Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Mae West: Heinz Roemheld

Many composers worked to create the songs and lyrical motifs heard in MAE WEST's motion pictures. Heinz Roemheld wrote original music for "I'm No Angel" and "Klondike Annie," though he did not receive screen credit.
• • Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in May — — on 1 May 1901 — — Heinz Roemheld mastered the piano by age 4.  As a youth he performed in vaudeville theatres. 
• • The 24-year-old was noticed by Carl Laemmle in 1925 as he waved his baton to lead the orchestra during the Milwaukee Alhambra Theatre's screening of "The Phantom of the Opera."  During his varied career, he wrote all sorts of pieces that would be used in more than 400 motion pictures.  The five-foot-eight musician worked at Warner Brothers (1938 — 1945), United Artists (1946 — 1948), and Columbia (1949 — 1950), followed by freelance assignments. In 1948 he joined ASCAP.
• • The composer died from pneumonia in Huntington Beach, California on 11 February 1985.  Heinz Roemheld was 83.
• • On Friday, 1 May 1936 in Hollywood • •
• • It was on Friday, 1 May 1936, that Claude Shull, San Francisco Motion Picture Council, wrote to Paramount Pictures and sent  a copy of his dissatisfaction to Mae West.
• • Shull explained his viewpoint: "Any picture that presents its heroine as a mistress to an Oriental, then as a murderess, then as a cheap imitator of a missionary — — jazzing up religion — — is not in harmony with the other educational forces of our social set-up. And these elements are particularly objectionable when they are interspersed with smutty wise-cracks." Uh-oh.
• • On Tuesday, 1 May 1956 • •
• • "Mae West Says Every Man Has Sex Appeal," trumpeted the headlines around the country in Tuesday newspapers on 1 May 1956.
• • At the time, the Brooklyn bombshell was touring New York City's night clubs and hitting other venues with her muscleman act, and the press obliged by pumping out interviews.
• • Commenting that sometimes men who are not good-looking are even sexier than Clark Gable, Mae said, "Mr. Eisenhower's a leader, and a leader has drive and decision and power, and that makes a man a man."
• • "Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver have got it, too," Mae said.
• • The actress added that she is "strictly nonpartisan" in her views on the male species.
• • On Thursday, 1 May 1997 in Interview Magazine • •
• • In their issue dated for Thursday, 1 May 1997 Interview Magazine saluted Mae West. This May-timed issue focused on a new biography that had made a splash – – penned by the California poet Emily Wortis Leider. A highly recommended biography this is.
• • Who said it best? • •
• • Mae West said: "It's not the men in my life — — it's the life in my men."
• • Adlai Ewing Stevenson II [1900 — 1965] said: To my way of thinking, it is not the years in your life but the life in your years that count in the long run. [Address at Princeton University, on 22 March 1954.]
• • Mae West Trivia • •
• • Hartford, Connecticut — In 1938 about 30,000 people crowded the streets to get a glimpse of movie star Mae West when she appeared in the city to promote safe driving.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It's all in fun."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on safe driving mentioned Mae West.
• • The Pittsburgh Post Gazette stated:  Mae West, soon to be seen in Paramount's "Go West Young Man," today has added her name to the list of American citizens actively participating in the campaign for safe driving.  Miss West received an honorary card as a member of the Safety Club of Tampa, Florida from W.B. Bell . . . .
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Becomes Safety Campaigner" written for The Pittsburgh Post Gazette; published on 15 November 1936 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2287th 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.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
Source:http://maewest.blogspot.com/atom.xmlAdd to Google

• • Photo:
• • Mae West •  1933 • •
• •
Feed — — http://feeds2.feedburner.com/MaeWest
Mae West.

1 comment:

  1. Today, May 1st is recognized around the world as the day workers unite and their labor recognized. Your work bringing to life Mae West on a daily basis is a labor of love and is greatly appreciated. One British author wrote a few decades back, "This is the eighties, Mae West is Dead!" To quote the Seattle based play title of a few years back, "The Sun Never Sets On Mae West," and for good reason. Mae brings a smile to all how encounter her sage wisdom and sense of fun , which is needed in this hostile world more than ever! Thank you for your dedication and hard work in keeping the spirt and essence of Mae West alive!