Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mae West: Tom De Graffenreid

MAE WEST starred in "Come On Up" and Thomas De Graffenreid was in the cast in October 1946 when the comedy was staged in Philadelphia at the Walnut Street Theatre and elsewhere. 
• • The play was directed by Russell Fillmore and produced by the Shuberts. Their booking in Philly was part of a national tour that continued into 1947. 
• • Carliss Dale • •
• • Mae was seen in the starring role of Carliss Dale in the stage play "Come On Up (Ring Twice)," when it toured during 1946 1947 in California, Pennsylvania, in Rochester, NY, and elsewhere. This comedy had been written by Miles Mander [14 May 1888 — 8 February 1946], Fred Schiller, and Thomas Dunphy. She also let Herbert Kenwith direct her in this play in June 1952 in Princeton, New Jersey.
• • Tom De Graffenreid [14 November 1892 — 22 February 1985] • •
• • Born in Looney, Missouri in November — — on Monday, 14 November 1892 — — Thomas De Graffenreid was trained for the stage. During the 1950s, he guest-starred on television a few times. De Graffenreid was also seen in two motion pictures; he played a doctor in "Tight Spot" [1955] and Corbett in "Storm Center" [1956].
• • Tom De Graffenreid died in Ventura, California on 22 February 1985. He was 92.
• • Richard Kyle Fox  [12 August 1846 — 14 November 1922] • •
• • Richard Kyle Fox, the editor and proprietor of the original Police Gazette during its heyday, was the publication's beloved paternalistic leader. Born in Ireland on 12 August 1846, Richard Fox seemed to possess all the right instincts for lurid self-promotion.
• • The weekly journal National Police Gazette was known for its sensationalism, risqué pictures of showgirls, the glorification of male strength, and the sponsorship of boxing bouts and other sports. He put so much of his personal stamp on everything surrounding the publication that the names Richard K. Fox and National Police Gazette were nearly synonymous.
• • There is a scene in "Diamond Lil" and also in "She Done Him Wrong" that shows Mae West's character lounging in bed with an issue of the National Police Gazette. Shortly after the release of the 1933 motion picture, Mae was, in fact, featured on the publication's front page. Though her photo was used only once on page 1, articles about the Empress of Sex continued to be cover lines throughout the years.
• • Richard Kyle Fox was the ringmaster of this pink-paged circus from 1877 until his death on Tuesday, 14 November 1922.
• • On Monday, 14 November 1932 • •
• • Deliberately courting the disdain and despisal of Joe Breen, William LeBaron and Emanuel Cohen were daring enough to try to rush a script into production by Monday, 14 November 1932.  "Ruby Red" was written by Mae West (assisted by John Bright). The Hays Office suspected a mutiny, however.
• • On Saturday, 14 November 1936 • •
• • Trade paper Motion Picture Herald reviewed the Mae West movie "Go West Young Man" in their issue dated for Saturday, 14 November 1936. Among their unkind remarks was this punch: "Incidentally, the fight with obesity seems to be getting her down." Ouch.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Me, I have a genuine sex personality."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article published in November 1954 interviewed Mae West.
• • The NY correspondent wrote: Long ago the "it" girl of the silent screen, Clara Bow, and later Jean Harlow seriously challenged Mae West for the "queen of sex" title, but Mae won through. ...
• • Source: Article: "At 62, Mae West Now Brings Women Flocking To Learn From The Girl With IT" for The Sun-Herald (Sydney, NSW); published on Sunday, 7 November 1954 
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2485th 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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