Monday, October 08, 2012

Mae West: Huntley Gordon

MAE WEST starred in "Klondike Annie" [1936] with a large international cast, which included Huntley Gordon.
• • Huntley Gordon [8 October 1887 — 7 December 1956] • •
• • Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 8 October 1887, Huntley Gordon came into the world and had a brisk career in finance before he decided he'd rather entertain.  Shortly before World War I, he joined stock companies, and then was cast in a Broadway play in 1914. Handsome and well-liked, Huntley Gordon developed friendships with New York City stage folk who introduced him to the bosses at Vitagraph.
• • By 1916, the trim six-footer was playing leading and supporting roles in silent movies, cast with fellows who would be seen opposite Mae West a decade later — — such as Conway Tearle and William B. Davidson.  From 1916 — 1941, the Canadian actor participated in 132 feature films, though his parts gradually became more modest.  By the time Huntley Gordon was seen in "Klondike Annie" [1936] opposite Mae West, he was there doing an uncredited bit as Clinton Reynolds. In contrast, Conway Tearle was seen in the same motion picture as Vance Palmer, a co-starring role.
• • A heart attack at his residence in Van Nuys, California turned the lights out on 7 December 1956.  He was 69.
• • Happy Birthday, Rona Barrett • •
• • Rona Barrett, a gossip columnist and friend of Mae's, was born on Thursday, 8 October 1936.  Hope it's a beautiful day for you, Miss Rona.
• • On Thursday, 8 October 1931 • •
• • A review of "The Constant Sinner" appeared in the Herald Tribune.  "West's New Play" ran in the newspaper on Thursday, 8 October 1931.
• • On Tuesday, 8 October 1935 in The Los Angeles Examiner • •
• • "Mae West Guarded after Threat" ran on the front cover of The Los Angeles Examiner  on Tuesday, 8 October 1935. Detective Harry Dean, beautifully gowned, was standing next to Mae West.  Also shown was part of the extortionist's note.  A cafeteria worker had targeted several movie idols from major studios as well as Mae, as it turned out.
• • On Friday, 8 October 1948 • •
• • The "Catherine Was Great" plagiarism trial lasted seven weeks in Los Angeles, from 24 August 1948 until Friday, 8 October 1948 and the proceedings resulted in a hung jury, 7 5 in Mae's favor, insufficient for either side to initiate a victory lap. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Like many people, they treated me like a bank."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Motion Picture quoted Mae West.
• • Eric Ergenbright wrote: Mae defines sex appeal as "the radiation of an attractive personality." ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Answers Your Questions" in Motion Picture; published in August 1933
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2451st 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 • 1936
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