Thursday, December 06, 2012

Mae West: Stuart Heisler

MAE WEST starred in "Klondike Annie" [1936] and Stuart Heisler received credit as the film editor.
• • Stuart Heisler [5 December 1896 — 21 August 1979] • •
• • Born in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, 5 December 1896, Stuart Heisler began working in the screen trade in 1913 as a prop man. A year later, he joined Mack Sennett at Keystone. He worked as a film editor for Samuel Goldwyn at United Artists from 1924 — 1925 and again from 1929 — 1934 and at Paramount from 1935 — onwards.
• • During the mid-1930s, when he was the film editor of "Klondike Annie," he also worked with several of Mae West's colleagues. For the drama "Peter Ibbetson" [1935], Heisler worked with actors Gilbert Emery and Donald Meek. Then for "Poppy" [1936, Heisler worked with W.C. Fields, who played Prof. Eustace McGargle, and sweet-faced Rochelle Hudson, who had the title role, and who was cast as Sally in "She Done Him Wrong" [1933]. In dumb show, forlorn Sally is observed trying to commit suicide. Gus's employees escort Sally to Lady Lou's bedroom. Mae's character advises Sally, "When women go wrong, men go right after them."
• • Heisler's last film was "Hitler" [1962] and two years later he was ready for the golf course and the recliner. 
• • Stuart Heisler died in San Diego, California on 21 August 1979. He was 82.
• • Adrienne D'Ambricourt [2 June 1878 — 6 December 1957] • •
• • In Paris, France on 2 June 1878, a baby girl was welcomed and named Adrienne DuNontier. After the first World War, Adrienne emigrated to America. According to one source, during the earliest days of the talkies, before dubbing became standard, D'Ambricourt appeared in French-language versions of American movies.
• • In Hollywood, she snagged her first featured roles (such as "Wages of Virtue" in 1924) when she was already a mature woman of 46 years old. Invariably, though, she was stitched into a scene that required her to be nothing more than a French maid, a French cook, a nurse, or a poised society lady. In 1935, Adrienne D'Ambricourt was seen as the character Annette in "Goin' to Town" starring Mae West.
• • Between 1924 — 1957, she logged in 91 credits either on TV or in the cinema, working right up until her death in fleeting bits on a TV series like "The Adventures of Jim Bowie" [1957]. She was also on the big screen in the wonderful "Les Girls" [1957] as a wardrobe woman — — and playing a gendarme was the former Mae West cast mate Colin Kenny.
• • Adrienne D'Ambricourt died of a heart attack after a car crash in Hollywood on 6 December 1957. She was 79.
• • Dated on Wednesday, 6 December 1978 • •
• • There was an auction for a personal check signed by Mae West and dated for Wednesday, 6 December 1978. The $12.13 payment was slotted for "General TelePhone" and the typed memo explained it was for ''Services at the ranch.'' This item was not sold at the auction, however. 
• • On Tuesday, 6 December 1994 • •
• • It was on Tuesday, 6 December 1994 that Christie's New York held an auction listed as "Film and Television Memorabilia." One light-hearted Mae West item was "A box of approximately 120 red, white, and blue poker chips; a deck of cards from the Roosevelt Hotel." This lot of goodies was sold for $345.00 and now the deck is stacked at someone's house.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When I lose my stamina, when I am no longer determined to please, I will be through with pictures, and not until then."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book on the Who mentioned Mae West.
• • Matt Kent stated: Monday, 6 December — Friday, 25 March 1977
• • Shooting schedule in Hollywood for "Sextette" starring eighty-three-year-old movie star, Mae West . . .
• • Source: Book: "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who 1958 — 1978" (page 277); published in June 2009  
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2507th 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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