Monday, December 10, 2012

Mae West: Making Cary

"I have never worked with anyone who has as much 'she' as MAE WEST," said Cary Grant, after appearing in two motion pictures with the actress.
• • Picturegoer, a British publication available for sale in movie houses, ran a three part series: "Making Love to Mae West." The first installment ran on Sunday, 10 December 1933. It continued on 30 December 1993, and the final portion appeared on 6 January 1934.
• • Cary Grant's byline was attached to the three-part series printed in the United Kingdom. Mae's handsome co-star realized she had helped bring him to the attention of a now adoring public. They had good chemistry onscreen.
• • Arthur Vinton [10 December 1889 — 26 February 1963] • •
• • A Brooklyn native with a 4-stars-general voice, Arthur Vinton — — born on Tuesday, 10 December 1889 — — co-starred with Mae West in "The Constant Sinner" [September — November 1931] at the Royale Theatre.
• • Live theatre and radio shows offered the tall handsome leading man on-going opportunities. He was cast in several Broadway productions between 1931 — 1950. "Arms and the Girl" seems to have been his last appearance in the legitimate.
• • Though he was cast in dozens of motion pictures (largely from 1931 — 1935), it seems that Hollywood never regarded the six-foot-one actor as much more than a bit player.
• • In between his roles as a voice actor — — for the popular radio serial "The Shadow" and CBS shows like "The Plot to Overthrow Christmas" [1942] — — the "weekend farmer" relaxed by raising turkeys at his cozy country home in Little Britain, New York not far from Newburgh.
• • He died in Guadalajara, Mexico on 26 February 1963. He was 73.
• • On Wednesday, 10 December 1930 • •
• • Referring to a meeting in Hollywood on Wednesday, 10 December 1930, and what had been decided by a Board of Directors, Will Hays wrote to remind Adolph Zukor that he must not register the titles "Diamonds" or "Diamond Lady" for any film project with Mae West [Will Hays memo dated 18 October 1932].
• • On Friday, 10 December 1937 • •
• • Mae West failed to report for the first rehearsal of "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" set for Friday evening on 10 December 1937. The suits at NBC were getting nervous and the sponsor's reps were baffled.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I always wanted attention."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book about American theatre mentioned Mae West.
• • Daniel Blum wrote: The law interfered and caused the closing of "The Captive" and "Sex." The former, a sensitive study in abnormal psychology, was played by Helen Menken and Basil Rathbone, and the latter, a less sensitive investigation of matters suggested by its title, brought overnight fame to its star, Mae West, along with a ten day sentence in the workhouse.  ...
• • Source: Book: "A pictorial history of the American theatre, 100 years — 1860 — 1960"   written by Daniel Blum; published 1960 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2511th 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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