Monday, July 16, 2012

Mae West: Heinie Conklin

When MAE WEST was filming "She Done Him Wrong," she worked with two men linked to the same date: July 16th.  Eben E. Rexford was tied to a old-fashioned song used in Gus Jordan's saloon and Heinie Conklin was seen during the first few minutes of footage.
• • Born in San Francisco as Charles John Conklin on 16 July 1886, he began his cinema sojourn during the silent screen era in 1914 and a year later he was at Keystone working in Mack Sennett comedies. Between 1914 — 1959, the five-foot-six character actor was seen in 460 motion pictures, almost always as an extra in one scene. His trademark was a long, wispy Chinese-style moustache, curled at the ends.  In "She Done Him Wrong," Heinie Conklin was cast as a street cleaner.
• • Born in the month of July in California, Heinie Conklin died in Hollywood on 30 July 1959, still active on the screen to the very end. He was 73.
• • Eben E. Rexford [16 July 1848 — 18 October 1916] • •
• • Fred Santley sang several numbers in Gus Jordan's saloon including "Silver Threads Among the Gold" [1873].  The music was by H.P. Danks and the lyrics were by Eben E. Rexford.
• • Eben E. Rexford was born in Johnsburgh, New York on 16 July 1848.
• • Rexford died in Green Bay, Wisconsin on 18 October 1916.  He was 68. He would be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
• • Edward Earle [16 July 1882 — 15 December 1972] • •
• • Born on 16 July 1882 in Toronto, Canada, Edward Earle was active in vaudeville and on the stage where he was cast in musical comedies. His theatrical work paved the road to Hollywood and the slim six-footer was seen in close to 400 motion pictures from 1914 — 1956.
• • "The Heat's On" [released in the USA on 2 December 1943] was a 79-minute musical comedy starring Mae West as Fay Lawrence. Edward Earle was cast as one of Fay Lawrence's writers.
• • Edward Earle died in Woodland Hills, California on 15 December 1972. He was 90 years old.
• • On Wednesday, 16 July 1952 in Groton, Connecticut • •
• • On Wednesday, 16 July 1952 Mae West traveled to the Groton submarine base to participate in the "debut" of the scarlet red life jackets dubbed "Mae Wests" [a flotation device]. The new color was designed to be visible from greater distances; a cord attached to the jackets, when pulled, caused them to immediately inflate, getting a nod of approval as their namesake stood by for the demonstration. . . .
• • Source: The Day, New London, CT;  published Saturday, 16 July 2005.
• • 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: "I'd rather be looked over than overlooked."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a politician from Brooklyn mentioned Mae West.
• • Richard Rovere wrote: Peter J. McGuinness says he has seen very little he has really enjoyed since Marie Dressler died. Among the exceptions are Mae West movies. Mae West, he says, is a Greenpoint girl. McGuinness knew her father, a local club fighter. Mrs. McGuinness says she is not among Mae West's greatest admirers, but she goes anyway to honor local talent. "I guess she does that wiggling just to be comical," she said in one of her rare interviews with the press not long ago. "It's the way Peter says there's worse things than that."  ...
• • Source: Book: "The American Establishment and Other Reports, Opinions, and Speculations" written by Richard H. Rovere [NY: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1962] 
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2364th 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 • 1932
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