Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mae West: Al Hill

"Night After Night" introduced MAE WEST to the silver screen in the role of Maudie Triplett. Al Hill was cast as Blainey.
• • Al Hill [14 July 1892 — 14 July 1954] • •
• • Born in New York City on 14 July 1892, Al Hill devoted himself to Tinseltown in 1927 at the age of 35.
• • Al Hill, Sr. was married to Broadway princess, heiress Rene Boucicault [1898 — 1935], who hailed from a distinguished theatrical clan. They had a daughter together, Arline Patricia.  Al also had a son Al Hill, Jr., who appeared in youth roles in seven films between 1936 — 1939.
• • The five-foot-eight character actor was featured in 333 productions for the cinema (such as "The Bank Dick"] and on TV between 1927 — 1954. His screen credits most often indicate that casting agents saw Hill as a guy with a gun in his hand or as the henchman, crook, hood, gangster, tough guy, convict, mug, bookie, bodyguard, poker player, gambler, barfly, bouncer, sailor, detective, or driver.
• • Al Hill, Sr. died in Los Angeles on 14 July 1954.  He was 62.
• • Lucien Prival [14 July 1901 — 3 June 1994] • •
• • One of the "Every Day's a Holiday" lovable losers and sneak-thief souls was Danny the Dip played by Lucien Prival, who was born on 14 July 1901.
• • Like Mae West, he was another native New Yorker who sailed forth into the choppy waters of a performing arts career. Beginning with featured roles on the big screen in 1926, when he was 25 years old, Lucien Prival was seen in 75 productions either made for the cinema or for the small screen. His final roles were both on TV series in 1953: as Nelson Vail on "Ramar of the Jungle" and also in "Your Favorite Story."
• • Lucien Prival died in Daly City, California on 3 June 1994. He was 92.
• • On Wednesday, 14 July 1920 • •
• • Sadly, on 14 July 1920, Mae West filed for a divorce from Guido Deiro [1886 — 1950], charging him with abandonment. She had moved back with her parents, who were living in Queens.
• • On Monday, 14 July 1997 in Newsweek • •  
• • In his book review on 14 July 1997, Ray Sawhill wrote this: In her zesty "Becoming Mae West" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Emily Wortis Leider points out that by the time she barreled into movies, West had 35 years of theater and vaudeville behind her. She liked prizefighters, cross-dressers and stealing credit from collaborators.   ...
• • On Wednesday, 14 July 1999 • • 
• • Paul Novak, Mae West's companion of 26 years (the acknowledged love of her life) died on Wednesday morning, 14 July 1999. He had married late in life and left a widow.
• • On Saturday, 14 July 2012 • •
• • Today International Autograph Auctions will conduct a sale at Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, United Kingdom. Offered will be a selection of photos autographed by Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, and Gloria Swanson.
• • Save the Date: Thursday, August 16th • •
• • Thursday, 16 August 2012 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the evening affair will start at 6:30 pm at 155 Mulberry Street.  This year Mae-mavens will enjoy an indoor event (ahhh, air conditioning), music written by Mae West's Italian husband will be played, and attendees will be seated.
• • At the Reception, Italian wine and light refreshments will be served. The ever-popular Mae West Raffle will offer rare prizes once again to a number of lucky attendees. The public is invited.
• • Mae West was born in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, 17 August 1893.
• • Closest MTA subway stations: Grand St. or Canal St.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It's the fairy princess, ya mug!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in The Mason City Globe Gazette mentioned Mae West.
• • Dorothy Roe, Associated Press Fashion Writer, explained from her desk in New York that the American bustline comes into its own again in the previews of fall fashions being staged this week for the nations press.   Mae West pockets are the device adopted by Pauline Trigere to accent Hollywood's favorite curves. Mae West pockets are distended pockets placed just above the bustline for added illusion ...
• • Source: Article: "Bustline Back to Its Own Say Stylists" written by Dorothy Roe for syndication; published on 12 July 1950
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2362nd 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:

Source: to Google

• • Photo:
• • Mae West castmate • 1932
• •
Feed — —
  Mae West.

No comments:

Post a Comment