Monday, December 03, 2012

Mae West: Ferdinand Munier

MAE WEST starred in "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937] and Ferdinand Munier was one cast member shown as a party guest. 
• • Ferdinand Munier [3 December 1887 — 27 May 1945] • •
• • Born in  National City, California on Saturday, 3 December 1887, Ferdinand Munier launched his cinema sojourn during the silent era.  From 1918 — 1945, he was in 109 feature films. After an auspicious start portraying authority figures (such as senators, presidents, ambassadors) in supporting roles, gradually Ferdinand Munier found himself mostly doing uncredited bits.
• • Casting agents selected Munier when they needed a fat fellow with seniority or a Santa Claus type; Munier gave it his best as a white-bearded party guest, colonel, major, general, congressman, judge, defense attorney, banker, baron, burgomaster, innkeeper, minister, rich man, proprietor, and Kris Kringle.
• • Munier worked right up to the end. For his filmland farewell he played Santa in "Road to Utopia" [1946] opposite Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Mae's very good friend Jack LaRue, who was cast as LeBec.  
• • Ferdinand Munier died in Hollywood on 27 May 1945. He was 57.
• • Monte Collins, Jr. [3 December 1898 — 1 June 1951] • •
• • Born in Mae's hometown, New York City on Saturday, 3 December 1898, Monte Collins, Jr. was the son of Monte Collins, Sr. [1856 — 1929], a durable silent screen actor.
• • Throughout the 1930s, the skilled comedian appeared in secondary roles (businessmen, butlers, soldiers, salesmen, etc.) in both feature films as well as short subjects. He is seen briefly as a sailor in one of the circus scenes in "I'm No Angel" [1933].  He appeared in 167 films between 1920 — 1948. Also a screenwriter, he penned original scripts or contributed gags to motion pictures between 1930 — 1951.
• • In his early 50s, the five-foot-ten performer altered the spelling of his first name to "Monty" as he was about to launch his TV career when, unfortunately, he suffered a fatal heart attack in 1951 in North Hollywood, California on the first day in June.  He was 52.
• • On Tuesday, 3 December 1935 • •
• • The Cornell Daily Sun, Volume 56, Number 59, 3 December 1935 ran an interesting article — "The Champ Meets a Notable." Illustrating the text was a photo of Mae West standing between two men: heavyweight champ Jim Braddock and his buddy Joe Zigg. It seems that Mae gave these handsome fellows a tour of Hollywood film studios.
• • On Friday, 3 December 1965 • •
• • "Day Tripper" is a song by The Beatles, released as a double A-side single with "We Can Work It Out" on Friday, 3 December 1965 in the U.K. Mae West covered this song on her 1966 album "Way Out West." Her album was re-released in 2008 on CD.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Well, I  loved that, so I'd sit on his knee. And then he'd put his arms around me and tell me that I'd been a naughty little girl and wasn't I sorry? So, of course, I was sorry."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book note mentions Mae West.
• • The author wrote: The categories of "whore" and "actress" have overlapped over centuries. Actresses are assumed to be sexually available and promiscuous, and prostitutes are assumed to perform for their clients. Employing historical biographies as well as interviews with contemporary sex workers, this book compares actresses and prostitutes from Nell Gwynne to Mae West.  ...
• • Source: Book Note for "Actresses and Whores: On Stage and in Society"  written by Kirsten Pullen; published on 17 February 2005 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2504th 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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