Friday, March 09, 2012

Mae West: David Landau

"She Done Him Wrong," starring MAE WEST, featured one tall actor who possessed an unforgettable bassissimo voice.
• • Born David Magee in Philadelphia in the month of March — — on 9 March 1879 — — using the stage name David Landau he made his foray into the world of entertainment. Though cast in a silent film "Bondwomen" in 1915, Landau was more often seen live onstage. From 1919 — 1929, he was featured on Broadway in a dozen dramas and history plays such as "Robert E. Lee" [1923], in which he portrayed General "Stonewall" Jackson. With his menacing look and a deep speaking voice, the six-foot-two thespian was useful to directors who needed to cast "the heavy" or an authority role.
• • In 1931, David Landau made his meaningful cinematic debut as Frank Maurrant in "Street Scene," recreating the role of the domineering husband (and angry cuckold) that he had portrayed so powerfully at the Playhouse Theatre in 1929. From 1931 — 1934 he was quickly cast in 33 motion pictures.
• • In 1932, David Landau had the minor role of Dan Flynn in "She Done Him Wrong."
• • Unfortunately, in 1934, David Landau had a stroke from which he never recovered. He died in Hollywood on 20 September 1935. He was 56 years old and buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.
• • Eddie Foy [9 March 1856 — 16 February 1928] • •
• • Born as Edwin Fitzgerald on 9 March 1856 in Greenwich Village, New York City, Eddie Foy, Sr. became an actor, comedian, dancer, and vaudeville star.
• • As an amateur preparing herself to be an entertainer, Mae West did impressions of Eddie Foy, George M. Cohan, Bert Williams, and Eva Tanguay.
• • It was on 25 June 1926 that Mae West appeared with Eddie Foy — — as well as Houdini and other entertainers (such as George M. Cohan, Fanny Brice, the Marx Brothers, Ann Pennington, Hazel Dawn, Al Jolson, etc.) — — at the Polo Grounds on West 155th Street in Manhattan's Washington Heights area [zipcode 10032]. The fundraiser, organized for the benefit of the United Jewish Campaign, was staged by Mae's old dancing teacher Ned Wayburn.
• • Eddie Foy died in Kansas City, Missouri on 16 February 1928 — — almost two years after he had appeared at the same Benefit with Mae West.
• • On Thursday, 9 March 1933 • •
• • On Thursday, 9 March 1933, a letter was sent by Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA, to James Wingate, Director, Studio Relations, Association of Motion Picture Producers. The bone they had to pick was Mae West's "She Done Him Wrong." Hays emphasized: "I cannot too strongly urge you to proceed in the strict enforcement of the Code. ..."
• • Did Will Hays tuck into others as much as he cut into Mae West?
• • On Monday, 9 March 1936 • •
• • It was inside their weekly issue dated for Monday, 9 March 1936 that readers could read a review of "Klondike Annie" printed in Time Magazine.
• • On Tuesday, 9 March 2004 • •
• • Starring Mae West, "Myra Breckinridge" [20th Century Fox, 1970] was issued as a DVD Release on Tuesday, 9 March 2004.
• • On Sunday, 9 March 2008 • •
• • On Sunday, 9 March 2008, listeners who tuned in to hear "The Dr. Demento Show" were treated to a special theme: celebrities. Dr. Demento played songs about celebrities and songs sung by celebrities. Examples on his program were: "Twist And Shout" (excerpt) by Mae West along with "Summertime" (excerpt) by Bill Clinton, "Kashmiri Song" (excerpt) by Rudolph Valentino, ("I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (excerpt) by Phyllis Diller, and "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" sung by Marilyn Monroe.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West told reporters this about her wriggling on stage: "It was nothing more than an exercise involving control of my abdominal muscles, which I learned from my father when I was a child.” [No, Mae did not take the stand in 1927.]
• • Mae West said: "A man in the house is worth two in the street."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a comedienne mentioned Mae West.
• • From David Hiltbrand's article: “Chelsea Handler is rare in that she’s an attractive woman who is able to speak frankly about her sexual exploits,” e-mails Traci Skene, editor of the stand-up comedy Web site SHECKYmagazine. “In the past, her particular (brand of) bawdy humor would have only been accepted coming out of the mouth of a seemingly much older woman — — Mae West for example. ... Chelsea manages to make it funny, believable, and acceptable.” . . .
• • Source: Article: "Snarky host of ‘Chelsea Lately' offers cheeky stand-up" written by David Hiltbrand for The Philadelphia Inquirer; published on 9 March 2009
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2233rd 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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