Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mae West: Sam Ash

MAE WEST starred in "The Heat's On" [1943] — — and  Sam Ash was cast as Frank.
• • Sam Ash [28 August 1884 — 20 October 1951] • •
• • Born in Campbell County, Kentucky on 28 August 1884, Sam Ash had a varied career in theatre and in Tinseltown.
• • He appeared several times on Broadway, usually in musical comedies or revues, between 1915 — 1922.  He worked with J.J. Shubert, for instance, in "The Passing Show of 1922."
• • From 1929 — 1953, he appeared in 204 feature films occasionally in a singing role but mainly in bit parts.  His participation in "The I Don't Care Girl" [1953], a musical bio-pic about vaudeville sensation Eva Tanguay (played by Mitzi Gaynor), was his final film credit. Mae West paid very close attention to how wonderfully well Tanguay did in vaudeville..
• • Sam Ash died in Hollywood on Saturday, 20 October 1951.  He was 67.
• • Allan "Rocky" Lane [22 September 1909 — 27 October 1973] • •
• • By choice, Mae West did not do much TV work.  Her fans really enjoyed her star turn on "Mr. Ed" — — broadcast on 22 March 1964.
• • Born in Indiana, Allan "Rocky" Lane was a studio leading man and the star of many cowboy B-movies in the 1940s and 1950s. Lane appeared in more than 125 films and TV shows in a career lasting from 1929 to 1966. He also did the voice of the talking horse on the television series "Mr. Ed" from 1961 — 1966.
• • After "Mr. Ed" ended in 1966, Lane retired. In 1973, he was residing in Woodland Hills, California when he lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, 27 October 1973. He was 64.
• • On Saturday, 27 October 1934 • •
• • Picture-goer, Britain's publication for film fans, discussed the costumes designed for Mae West for her latest movie "Belle of the Nineties" in their issue dated for Saturday, 27 October 1934.
• • On Sunday, 27 October 1935 • •
• • Which actresses would be most popular in 1936?  The L.A. Times weighed in on the merits of Mae West, Katharine Hepburn, and Jean Harlow in an article printed on Sunday, 27 October 1935.
• • On Tuesday, 27 October 2009 • •
• • "Mae West Wrote Plays; Pity We Can Only Read Them" was the title of an intriguing book review written by Rick Whitaker.  It was published on Tuesday, 27 October 1997 in the peach-colored newspaper The New York Observer. The title under discussion was this: "Three Plays by Mae West: 'Sex,' 'The Drag' and 'The Pleasure Man'," edited by Lillian Schlissel [Routledge, 246 pages]. Excellent book.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Back in the 18th century, when everybody had long white hair, great ladies used to receive callers in the bedroom. It was considered class."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A news item mentioned Mae West.
• • Billboard's columnist Uno wrote: Pam Lawrence is in Mae West's "Diamond Lil" at the Plymouth, New York. ...
• • Source: Item: "General News" written by Uno for Billboard Magazine; published on Saturday, 22 October 1949 

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1 comment:

  1. R. Mark Desjardins2:19 PM

    Many film critics pan "The Heat's On," and the NYT's review stated "the heat is definitely off," In my opinion, that is not entirely the case. Mae West never looked more attractive than she did in that film. Newly slimmed down and with a current hairstyle that was very becoming, she glowed, and looked much younger that her age of 50.
    Her appearance in this film was more of a favor to the director, and her role could have been SO much more. In fact, one musical number, "The Lure" was cut because of the very suggestive costume she wore. Ironically, that photo is used to promote the film on the video package, and is often seen in various poses on eBay. I have often wondered if a print of that musical number survived. Close viewing of the film indicates where it would have been placed. Jazz pianist Hazel Scott's two musical numbers add to the fun.