Friday, March 01, 2013

Mae West: Don English

MAE WEST starred in "Belle of the Nineties" [1934] and Don English was responsible for shooting the publicity stills. 
• • Don English [1 April 1901 — 1 March 1964] • •
• • Born in San Francisco on 1 April 1901 was a tot named Donald Ernest English.
• • By 1932, Don English had made his way inside the movie industry's Camera and Electrical Department. He took the stills used for three motion pictures by Paramount Pictures starring Marlene Dietrich, "Shanghai Express" [1932], "Blonde Venus" [1932], and "The Song of Songs" [1933]. Dietrich got to know Mae West when they had dressing rooms side by side at Paramount.
• • Don English's fourth assignment for Paramount was shooting stills of Mae West and the cast of "Belle of the Nineties" [1934].
• • For two decades, he participated in the publicity for 20 movies from 1932 — 1953. "Stalag 17" was his final assignment when he was 52 years old.
• • Don English died in Los Angeles, California in early March — — on Sunday, 1 March 1964. He was 62.
• • On Tuesday, 1 March 1927 in Olean Evening Times • •
• • "The Drag" — an exposition of psychopathic conduct . . . • •
• • In their issue dated for Tuesday, 1 March 1927, The Olean Evening Times took Mae to task for "Sex" as well as "The Drag," which the reporter Virginia Swan described as "an exposition of psychopathic conduct." Was Mae West chastened after the arrest? "Sure, I know what audiences like," Mae assured the news reporters. "And when it comes in sex portrayals, I know my onions. My play is true to life. And how can anyone suppress truth?"
• • On Sunday, 1 March 1936 in The N.Y. Times
• • On Sunday, 1 March 1936 The N.Y. Times mentioned that Mae West confirmed she planned to go to Columbia Pictures with Emanuel Cohen, even though Paramount Pictures declared it had exercised its option and wanted their star to make two more pictures with the studio, the first one to start on 1 April 1936, and the second to start on 1 July 1936.
• • On Tuesday, 1 March 1960 • •
• • "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It" by Mae West was released on Tuesday, 1 March 1960.
• • On 1 March 1960 Mae West was a special guest on "The Red Skelton Show" on CBS-TV. In a parody of "Person to Person" (1953), Mae West is interviewed about the three men who do not appear in her autobiography, "Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It": Cauliflower McPugg, San Fernando Red, and Clem Kadiddlehopper (all played by Red Skelton).
• • On Friday, 1 March 2013 • •
• • On Friday, 1 March 2013 catch "I'm No Angel" in Manhattan at Film Forum. This 1933 Pre-Code classic will be shown at 3:40pm and again at 7:00pm. This splendid motion picture emporium is located at 209 West Houston Street, New York, NY. See their calendar for the other pictures made in 1933 that will be screened there on that date.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I never go to parties. That's why I live so quiet, though — I don't want to disillusion 'em by exhibiting myself as a good, quiet, hard-working woman who goes home nights, works on stories, and goes to bed. I'm jailed hard and fast to the Diamond Lil reputation and I gotta stay jailed as long as I'm in the show business."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture mentioned Mae West.
• • "Inside Flashes from Filmland" • •
• • Motion Picture wrote:  Did you ever see a "beef trust" chorus? Ah, you don't realize what you've missed! But Mae West — — the blonde girl with the sense of humor — — shows you in her newest picture, "It Ain't No Sin." With these healthy Amazons to back her up, she plays a burlesque queen in the Happy (and hippy) Nineties, who drifts down the Mississippi from St. Louis to New Orleans ... 
• • Source: News Item in Motion Picture written by Dale "The Observing Reporter Who Gets All the News"; published in the August 1934 issue
• • By the Numbers • • 
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