Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mae West: Ray Curtiss

Two motion pictures starring MAE WEST had the same film editor.     
• • Ray Curtiss [17 February 1896 — 17 March 1965] • •
• • Mae West starred in the motion pictures "Go West Young Man" [1936] and "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937] and the film editing was done by Raymond Frank Curtiss who was born in California in the month of February — — on Monday, 17 February 1896.
• • When he was 29, he was already at work as a film editor. His earliest assignments were "The Goose Woman" [1925] and a talking picture "13 Washington Square" [1928], which received good notices from The N.Y. Times and featured Helen Jerome Eddy who would work with Mae West eight years later in "Klondike Annie."
• • From 1925 — 1945, Ray Curtiss was involved in 50 feature films ranging from romantic comedies, potboilers, gangster flicks, mysteries, and dramas. His final movies were "Reckless Age" [1944] which relied on costumes by Mae West's designer Vera West and also "Forever Yours" [1945], starring a former Mae West leading man Johnny Mack Brown.
• • Ray Curtiss died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, 17 March 1965. He was 69.
• • On Saturday, 17 February 1951 in Los Angeles • •
• • In Los Angeles on February 17th, Pete Ermalinger, manager of the Biltmore Theatre, was negotiating for "Diamond Lil" the Mae West starrer currently in Texas.
• • "Hollywood Biltmore Seeks Lil Date" was the headline and the piece was datelined Hollywood, Saturday 17 February 1951. The popular show starring Mae West was, at that time, onstage in The Lone Star State.
• • Here's Mae looking ravishing in her Lil costume in 1951. She did bring the show to Los Angeles for an acclaimed run at the Biltmore.
• • This item ran in Billboard Magazine on 24 February 1951.
• • On Monday, 17 February 2003 in Sun-Sentinel • •
• • Reporting on an upcoming Gem and Jewelry Show in Fort Lauderdale on Monday, 17 February 2003, The Sun-Sentinel wrote that pieces owned by Mae West would be on display and available for purchase.
• • The Florida editors noted: Pearls, rubies and diamonds will be among the sparkling pieces displayed at the upcoming International Gem and Jewelry Show. The show, Friday through Sunday, will feature 80 vendors and two exhibits at the Broward County Convention Center, 1960 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. One exhibit, "Fabulous Jewelry of the Stars," has a pair of Marilyn Monroe's earrings and pieces owned by Mae West, Cher, Jack Nicholson, Lucille Ball and others. All items are for sale.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'll never try to go sweet and simple in the movies."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Daily mentioned problems with pictures starring Mae West.
• • Insiders' Outlook columnist wrote: Paramount and Metro have two troublesome women on their hands. At Paramount, it's a gal named Mae West. At Metro, a more platinum blonde named Jean Harlow. Both producers are thinking hard what they can do about them in the light of the church movement. Take either one or both, if you like, and imagine La West or La Harlow in a sweet and virginal "Little Women" type of role. It would be funny. Their producers recognize in these two players the public's association with well-defined characterizations. They argue tickets are bought on that basis, but it's a basis which church forces no like. What to do about them is major and tough to solve. ...
• • Source: News Item in Motion Picture Daily; published on Monday, 16 July 1934 
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