Monday, January 14, 2013

Mae West: Bernard Herzbrun

The artistic atmosphere for three motion picture classics starring MAE WEST was in the hands of one gentleman, Bernard Herzbrun, a January baby who also died in the first month of the year.
• • Bernard Herzbrun [10 January 1891 — 7 January 1964] • •
• • Born (like Mae West) in New York City, Bernard Herzbrun came into this world on Saturday, 10 January 1891.
• • Bernard Herzbrun spent his earliest years in Tinseltown at Paramount Pictures. He helmed the art direction for "I'm No Angel" [1933], "Belle of the Nineties" [1934], and "Klondike Annie" [1936]. 
• • His next studio was 20th Century Fox; he would soon receive an Academy Award nomination in 1938 for a musical comedy. During his long sojourn in the screen trade, the five-foot-eight Art Director worked on 281 motion pictures between 1930 — 1956. He was assigned to detective projects, historical dramas, family pictures, romantic fare, and other genres.
• • Bernard Herzbrun died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, 7 January 1964. He was 72.
• • On Friday, 14 January 1938 • •
• • In the month of January, "Every Day's a Holiday" debuted in the USA on a weekend — — Friday, 14 January 1938.
• • It was the first Mae West film that failed to make money, unfortunately, and Paramount Pictures cut ties with her..
• • On Wednesday, 14 January 1959 • •
• • When he was hired in to help Mae West get her memoir together, ghostwriter Stephen Longstreet may have discussed autobiography's conventions — — the expected triumphs won after disappointments, the lessons learned from hard knocks, and the struggles along the way. Their collaboration during 1957 — 1958 produced a manuscript published in hardcover by Prentice-Hall on Wednesday, 14 January 1959. Using a well-worn comeback borrowed from the speakeasy hostess Texas Guinan, Mae titled her life story "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Favorite book? Any book dealing with the weakness of mankind. I like to combine research with my literature."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Billboard mentioned Mae West.
• • Billboard wrote: Kansas City, MO., 18 January 1947 — Mae West and her "Come On Up" clicked an $11,000 net for four performances (9th — 11th) at the Music Hall, Jimmy Nixon of A and N Presentations, reported. After each performance Miss West invited the audience to "come on up" to the stage for autographs. They did. ...
• • Source: Item: "Mae West Takes Good 11G in 4 Shows in Kansas City" in Billboard Magazine (page 41); published on Saturday, 25 January 1947 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2546th 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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