Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mae West: Frederick Burton

MAE WEST starred in "Belle of the Nineties" [1934] and Frederick Burton was cast as Colonel Claybourne.  Unfortunately, his scenes were deleted.
• • Frederick Burton [20 October 1871 — 23 October 1957] • •
• • Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday, 20 October 1871, Frederick Burton pursued his passion to be a stage and light opera actor.  From 1904 — 1930, the versatile six-footer was seen on Broadway in two dozen plays. With few exceptions though, these were often short-lived (or troubled) productions.
• • From 1914 — 1947, Frederick Burton was seen in 124 feature films, often as a judge or in other authority roles.  He played a Creole gent in "The Foxes of Harrow" [1947], and then retired from the cinema at the age of 76.   
• • Frederick Burton was born and died in October.  He left Los Angeles for good on Wednesday, 23 October 1957.  He was 86.
• • In October, Popular Song Hits Magazine featured Mae West on the cover of issue number 6 dated for Saturday, 20 October 1934, wearing her character Ruby Carter's costume from "Belle of the Nineties" tinted red by the Pop Songs art department.
• • Eugene V. Debs [5 November 1855 — 20 October 1926] • •
• • A confirmed leftie, Mae West wrote fervent letters of support on behalf of the socialist Eugene V. Debs.  Debs went to prison on 13 April 1919. On 23 December 1921, President Warren Harding commuted Debs' sentence to time served, though he did not issue a pardon.
• • In the book "Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent" by Ernest Freeberg [Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 380 pages] you can read more about the letters Mae West wrote on behalf of the union leader during the World War I era, years before she went to Hollywood.
• • During the autumn of 1926, Eugene Debs was admitted to Lindlahr Sanitarium in Elmhurst, Illinois. He died there of heart failure on 20 October 1926.  He was 70.
• • On Friday, 20 October 1933 • •
• • The Wyoming readers of the Natrona County daily newspaper saw a startling image — — on the movies page — — in the Friday, 20 October 1933 issue of the Tribune-Herald. Mae West was inviting the public to "come up and see me."
• • Printed on page 4 was the movie star Mae West, cupping her hands under her breasts in a motion picture advertisement for Paramount Pictures.  Hubba-hubba!
• • On Saturday, 20 October 1934 in Popular Song Hits • •
• • Popular Song Hits Magazine featured Mae West on the cover of issue number 6 dated for Saturday, 20 October 1934. What a spectacular gown on Mae adorning the black and white front page. Weekend whoopee.
• • On Monday, 20 October 1947 • •
• • It was on Monday, 20 October 1947 that Mae West was photographed at Euston Station en route to Manchester to present "Diamond Lil" onstage. Some of her elaborate stage gowns were trimmed with Battenberg lace.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I cut down on physical sex when I'm writing or plotting a play."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a flight attendant discussed Mae West.
• • Rick Kogan wrote: She then did dead-on impressions of Cher and Mae West.   "Excuse my language," she said, as Mae West. "But I can't wait until we get this thing up . . . off the ground."
• • Rick Kogan wrote:The flight attendant's name was Cissy Conner. Chicago Tribune theater critic Richard Christiansen was on the flight and commented that he thought the woman talented enough to be a professional actress.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Hepburn Impersonator Serves Coffee, Tea Or Me" written by Rick Kogan for the Chicago Tribune; published on Tuesday, 9 November 1993
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2463rd 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: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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