• • Herman Hand [17 August 1875 — 1 December 1951] • •
• • Born in Vienna, Austria on 17 August 1875, Herman's youthful talent was nurtured by Ingnatz Hand, his musician father. He became a horn student of Josef Schandel and, during his early 20s, he was a principal horn at the Vienna Staatsoper. In November 1900, the 25-year-old hopeful emigrated to New York City.
• • He moved in the right circles, playing in the horn section of the New York Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and in the John Philip Sousa Band during their world tour. In Manhattan he worked as a theater orchestra musician for Broadway musicals. Gradually, he began registering his own compositions. By 10 November 1921, he was directing an orchestra and soloists, The N.Y. Tribune stated, for "an elaborate musical" staged twice daily on Lexington Avenue and 51st Street. In 1923, when the popular Paul Whiteman Band toured the United Kingdom, he joined them.
• • Silent movies had needed his services as an arranger and by the late 1920s he was ready to embrace Tinseltown. His versatility served him; he was able to compose music as well as play when film studios (such as MGM) recorded their soundtracks. From his residence in Beverly Hills, he wrote music used in the movies until he retired in 1950.
• • Herman Hand died in Los Angeles on Saturday, 1 December 1951. He was 76.
• • On Friday, 1 December 1933 • •
• • An article about Mae West with the title "Diamond Lil" ran in the Chicago Daily Tribune on Friday, 1 December 1933.
• • On Wednesday, 1 December 1976 in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West starred in "Sextette" , and the cinematography was done by James Crabe.
• • Shooting began at Paramount Studios' rental facility in December — — on Wednesday, 1 December 1976 — — and the picture was wrapped up during March 1977. James Crabe captured his leading lady in medium shots. There would be no close-ups in "Sextette" of Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It's harder to write for the screen because of the censors. I have to ask the censors whether I could even sit on the arm of a man's chair."
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• • A stage play in 1933 included mentions of Mae West.
• • The 4-character play "I'll Be Back" by Hyman F. Teague was printed in The Galleon, a literary magazine in Texas. References to Mae West's figure appear in the dialogue. Example: Crokit says: "No gal is flat since Mae West."
• • Source: The Galleon (page 17), Volume 9, Number 1, December 1933
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