Friday, April 06, 2012

Mae West: Bernhard Kaun

MAE WEST made her screen debut in "Night After Night" [1932] at a time when music was written especially for an upcoming motion picture.
• • Composer Bernhard Kaun was part of the Music Department for Paramount Pictures along with other movie studios.
• • Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the month of April — — on 5 April 1899 — — Bernhard Kaun went to California and spent 37 years in Hollywood. From 1931 — 1958, Kaun helped develop incidental music and themes for the soundtrack of 225 motion pictures including "Night After Night." In 1932, for instance, he worked on 29 different movies.
• • Bernhard Kaun died in Baden-Baden, West Germany on 3 January 1980. He was 80.
• • Virginia Hammond [20 August 1893 — 6 April 1972] • •
• • When Virginia Hammond was cast as Miss Plunkett in "Goin' to Town," the actress had often been hired to portray aristocratic types and snooty society dames — — the kind of woman who would read Town and Country Magazine, for instance.
• • She was born under the sign of Leo (birthdate 20 August 1893) in Staunton, Virginia and launched her career in Hollywood in 1916. After being cast in 46 motion pictures during two decades, she retired from the cinema in 1936.
• • Virginia Hammond died in Washington, D.C. at age 78 in the month of April — — on 6 April 1972.
• • On Wednesday, 6 April 1927 • •
• • On Tuesday, 5 April 1927 at Jefferson Market Court [on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village], the jury returned with a guilty verdict. As she left the courtroom, followed by reporters, photographers, and a mob of well-wishers, Mae told them, "You've got to fight in this world!" She added, "You've got to fight to get there — — and fight to stay there."
• • On Wednesday, 6 April 1927, articles about Mae were published in Variety, The New York Times, The N.Y. Herald Tribune, and elsewhere.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My play 'Sex' was a work of art!"
• • Mae West said: "Anybody who needs a dirty play ought to call on Mr. Wallace for suggestions."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An editorial in April 1940 mentioned Mae West.
• • The Charlotte News wrote: You don't hear as many WPA jokes as you used to. For that matter, you don't hear as many Mae West stories, though we think it's for an exactly different reason. Mae's on the way out. And WPA, or some form of it, we're afraid, is here to stay.
• • The Charlotte News wrote: And every time we talk ourselves into accepting the institution of work relief, finding something good about it, such as the eagerness of most men and women to do a day's work for a day's pay, and thinking progressive thoughts about it, such as the opportunity of tackling through work relief vast improvements which would never be feasible otherwise . . .
• • Source: Editorial: "Two High Chairs" in The Charlotte News; published on Saturday, 6 April 1940
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2261st 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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