Friday, October 19, 2012

Mae West: Sam Flint

MAE WEST starred in "Belle of the Nineties" [1934] and Sam Flint was seen as the fire chief. The motion picture had been titled "It Ain't No Sin" and other titles before being renamed..
• • Sam Flint [19 October 1882 — 17 October 1980] • •
• • When he poked his tiny head into the world in Gwinnett County, Georgia, his parents called him Samuel A. Ethridge.  That was back on Thursday, 19 October 1882.
• • From 1933 — 1968, Sam Flint was seen in over 350 productions for the silver screen and for TV.  In demand for 35 years, the busy bit parts player was last seen on TV in the series "Iron Horse" in 1967 when he was 85 years old. His farewell to the big screen was in the film "Head" [1968] when the 86-year-old played an old man. Type-casting.
• • Tireless Sam Flint died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California on Friday, 17 October 1980. The veteran actor was 97. 
• • William Mollison [24 December 1893 — 19 October 1955] • •
• • Born in London on Christmas Eve, on 24 December 1893, James William Mollison was onstage in several plays by Shakespeare and others beginning in his teens.
• • In January 1948 when Mae West launched her United Kingdom tour of "Diamond Lil" at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London town, Mollison was brought on board as the director.
• • William Mollison died in London, England on Wednesday, 19 October 1955.
• • On Thursday, 19 October 1899 • •
• • Mae West was a little slip of a girl when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published their edition on Thursday, 19 October 1899. This paper reported a local crime: beautiful Frankie Baker, a 27-year-old mulatto prostitute [residing at 212 Targee Street, St. Louis, Missouri], who kept an expensively decked-out 17-year-old mack, stabbed him on October 15th.
• • The stabbing and the trial inspired the folksong "Frankie and Johnny."
• • In 1928 — 1929, Mae West sang "Frankie and Johnny" on Broadway in her melodrama "Diamond Lil," giving the song a glamour glow, enhancing its prominence.
• • On Saturday, 19 October 1935 • •
• • Joe Breen and John Hammel exchanged yet another letter about Mae West's latest controversial project "Klondike Annie" on Saturday, 19 October 1935.
• • On Sunday, 19 October 1969 • •
• • In their weekly weekend insert dated for Sunday, 19 October 1969, Parade Magazine printed an article on Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I won't drink Los Angeles water — — it's terrible.  I only drink bottled water."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about "Geek obsession" discussed Mae West.
• • Phil Dyess-Nugent wrote:  Of all the great comedy stars of 1930s Hollywood, Mae West may be the one whose enduring image is most cut loose from its context. Thanks to countless animated cartoons and drag impersonators, everyone has some idea of how Mae West talked and moved, and most people probably have some idea of her as a sexy lady whose every utterance was drenched in innuendo. By the time of her death, the number of professional Mae West imitations far outnumbered the number of actual, recorded Mae West performances, especially those from her prime.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Where to start with film icon Mae West" written by Phil Dyess-Nugent for A.V. Club; published on 6 September 2012 
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2462nd 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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