Saturday, February 02, 2013

Mae West: Jack Carr

MAE WEST starred in "She Done Him Wrong" [1933] and Jack Carr was the saloon patron who hits his girlfriend.
• • Jack Carr [17 May 1906 — 2 February 1967] • •
• • Born in New Jersey on 17 May 1906, Jack Carr was in Hollywood by 1932. The 26-year-old newcomer got a few big breaks right away when he was cast in his first motion picture — — in a scene that took place in Gus Jordan's Bowery saloon, a barroom that featured the sultry diamond-draped entertainer Lady Lou portrayed by Mae West.
• • Lady Luck smiled on Carr when he was hired to be the voice of Buddy, a Looney Tunes character who would star in 26 shorts between 1933 — 1935. Jack Carr continued his stint as a voice-over artist as well as a character actor.
• • Between 1933 — 1965, Jack Carr participated in 143 projects related to films, animated features, and TV fare. Occasionally, he snagged a speaking part in motion pictures but, more frequently, his screen time was a patchwork of colorful yet minor bits such as assistant, attendant, bartender, butcher, cabbie, carpetbagger, citizen, comedian, cop, counterman, customer, drinker, food vendor, patron, plumber, poet, spectator, troublemaker, truck driver, waiter, wrestler, and the ever-popular henchman as well as knuckleheads named "Pugnose Rafferty."
• • Though he only worked with Mae West when they were filming "She Done Him Wrong" in 1932, he criss-crossed paths with her former cast mates often. For example, in the 77-minute crime-drama "You Can't Escape Forever" [1942], Jack Carr's character was No-Neck, one of Greer's henchmen. That cast included Charles Sullivan as Greer's henchman (who was seen in "Belle of the Nineties" as a New Orleans Audience Admirer); Kay Deslys  (seen in "Belle of the Nineties" as a  Beef Trust Chorus Girl); Leo White (seen in "Night After Night" as a kitchen helper and in "She Done Him Wrong" as the pedestrian who tips his hat to Lady Lou); and Roscoe Karns (seen in "Night After Night" as Leo).
• • In 1965, Jack Carr bade farewell to his fans when he appeared on TV in "Flipper."
• • Jack Carr died in Calexico, California on Thursday, 2 February 1967. He was 60.
• • On Wednesday, 2 February 1927 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Pole-vaulted out of the ghetto of the clubby entertainment section, Mae West suddenly became notoriously noteworthy in national news headlines on Wednesday, 2 February 1927 in The New York Times (and elsewhere).
• • On Tuesday, February 1st at 5:00 AM, the Brooklyn bombshell was arrested along with her sister and the director Edward Elsner in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
• • According to The New York Times: Edwin [sic] Elsner of New York, stage director of "The Drag," which opened here last night, and Miss Beverly West of New York, sister of Mae West, author of the play, were arrested at 5:30 o'clock this morning in Miss West's room at the Arcade Hotel and will be arraigned in the City Court on Wednesday on technical charges of breach of the peace.
• • The arrest at the Arcade Hotel is dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West." Beverly's drunken antics and Mae's strategies are featured in Act I, Scene 2 in this serious-minded comedy based on true events. Producers and ambitious directors seeking good material that attracts an audience, please take note.
• • On Thursday, 2 February 1933 with Rudy Vallee • •
• • The collection "Mae West — Original Radio Broadcasts" includes her rendition of "Frankie and Johnny" which was aired on "The Rudy Vallee Show" on Thursday, 2 Febru­ary 1933.
• • On Wednesday, 2 February 1938 in Variety • •
• • Though "Every Day's a Holiday" did not do big numbers in certain cities, ticket receipts totaling $57,000 at the box office in New York City would indicate that Mae West definitely attracted a full house in her hometown.
• • Variety's headline was "Benny Goodman — West Boffo B'way for $57,000" [Variety Magazine on 2 February 1938].
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I've always been a bit put off by lesbians."
• • Mae West said:  "I've always been aware of sex, and it's always been aware of me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Singapore newspaper mentioned Mae West's play on Friday, 2 February 1951.
• • "Mae West Play Obscene: Censors" • •
• • The Straits Times wrote: Censors in Atlanta, America, banned Mae West in flesh as they had done 18 years ago on film. They said the play "Diamond Lil," in which Mae was scheduled to appear, was "lewd and obscene" in New York.
• • The Straits Times added: Jack Small, the producer, is seeking an injunction against the Atlanta censors. ...
• • Source: News Item: The Straits Times (on page 2); published on Friday, 2 February 1951
• • By the Numbers • • 
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