Monday, February 18, 2013

Mae West: Gino Corrado

MAE WEST starred in "Goin' to Town" [1935] and a personable Italian native played a bartender.
• • Gino Corrado [9 February 1893 — 23 December 1982] • •
• • Born Gino Corrado Liserani in Florence (Tuscany), Italy on Thursday, 9 February 1893, by 1916 the 23-year-old charmer was in front of the camera in "The Last Challenge" playing a referee and trying out the first of many stage names, Eugene Corri, fitting his vowel-enriched European idiom into an American version with streamlined consonants. 
• • From 1916 — 1954, he was in 395 feature films. Gino Corrado found himself mostly playing chefs, maitre-d's, waiters, duck carvers, valets, bar men, barbers, butlers, and doing varied uncredited bits — — albeit in Hollywood's most iconic films. 
• • For instance, in "Gone With the Wind" Corrado appeared along with Mae West cast alumni Hattie McDaniel, Si Jenks, Ralph Brooks, Lee Phelps, Adrian Morris, and Isabel Jewell. In "Citizen Kane" Corrado, credited as Gino the waiter, was seen along with Cyril Ring and Sam Ash, veteran character actors who also worked with Mae West. And in "Casablanca," Corrado was a waiter at Rick's Cafe, happily reuniting with his 1935 cast mates Eugene Borden who played French Captain Dupont in "Goin' to Town" and Franco Corsaro who was the Italian Officer in "Goin' to Town."
• • Gino Corrado was kept busy until the mid-1950s. He was cast as an ambassador in "Casanova's Big Night" [1954]; as Principessa's Butler in "Three Coins in the Fountain" [1954], which also featured Charles La Torre who was onstage with Mae in "Come On Up"; and, finally, as a shoe salesman in "Living It Up" [1954], where he was in the studio with several gents privileged to work with Mae West including Dean Martin, Lane Chandler, Paul Kruger, and Al Hill.  At this point, Corrado was 61 and he retired from the screen.
• • Gino Corrado died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California on 23 December 1982. He was 89.
• • On Saturday, 18 February 1933 in The New Yorker • •
• • An article about Mae West and her new film "She Done Him Wrong" was printed in The New Yorker in their issue dated for Saturday, 18 February 1933.
• • On Thursday, 18 February 1999 in Australia • •
• • "She's No Angel: A Mae West Vaudeville" was written by Barry Lowe. This musical featured "witty songs by Sean Peter, and director Jack Webster gives it a larger-than-life verve that threatens to spill out into Queen Street. The vaudeville is tailored to the talents of [George] Hoad ... He makes Mae West a commanding, no-nonsense figure, whose life and career are played out in the manner of a tawdry circus ...," wrote Bryce Hallett.
• • Source: Theatre Review by Bryce Hallett in The Sydney Morning Herald on page 11, on Thursday, 18 February 1999.
• • On Tuesday, 18 February 2003 • •
• • The biography written by Jill Watts "Mae West: An Icon in Black and White" was published on Tuesday, 18 February 2003 by Oxford University Press [USA]. If you love Mae West, then you must own this bio.
• • On 18 February 2004 in The Villager • •
• • "Mae's return court date" was the title in The Villager, a weekly newspaper in Greenwich Village. The cast and the author of “Courting Mae West” celebrated after a staged reading before a full house at Jefferson Market Library.
• • Source: The Villager, Volume 73, Number 42 | February 18 — 24, 2004.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "If you select your characters and the atmosphere in which they live with sufficient care, you don't have to use much imagination to make them colorful or their story interesting. In newspaper language, you don't 'write them up' — — you must  'write them down.' You really have to tone them and their actions down and make them less sensationaI than they actually are in order to make them believable."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Several news outlets mentioned when Mae West collapsed onstage.
• • "Mae West Sick" • •
• • NEW YORK, February 17 (A.A.P.) — Mae West collapsed on the stage at Rochester last night, but the show went on. She was unable to continue with the third act of the play, 'Diamond Lil.' It was presented without her. ...
• • Source: News Item in The Courier-Mail (Brisbane); published on Saturday, 18 February 1950
• • By the Numbers • • 
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