Sunday, July 01, 2012

Mae West: Delmar Watson

MAE WEST worked with several child actors in "My Little Chickadee" but few of them had a background as interesting as Delmar Watson (cast as "Boy").
• • Born in Los Angeles in July — — on 1 July 1926 — — David Delmar Watson was the son of stuntman, actor, and pioneer special effects artist J. Coy Watson, Sr. But perhaps the most difficult stunt J.C. ever pulled off was to bring six sons and three daughters into the world and stream each one straight into the screen trade and a paycheck.
• • Delmar Watson was seen in 72 feature films between 1928 — 1947.  He made his silver screen debut in "Taxi 13" [1928] when he was two years old.  He was instructed to bawl in a few movies (occasionally off-screen). This was a Watson family specialty: crying on cue. Delmar's younger brother "Bobs" [1930 — 1999], an expert at weeping and shedding tears profusely, was nicknamed "The Crybaby of Hollywood." 
• • When he was in his twenties, Delmar became a news photographer. He was present with a few siblings when "The First Family of Hollywood" received a star on the Walk of Fame.
• • Delmar Watson, who carried his brothers' trait for prostate cancer, died of it in Glendale, California on 26 October 2008.  He was 82.
• • On Saturday, 1 July 1933 • •
• • A Mickey Mouse cartoon, "Mickey's Gala Premiere," was released on Saturday, 1 July 1933. Mae West is one of the celebrities who makes an appearance.
• • On Sunday, 1 July 1934 • • 
• • Supposedly, on Sunday, 1 July 1934, the censorship of the Production Code began to be seriously and meticulously enforced.  Mae West suddenly found her screenplays heavily edited.
• • On Tuesday, 1 July 2003 • •
• • It was on 1 July 2003 that Camille Paglia's fascinating article was published in Interview Magazine. Her title was "Where's Mae West When We Need Her?" and Paglia discussed why movies must restore the "H" factor — — the humor and the humanness.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "He who hesitates is a damned fool."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A news item about books by entertainers mentioned Mae West.
• • World Features Syndicate wrote:  Many show business careers result in kiss-and-tell autobiographies, whose scandalous revelations sell lots of copies. Actors' novels tend not to do as well. How many of these novels have you heard of, let alone read?
1. "Pleasure Man" by Mae West
2. "Paradise Alley" by Sylvester Stallone
3. "Kid Andrew Cody and Julie Sparrow" by Tony Curtis ...
• • Source: News Item: "Many show business careers result in" written by World Features Syndicate and printed in Chicago Tribune; published on 23 May 1990
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2349th 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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• • Mae West • 1940
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