Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Mae West: Colin Kenny

MAE WEST starred in "The Heat's On" [1943] and Colin Kenny was seen briefly as a night club patron.
• • Colin Kenny [4 December 1888 — 2 December 1968] • •

• • Born in Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday, 4 December 1888, the child's name was Oswald Joseph Collins.  He trained for the stage, then came to the USA in 1917 at the age of 29. During the silent screen era, Tarzan gained in popularity and Colin was cast in one of these jungle adventure pics and its sequel. Supporting roles came his way easily until the talkies gained currency with audiences.
• • Kenny was hired for an uncredited part in "Alice in Wonderland" [1933], a big budget opus by Paramount featuring Cary Grant as the Mock Turtle, W.C. Fields as Humpty-Dumpty, Alison Skipworth as the Duchess, Roscoe Karns as Tweedledee, and Jackie Searl as the Dormouse — — all of whom would work with Mae West.
• • Occasionally, a casting agent in need of British ex-pats would give Colin Kerry something interesting. But it was mostly bit parts that paid the rent, even though he could claim 238 credits for his screen and TV work on "Perry Mason" and "The Andy Griffith Show."  When he played a pub customer in "Munster, Go Home!" [1966], he was 78 years old.     
• • Active to the end, Colin Kenny died in Los Angeles in early December — — on Monday, 2 December 1968. He was 79.                   
• • Archie Mayo [29 January 1891 — 4 December 1968] • •
• • Born in New York City on 29 January 1891, Archie Mayo was a stage actor who relocated to the West Coast in 1915 and soon began devoting himself to directing.
• • Mayo directed the speakeasy motion picture "Night After Night" [1932] — — a George Raft vehicle that did more for Mae's career than for the street tough thespian best known for "Scarface."
• • Mayo retired in 1946 — — shortly after completing "A Night in Casablanca" with the Marx Brothers and "Angel on My Shoulder" with Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, and Claude Rains.
• • Archie Mayo died in Guadalajara, Mexico in the month of December — — on Wednesday, 4 December 1968. He was 77. Mayo has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
• • On Sunday, 4 December 1932 • • 
• • It's more than amusing that Billy Sunday chose a Sunday to pay a visit to Mae West with his wife. On 4 December 1932, Mr. and Mrs. Sunday took photographs on the set of "She Done Him Wrong." Billy is pretending to smash the set's saloon in some candids. Too funny.
• • On Monday, 4 December 1933 • • 
• • Motion Picture Herald ran an article on Mae West, who had been robbed, in the issue dated for Monday, 4 December 1933.
• • On Monday, 4 December 1978 • •
• • Hollywood icon Mae West, still surrounded by young and handsome men and gorgeous bodybuilders, piqued the interest of the editors of People Magazine. They did a piece on "Sextette" in the issue dated for Monday, 4 December 1978.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm going to change my tempo and work very, very fast. This picture needs a big lift to pick up the speed and wake an audience up."
• • Mae West said: "I believe in the Single Standard for men and women."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Film Daily mentioned Archie Mayo and Mae West.
• • The West Coast Bureau wrote: "Hollywood — Archie Mayo, Warner director, has been assigned by Paramount to direct George Raft, Nancy Carroll, Mae West, Alison Skipworth and Wynne Gibson in "Night After Night," starting late this month. ...
• • Source: Item: "Archie Mayo at Paramount" written by West Coast Bureau of The Film Daily; published on Tuesday, 12 July 1932 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2505th 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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