Monday, December 31, 2012

Mae West: Frank Skinner

MAE WEST starred in "My Little Chickadee" [1940] — — and original music was written by Frank Skinner.
• • Frank Skinner [31 December 1897 — 8 October 1968] •
• • Born in Meredosia, Illinois on the last day of the year in 1897, Frank Skinner and his brother Carl worked in variety. In the 1930s he trolled for opportunities in New York City's dance orchestra orbit as an arranger and even published his own "Simplified Method" for arranging.
• • By 1933 he was composing original music for the screen trade. Fluent in many idioms, he scored for almost 400 motion pictures including numerous horror flicks ("Son of Frankenstein") as well as for suspense, adventure, Westerns, romance, musicals, and classic screen comedies starring Abbott and Costello, W.C. Fields ("The Bank Dick"), Fields with Mae West ("My Little Chickadee"), and Francis the Talking Mule. Skinner retired in 1967.
• • Frank Skinner died in Hollywood, California on 8 October 1968. He was 70.
• • On Saturday, 31 December 1927 at Club Deauville • •
• • Mae West spent New Year's Eve on Saturday night, 31 December 1927, entertaining a crowd.
• • The nonfiction book "The Year the World Went Mad" is exclusively focused on the most vibrant events and the most fascinating individuals of 1927. Author Allen Churchill wrote: "Another New York night club listed a gala unveiling for New Year's Eve. This was Mae West's Club Deauville, at Park Avenue and Fifty-ninth Street. Here a New Year's Eve Supper was advertised for a cover charge of ten dollars. Together with this went "A Program of Distinctive and Unique Entertainment Conceived and Directed by the Distinguished Star in Person." ... How we wish we knew more.
• • On Monday, 31 December 2012 • •
• • Wishing all of our readers a very happy and safe and wonderful New Year's Eve.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My picture 'It Ain't No Sin' is belly laughs about the low-lifes."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • It was on Sunday, 30 December 1934 that the final installment of "The Story of Mae West" was published in a Singapore newspaper.
• • John C. Moffitt, who interviewed the movie queen several times during the 1930s, titled his in-depth piece "The High Priestess of Hokum."
• • John C. Moffitt wrote: Recently, when Mae began to work on her picture "It Ain't No Sin," someone thought it would be a pretty sentiment to have George Raft, the star of her first movie, play opposite her. George thought otherwise. He had a nervous breakdown and started for Europe.
• • "It would be like starring in a story about a boil doctor," George Raft said. "All that dame would let you see of me would be the back of my neck." ...

• • Source: Article: "The High Priestess of Hokum" (on page 6) by John C. Moffitt in syndication to The Straits Times; published on Sunday, 30 December 1934
• • By the Numbers • • 
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