Monday, December 26, 2011

Mae West: Gift Ideas

An unusual item for MAE WEST collectors is this 1978 recording. "Mae West and Her Guys: All the Laughs, Bawdy Fun, and Songs — — Special Guest Star Duke Ellington" is a limited edition LP from this catalogue — — Caliban Star Personality 6036.
• • What's on "Mae West and Her Guys"? The tracks include recordings from the Chesterfield Supper Club, the Dean Martin variety shows, the Red Skelton broadcast, and the Frank Bresee radio shows in the 1970s.
• • Rare Mae West Autographed Photo for Sale • •
• • A collector by nature, Tom Stanford, assembled his storehouse of paper memorabilia by attending auctions, painting old houses, visiting yard sales, stumbling upon archival photographs, maps, vintage posters, stamps, envelopes, and letters, etc. The 61-year-old gallery owner once found a photograph of Mae West autographed to Anne Bancroft in a New York City trash container. It is for sale in his gallery:
• • Ladybird's Gallery, 78 Rigby Road,Lancaster, MA 01523
• • In December, Let's Remember Jeff Morrow [1907 — 1993]
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• • With a birthname of "Irving" and a pronounced forehead, the native New Yorker who became the actor Jeff Morrow [13 January 1907 — 26 December 1993] was almost destined to play the heavy. Mae West cast him as the convict Chick Clark when she revived "Diamond Lil" on Broadway. When the show opened on 5 February 1949, Jeff Morrow marked his true theatrical debut.
• • Previously, Jeff Morrow was seen on The Gay White Way during the autumn of 1946 — — all too briefly. He played "A Stranger" in a forgettable flop called "Mr. Peebles and Mr. Hooker," a comedy that lasted for only four performances from October 10th — 12, 1946 at the Music Box Theatre.
• • Jeff Morrow died in December — — on 26 December 1993 in California. He was 86.
• • Mae West in Hollywood's Comical Court • •
• • Attorneys Joel M. Androphy and Keith A. Byers explained in an article: Considering the vast and largely unregulated contempt powers of a federal judge, anyone appearing in federal court would be well-advised to avoid the approach taken by the legendary actress Mae West. In the movie My Little Chickadee, "[w]hen the judge warned Mae West that she might be in contempt of court, she rolled her eyes and drawled, 'I'm trying my best to hide it, your honor.'"
• • "My Little Chickadee" was a motion picture. The screenplay was fictional. Mae West never uttered that statement at a real trial, though plenty of misinformed individuals post that she said it during her obscenity trial. That is incorrect.
• • On 26 December 1946 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Bosley Crowther wrote an obit: W.C. Fields, 66, Dies; Famed as Comedian.
• • According to Bosley Crowther's coverage: Pasadena, Calif., Dec. 25 — — W. C. Fields, the comedian whose deadpan gestures, raspy remarks and "never give a sucker an even break" characterizations made him a showman beloved the nation over, died today at the age of 66.
He was equally well know in show business for his ad libbing and complete disregard for prepared scripts, either in the movies or radio. Once he said that the only lines he followed truly were those of Charles Dickens.
• • Fields got his first job in show business as a juggler at a summer part in Norristown, Pa., at $5 a week. ...
• • During the last ten years the principal Fields films were "Poppy," "The Big Broadcast of 1938," "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man," "My Little Chickadee," written by Mae West and Mr. Fields and starring both; . . . .
• • On 26 December 2004 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Pat Jordan wrote: Between serving in the Navy during World War II and again during the Korean War, Joe Gold (born 1922) lived as a beach bum in Santa Monica, alternating work in the merchant marine as a machinist's mate with play on the beach. It was there, after Korea, that he heard about a casting call for a Las Vegas revue starring Mae West. When Gold and a few of his fellow bodybuilders visited Mae West's apartment, she looked them over and said, ''I'll take all of you.''
• • Pat Jordan continued: After Gold finished his cross-country tour with Mae West, he soon returned to Santa Monica, where he used his machinist's skills to design and build his own sophisticated weight-lifting equipment. In 1965 he opened the first Gold's Gym . . . .
• • Source: Article: "Body by Joe" written by Pat Jordan for The NY Times Magazine; published on 26 December 2004
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: ''I like movies about strong women. I was the first liberated woman, y'know. No guy was gonna get the best of me.''
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Bert Goodrich, Mr. America 1939, mentioned Mae West.
• • Born and raised in Arizona, Bert Goodrich [26 December 1906 — 6 December 1991] developed an interest in sports and fitness in his youth.
• • An IFBB article explained: "His athletic skills were a perfect mix for his work as a movie stunt-double, where he placed himself in danger so Buster Crabbe, John Wayne, Ken Maynard and other major stars could continue their careers unscarred. ... In 1948, he jointly promoted the Mr. USA contest with Vic Tanny. A few years later, he acted as a talent scout, helping to recruit musclemen for Mae West’s touring nightclub act, long before the first Chippendale’s dancer was born. ..."
• • Source: anonymously written for
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2157th 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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