Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mae West: Corsaro and Begg

So many handsome gentleman surrounded MAE WEST in the musical comedy "Goin' to Town," which was released in the USA on 25 April 1935. Two actors are tied to the same day: April 19th.
• • Franco Corsaro [19 August 1900 — 19 April 1982] • •
• • Born on 19 August 1900 in Mae's hometown of New York City, Franco Corsaro snagged some work in 74 productions in TV and on film. Between 1931 — 1978, casting agents found his Continental looks useful for Italian, French, or gypsy roles. He was seen as an "Italian Officer" in "Goin' to Town."
• • Franco Corsaro died in Los Angeles, California in the month of April — — on 19 April 1982. He was 81.
• • William Begg [16 April 1903 — 19 April 1986] • •
• • Born on 16 April 1903 in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, William Martin John Begg started his Tinseltown resume in 1930 when he was 27 years old. However, the bit parts player had only a short career in cinema, appearing in nine films from 1930 — 1937. He was seen as "man at bar" in "Goin' to Town."
• • William Begg died in Delray Beach, Florida in the month of April — — on 19 April 1986. He was 83.
• • On Tuesday, 19 April 1927 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • The New York Times gave this news item prominence in their paper on Tuesday, 19 April 1927: "Mae West Star In Raided Play Jailed and Fined" was the headline.
• • Mae West the star of one of three recently raided Broadway plays was sentenced to ten days in the workhouse and a fine by Judge Donnellan today as the penalty for participating in an obscene performance. A similar sentence and fine were pronounced in the case of James A. Timony and a sentence without the fine for William Clarence Morganstern. All the other 19 defendants in the "Sex" case received suspended sentences . . . .
• • On Tuesday, 19 April 1927 • •
• • The sentencing of Mae West, Jim Timony, and the cast of "Sex" took place on Tuesday, 19 April 1927 in Jefferson Market Court (General Sessions). That trial and the dramatic guilty verdict end Act I of the full-length stage play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," a serious-minded comedy set during 1926 — 1932. Watch a scene on YouTube.
• • On Thursday, 19 April 1928 • •
• • In his diary, Carl Van Vechten wrote: Then we go to see Mae West in "Diamond Lil," sitting in the front row. I like it even better than before . . . .
• • On Tuesday, 19 April 2011 • •
• • The DVD of "Sextette" is released on 19 April 2011. This romantic comedy stars Mae West (Marlo Manners / Lady Barrington), Timothy Dalton (Sir Michael Barrington), Dom DeLuise (Dan Turner), and was directed by Ken Hughes.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I don't know a lot about politics, but I can recognize a good party man when I see one.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in The Milwaukee Sentinel in 1941 mentioned John Barrymore and Mae West.
• • Louella Parsons wrote: Mae West got herself a movie job. Yes, indeed! She signed a contract with William Shapiro who brought Bobby Breen to the coast. Shapiro, at one time associated with Sol Lesser, has obtained capital to finance the Mae West movie. Now here's the part that to me should even make the sphinx smile. Shapiro has an option on John Barrymore's services and is trying to get him to play opposite La West.
• • Louella Parsons wrote: Bernard Schubert, who has authored the story, pictures Mae West as an older glamour girl who is satiated with romance and tired of the world until she meets her ideal man — — John Barrymore, no less — — a retired hero. Then love blooms all over again for both. And here's something for the books — — Mae, of all things, is being backed by New England capital. . . .
• • Source: News Item: "Sign Mae West To Appear In Romantic Role And May Be Opposite None Other than Barrymore" written by Hollywood columnist Louella Parsons; syndicated and published on page 7 in
The Milwaukee Sentinel; printed on 7 March 1941
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2275th 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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