Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mae West: Georgie Billings

MAE WEST starred in "My Little Chickadee" [1940] and Georgie Billings was seen as one of the boys.
• • Georgie Billings [3 March 1924 — 13 November 2009] • •
• • Born in the USA on 3 March 1924, Georgie Billings was five years old when he was cast as Davey Compton in the romantic drama "Woman to Woman" [1929]. During his youth, he was in demand and accorded a number of supporting roles. However, his star in Hollywood did not rise as he matured. 
• • From 1929 — 1950, he was in 64 feature films. George Billings found himself mostly doing uncredited bits as the page boy, the Marine, or the kid in the railroad car in "The Old-Fashioned Way" [1934] starring W.C. Fields (who perhaps tapped him for "My Little Chickadee").
• • George Billings died in Los Angeles on Friday, 13 November 2009. He was 85.
• • John Carradine [5 February 1906 — 27 November 1988] • •
• • Native New Yorker John Carradine was born on 5 February 1906 as Richmond Reed Carradine. He was the son of an artist-reporter and a surgeon.
• • Raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, he attended art school and tried his hand at sculpture and portraiture. After making his stage debut in 1925, the six-foot-one beanpole moved on to cinema. Typecast during his mature years as a durable low-budget horror lead, it's hard to imagine him playing to the balcony in great Shakespearean dramas, as he once did.
• • In "Myra Breckinridge" [1970] John Carradine played the surgeon.  In the cinema version of Gore Vidal's novel, which starred Mae West, the off-beat narrative begins as Myron Breckinridge [Rex Reed] is waiting for his sex-change operation while a stoned physician stumbles into the operating room — — veteran character actor John Carradine — — and advises him not to have the procedure.  Makes you wonder how his agent got the grizzled 64-year-old pinned to the part.
• • John Carradine died in Milan, Italy on Sunday, 27 November 1988. He was 82.
• • On Sunday, 27 November 1932 in Hollywood • •
• • Jon Tuska, writing about "She Done Him Wrong," notes that production commenced on Sunday, 27 November 1932, and concluded in December of that year. Fast work!
• • On Friday, 27 November 1936 in Princeton, NJ • •
• • The Daily Princetonian Special Bulletin announced (on page 2) on Friday, 27 November 1936 that a local moviehouse, the Arcade Theatre was showing "today and  tomorrow Mae West in 'Go West Young Man' with Warren William, Alice Brady, Randolph Scott, Lyle Talbot" and the show times.
• • On Tuesday, 27 November 2007 • •
• • Released by the U.K. publisher St. Martin's Griffin on Tuesday, 27 November 2007 was "Mae West: It Ain't No Sin" by the biographer Simon Louvish. The paperback edition had 491 pages.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "You've got to keep everything under control."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on over-priced real estate mentioned Mae West.
• • A publicist wrote: This trophy estate was built in 1926 when Harry Cohn had just recently founded industry powerhouse Columbia Pictures.  Mr. Cohn brought in leading ladies and men ranging from Clark Gable to Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Rita Hayworth, Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, and Joan Crawford to star in his films.  . . .
• • Publicity release dated on Thursday, 15 November 2012
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2498th 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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