Kaufman wrote on November 28th: The first edition of Who's Who in America contained 8,602 listings, and Marquis was besieged by people who wanted to reserve space for themselves in subsequent editions. But Marquis had stern standards. The first book was dominated by profiles of obscure educators, clergymen, and welfare workers, reflecting Marquis` personal interests in his church, the Republican Party, the study of genealogy, and the rehabilitation of prisoners. It leaned against athletes (Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey never made it) and people in the arts.
• • Some took the snub with aplomb. Mae West, when asked why she failed to make the cut, replied, "Well, the old boy who published it isn't in my little black book, either." ...
• • Source: Article: "The 'Big Red Book' And 75,000 Big Shots" written by Joanne Kaufman for the Chicago Tribune; published on 28 November 1986
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2129th 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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