Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mae West: Silent with Rosen

Headlines on June 14th read:  "MAE WEST Cagey in Tiff With Lawyer."
• • This article was widely circulated. LOS ANGELES, CALIF. 14 June 1938 — When lawyer Joseph Rosen asked screen siren Mae West to "come up" and give a deposition explaining how much Paramount Studios paid her for screen rights to "Diamond Lil" and other questions prefacing the $1,000,000 suit playwright Mark Linder has filed against her, Mae simply had nothing to say. Lawyer Rosen raged and stormed and even threatened Miss West with contempt of court, but to no avail. She was silent on Linder's claims that on a 50-50 agreement with Mae, he is entitled to more than the $12,500 that he has already received from the screening of her first movie, "She Done Him Wrong." ... [This article was in newspapers on Tuesday, 14 June 1938.]
• • Jay Gorney [12 December 1896 — 14 June 1990] • •
• • Mae West rustled up a song in every motion picture — — but the numbers in "The Heat's On" [1943] are probably the least known. Portraying an actress Fay Lawrence, Mae opens the mish-mash musical singing “I’m Just a Stranger in Town.” The music was by Jay Gorney with lyrics by Henry Myers and Edward Eliscu. The same team produced "Hello, Mi Amigo," a number that was performed by Mae West and chorus in the show-within-the-film "Tropicana." 
• • Composer, songwriter ("Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?"), producer, author, and teacher Jay Gorney was born in Bialystok, Poland on 12 December 1896.  His Broadway scores include songs used in "The Greenwich Village Follies" [1924] and others. He began working in Astoria for Paramount Pictures. When he went to the West Coast, he worked with other studios on dozens of motion picture scores.
• • Jay Gorney died in New York, NY in the month of June — — on 14 June 1990.  He was 93.
• • Charles Butterworth [26 July 1899 — 14 June 1946] • •
• • Charles Butterworth was an actor specializing in comedy roles. Movie-goers remember him for a few peachy one-liners. For instance, in "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937] starring Mae West, Butterworth tells Charles Winninger, "You ought to get out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini."  His buddy Robert Benchley remembered this clever bit and reprised when he was in a 1942 movie.  In the film, Benchley says to Ginger Rogers, "Why don't you get out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?"
• • Charles Butterworth was killed in an automobile accident in Los Angeles in June 1946.  Unfortunately, he lost control of his car on Sunset Boulevard and crashed.  He was 46.
• • On Friday, 14 June 1991 in T.L.S. • •
• • An article "The invention of Mae West" written by Graham McCann was published in The Times Literary Supplement, No. 4602, issue dated for 14 June 1991.
• • On Sunday, 17 June 2012 • •
• • In Provincetown, Massachusetts on Sunday, June 17, Outer Cape Auctions will host their first Celebrity Memorabilia Auction to coincide with the Provincetown International Film Festival. Mae West memorabilia will be available as well as items owned by other movie stars. One collectible is a signed contract from 1951 and a color photograph of Mae's costume designer Edith Head.  Previews have already begun in P-Town.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don't cry for a man who's left you — — the next one may fall for your smile."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article by Roger Ebert discussed Mae West.
• • Roger Ebert wrote: HOLLYWOOD — A couple of months ago, Mae West sauntered into Arthur Knight's film class at USC, put her hand on her hip, took her time looking around the room, and finally said: "Hello, boys." It was a co-ed class. Somehow, in the context you understand why Mae West is still the most fascinating personality in Hollywood, and why everywhere you go they're telling Mae West stories again.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Stories" written by Roger Ebert for Chicago Sun-Times; published on 5 October 1969
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2331st 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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