Thursday, April 05, 2012

Mae West: Willard Robertson

MAE WEST had her share of lawyers and legal turmoil. One actor who was cast in "My Little Chickadee" [1940] began his career as an attorney.
• • Born on 1 January 1886 in Runnels, Texas, Willard Robertson was seen as Uncle John in the Western-theme motion pictured Mae West wrote with W.C. Fields.
• • In 1907, Willard Robertson made his Broadway debut in "The Builders"; he was seen a number of times in the legit before swinging over to the cinema.
• • From 1924 — 1948, the six-foot-one thespian was featured in 145 projects for the silver screen. Typically, a casting agent saw him as a man of authority; he portrayed police captains, detectives, wardens, managers, a Texas Ranger Captain, elected officials, military officers, physicians, and lawyers.
• • Willard Robertson died in Hollywood in the month of April — — on 5 April 1948. He was 62.
• • On Tuesday, 5 April 1927 • •
• • April was the cruelest month for Mae West in 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."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Oh, arithmetic... I was always pretty good at figures myself." [as Flower Belle Lee]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about beds in 1934 mentioned Mae West.
• • W. C. Fields wrote: Some day I shall contribute to literature my treatise on the subject of beds — — if I can get out of bed long enough. I consider myself an even greater authority than Groucho Marx, that author of note, who, in my opinion, bounced only lightly on the subject. Groucho wanted my advice at the time he wrote "Beds," but I was asleep.
• • W. C. Fields wrote: I have been approached by Mae West to consider collaborating. But I want my work to stand out individually. Besides Mae has the wrong slant on this thing. She says she does her best writing in bed. Well, I do my best loafing there, and consider that that is the primary purpose of a bed. . . .
• • Source: Article: "W. C. Fields Talks About His Grand Passion" in Film Daily; published on Monday, 23 July 1934
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2260th 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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