Friday, October 05, 2012

Mae West: Gladys Gale

MAE WEST starred in "Klondike Annie" [1936] and Gladys Gale was seen as one of the dance hall girls.
• • Gladys Gale [15 January 1891 — 4 October 1948] • •
• • Gladys Lanphere was born in Monmouth, Illinois on 15 January 1891.  By 1931, when she was 40 years old, she turned up in Tinseltown perhaps trailing a long resume, which is now, alas, lost to history.  Under the movie monicker "Gladys Gale," from 1931 — 1946, she took part in 46 motion pictures scoring some supporting roles as well as bit parts.  Gale's photo is here; see if you can pick her out as one of the dance hall girls in "Klondike Annie," a role she accepted when she was 45.
• • Hollywood attracts so many of these comely creatures, keeping these cuties like cans on a shelf until they become over-ripe and explode.  Gladys Gale, with her stylish looks and a versatile background of physical training, was cast as a socialite, committee member, chorine, secretary, tourist, party hostess, mother, bingo player, nurse, judge, and "elastic woman."
• • Gladys Gale died in Los Angeles on Monday, 4 October 1948.  She was 57.
• • On Saturday, 5 October 1918 • •
• • Mae West received top billing in the review of "Sometime" by The New York Times, which was first published on Saturday, 5 October 1918.
• • On Friday, 5 October 1928 in Cornell Daily Sun • •
• • "Mae West Show Closed by Police; 57 Indicted" • •
• • New York, October 4 — The 56 members of the cast of "Pleasure Man" and Mae West its author, were indicted today by the Grand Jury ... under the penal code relating to indecent theatrical productions and will be arraigned in general sessions tomorrow.
• • The accused were taken to the West Side court after the indictments had been handed down but the hearing was adjourned at the request of District Attorney Banton.
• • Source: Article in Cornell Daily Sun, Issue 11, on Friday, 5 October 1928.
• • On Friday, 5 October 1934 in Catskill Mountain News • •
• • On Friday, 5 October 1934 "Belle of the Nineties" starring Mae West" was onscreen (on that date only) in the Galli-Curci Theatre, named for the great Italian opera soprano.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Of course, I had to have experiences to understand life.  I had to know all about life to give people what they wanted on the stage."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article by Roger Ebert discussed Mae West.
• • Roger Ebert wrote: Hollywood — A couple of months ago, Mae West sauntered into Arthur Knight's film class at USC, put her hand on her hip, took her time looking around the room, and finally said: "Hello, boys." It was a co-ed class. Somehow, in the context you understand why Mae West is still the most fascinating personality in Hollywood, and why everywhere you go they're telling Mae West stories again.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Stories" written by Roger Ebert for Chicago Sun-Times; published on Sunday, 5 October 1969
By the Numbers • •
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• • Mae West • "Klondike Annie" actress in 1932
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