Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mae West: Isabel Jewell

MAE WEST starred in "Go West Young Man" [1936] and Isabel Jewell was seen as Gladys.
• • Born in Shoshone, Wyoming in July — — on 19 July 1907 — — Isabel Jewell was raised on a ranch, where she honed her equestrian skills. She acquired theatrical experience, too, and when she appeared on Broadway in the play "Blessed Event" [February 1932 — May 1932], the critics raved about her vivid portrayal of Dorothy Lane. This hullaboo brought her to the attention of Warner Brothers. But when they cast her in their cinema version of "Blessed Event" [1932], alas, it seems the male stars stole the spotlight.
• • When it comes to a pretty newcomer, Hollywood has all the sand traps in place that will sink a good shot at success.  Isabel was often typecast, shoe-horned into those parts that call for poor white trash: the gum-chewing moll, fallen woman, low-level dollface, street-walker.  Another unavoidable problem was her height; the comely blonde was four-foot-eleven. Since finding a suitable leading man was difficult, the studio put her in supporting roles. During her tenure in Tinseltown from 1932 — 1972, she appeared in 69 feature films. Fortunately, Isabel Jewell portrayed the outlaw Belle Starr in two movies, putting her horsemanship and gun-slinging moxie to good use.
• • After guest-starring in a dozen TV series, she returned to the big screen to play the mother of Edie Sedgwick's doomed drug addict character in "Ciao, Manhattan" [1972]. The horror movie "Sweet Kill" was her last.
• • Isabel Jewell died in Hollywood on 5 April 1972. She was 64.
• • William Augustin [3 June 1891 — 19 July 1934] • •
• • Mae West wrote "Pleasure Man," a short-lived show that the police closed down in 1928.  One cast member was William Augustin who took the part of Steve McAllister.
• • Born in South Boston, Massachusetts on 3 June 1891, William Augustin Flaherty felt he had the flair for the stage. After serving in World War I, he performed in stock companies and thrice on Broadway.
• • He had a minor role in Eugene O'Neill's moody waterfront drama "Anna Christie," which was staged at the Vanderbilt Theatre [November 1921 — April 1922], won a Pulitzer, and inspired Mae's character Margy LaMont, a prostitute determined not to suffer. Augustin played a baron in "He Understood Women" [August 1928 — September 1928], and then immediately began rehearsals for "Pleasure Man."
• • Between 1933 — 1934, William Augustin was cast in feature films as a detective, traffic cop, warden, butler, and coroner. His career ended abruptly with a deadly car crash in Richmond, Indiana.  He had been driving east to visit his family with his sister (who was injured but survived).  William Augustin died on 19 July 1934.  He was 43.  So sad.
• • On Monday, 19 July 1937 in Time Magazine • •
• • The headline was "Mr. Mae West" when Time Magazine ran with this embarrassing exposure (in their issue dated for 19 July 1937) — — Last week in Superior Court in Los Angeles it was as obvious as Mae West's best curves that Mr. Mae West had taken her advice. Even her most devoted fans chortled when they read that her now-admitted hoofer husband's real name is not Wallace but Willities or Szatkus and that the Szatkus family always knew her as Mamie. "Mrs. Mamie Szatkus" was scarcely box-office for glamorous Mae West.  ... [Where's my air-bag? I feel a szatkus coming on!]
• • On Thursday, 19 July 1956 in Maine • •  
• • Fred E. Crockett, 96, who died on 25 April 2008 asked Mae West to come up sometime to Camden, Maine. And Mae arrived on Thursday, 19 July 1956.
• • 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: "As a rule I have most actors around me work faster than I do; they keep the pace while I take my liberties in my timing."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about "Sextette" (the 1961 stage play) mentioned Mae West.
• • After her leading man Alan Marshal died in Chicago, Mae tried to replace him with Tom Conway, who was no longer working regularly.  He auditioned but declined.
• • "Sextette" moved to Detroit first, had an engagement in Ohio, then was staged in Miami Beach. After that Mae closed it.
• • Always unkind, Variety wrote: "The Edgewater was unable to sell a single theatre party for the show, and it goes down as the silo's biggest box office flop to date."    ...
• • Source: Article: "Sextette" written by Variety; published on 19 July 1961
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2367th 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 • 1936
• •
Feed — —
  Mae West.

No comments:

Post a Comment