Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mae West: Andrés de Segurola

MAE WEST played Cleo Borden in "Goin' to Town" [1935] — — and Andrés de Segurola played the racing association president.   The actor was born in March.
• • Andrés de Segurola [27 March 1874 — 23 January 1953] • •
• • Born in Valencia, Spain on Friday, 27 March 1874 was a little boy who grew up to be Count Andreas Perello de Segurola.  He yearned to travel to America and work in a new exciting industry and so he turned up in Tinseltown in 1916. He was already 42 when he began his onscreen career during the silent era, when his accent was of little consequence. Paramount (and others) used him during the 1930s in Spanish language talkies.
• • From 1916 — 1938, de Segurola was cast as an actor in 35 motion pictures. Usually  accorded a credited role, he would potray a Continental character (Frenchmen, Italians, Latinos) along with assorted authority roles such as military commanders and dignified aristocrats. And he once played a baritone onscreen.
• • After playing a racing association president in "Goin' to Town," he only made two more films, both in Spanish: "Angelina o el honor de un brigadier" [Fox Films, 1935] and "Castillos en el aire" [Edward LeBaron Productions, 1938] when he was 64 years old.    
• • Tinseltown had other uses for Andrés de Segurola, however. He was a valuable vocal coach. Working in the Music Department of various studios, he assisted with one dozen cinema musicals from 1936 — 1944.
• • Andrés de Segurola retired in his homeland during his 70s. He died in Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain on 23 January 1953. He was 78.
• • On Monday, 27 March 1989 • •
• • Published on Monday, 27 March 1989 was Carol Ward's fascinating book "Mae West: A Bio-bibliography" [Greenwood Press, 241 pages]. Ward's chapters include a biography, an examination of the art of Mae West, and a bibliographical checklist of key Mae West sources. One of her helpful sections summarizes and partially reprints several early interviews, spanning many years and quoting liberally — — including the full texts of interviews by Ruth Biery and George Christy. Ward's "Bibliographical Essay" evaluates and surveys works by and about Mae West, including Fergus Cashin's snarky, highly suspect "Mae West" (1981), with his dopey insinuations about "indeterminate sex" and female impersonation, and also George Eells and Stanley Musgrove's readable "Mae West" (1982), a biography that debunks certain myths and appreciates the subject but lacks cited sources. Carol Ward's bibliography explores Mae West's talents as an author, summarizing the plays and books she wrote and investigating the validity of those claims. A wonderful book for every Mae maven.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I was born in New York — — and it all evens up in the end."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Film Daily's Ralph Wilk wrote: The Mae West picture, "Go West Young Man," was completed right on schedule. Emanuel Cohen, president of Major Pictures, celebrated with a party at the studio upon the completion of the picture, which was directed by Henry Hathaway, with a cast headed by Warren William, Randolph Scott, Lyle Talbot, Alice Brady, Isabel Jewell, Elizabeth Patterson, Margaret Perry, and others. ...
• • Source: News Item in The Film Daily; published on Saturday, 3 October 1936 
• • By the Numbers • • 
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