Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mae West: Donald Dillaway

Since he was in the cast of "The Virgin Man," he was arrested on 9 February 1927 along with Dorothy Hall and MAE WEST. "Sex Plays Are Raided!" was the headline of the Daily Mirror. The newspaper featured pictures of the actors in police custody.
• • In that Broadway comedy, a slight affair that was onstage from 18 January 1927 — March 1927 (when the court shut it down for good), Dorothy Hall played Elsa and Donald Dillaway portrayed Hughie. The news media dubbed "Virgin Man" just another dirt play and in the same category as "Sex" starring Mae West and Barry O'Neill, and "The Captive" starring Helen Menken and Basil Rathbone. The New York City police padlocked all three shows on the same night.
• • Donald Dillaway [17 March 1903 — 18 November 1982] • •
• • Born in New York City in the month of March — — on 17 March 1903 — — Donald Dillaway was seen on The Great White Way from 1925 — 1937. The handsome six-footer began his Hollywood career with numerous screen appearances from 1930 — 1961. Over the years, however, his once prominent supporting roles (opposite Laurel and Hardy, et al) became uncredited bit parts. His career had a second coming, however, with opportunities on TV. "The Wild Wild West" was his last guest-starring role before retiring in 1967. Between the cinema and television, his resume notes that he took part in 130 projects.
• • Donald Dillaway died in West Lake, California on 18 November 1982. He was 79.
• • In the 17 March 1916 issue of Variety • •
• • From 1912 — 1916, Mae West had an ally in vaudeville: her well-connected booking agent Frank Bohm
• • Under Frank Bohm's careful grooming, Mae transformed herself into a headliner for Manhattan's American Roof Theatre in January 1915 where she performed Sheldon Brooks's "Balling the Jack" and her trademark number "I've Got a Style All My Own."
• • Unfortunately, the agent who was so "generous, vital, and adoring" to Mae was cut down by tuberculosis of the spine when he was only 33 years old. Frank Bohm died in the month of March — — on 9 March 1916. Variety Magazine reported on his untimely demise in their issue dated for 17 March 1916.
• • By March 1916, however, Mae West had fallen off the pathway to stardom. From applauded headliner at a good theatre a few steps away from Broadway in January 1915, by March 1916 Mae was slaving away at Pittsburgh's Victoria Theatre, performing in cheap, third-rate burlesque. Holy moly!
• • On Monday, 17 March 1930 • •
• • It was on Monday, 17 March 1930 when Mae West's "Pleasure Man" trial before Judge Amadeo Bertini began, and the New York District Attorney charged that Mae violated Section 1140-a by writing another gay play and he also charged her with the crime of maintaining a public nuisance — — an insulting charge typically levied at speakeasies and skidrow saloons not playwrights.
• • On Thursday, 17 March 1966 • •
• • On 17 March 1966 caricaturist Al Hirschfeld wrote on one page: "John P. Sullivan has purchased a drawing of mine of Mae West for $250.00."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Love the men, ladies — — but not too much."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Andy Warhol mentioned Mae West.
• • Eveline Danubrata wrote: Andy Warhol started collecting pictures of movie stars such as Shirley Temple and Mae West when he was eight years old, Eric Shiner said. He would write letters to the Hollywood movie studios and ask for photographs, then kept dozens of them in a photo album. . . .
• • Source: Article: "Andy Warhol, the Pope of Pop, is making a pilgrimage to Asia on the 25th anniversary of his death" written by Eveline Danubrata in Singapore for Reuters; posted on 16 March 2012
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2241st 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • February 1927 • •
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