Friday, March 29, 2013

Mae West: Ed Brady

MAE WEST starred in "Klondike Annie" [released in February 1936] and Ed Brady was seen as a sailor. The veteran actor died at the end of March.
• • Ed Brady [6 December 1889 — 31 March 1942] • •
• • Born in New York City on 6 December 1889, Edwin J. Brady developed an itch to act.  During his earliest days as a performer, he grabbed whatever chances came his way — — exercising his skills either in vaudeville, in the theatre, or in the flickers. Hawk-nosed and serious looking, Brady began making his first screen shorts in 1911 when he was 22 years old and the movie business had not yet found a voice. When he was in his 20s, he worked mostly in Westerns and serials. 
• • Occasionally, casting agents patched him into a big-budget Cecil B. DeMille extravaganza such as "The King of Kings" [1927]. More often though, he did his best with the typical (uncredited) roles accorded to the average character actor: barfly, bartender, train brakeman, cowhand, courier, conspirator, crook, henchman, passenger, pirate, pool hall employee, prisoner, taxi driver, sergeant, sheriff, etc. along with an occasional featured role.
• • From 1911 — 1942, actor Ed Brady participated in 347 motion pictures. When he had a short scene as a sailor in "Klondike Annie" [1936], he was 47 years old and would appear in about ninety more films. In "Apache Trail" [1942], he played "Man in Stage Office" in a Western built around Lloyd Nolan, an actor who was privileged to play opposite Mae West in "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937].
• • Busy and booked right up to the end, Ed Brady was seen as a Keystone cop in the action drama "The Forest Rangers" [1942] and rubbed shoulders with several actors who had the privilege of working in a motion picture with Mae West: Jimmy Conlin, Wade Boteler, George Bruggeman, Lee Phelps, Ronald R. Rondell, and Harry Woods. 
• • Ed Brady died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, 31 March 1942. He was 52.
• • On Sunday, 29 March 1936 • •
• • "Has Mae West Done Herself Wrong?" was the intriguing headline teasing readers of the Atlanta Journal Magazine in their issue dated for Sunday, 29 March 1936. The byline went to Frank Daniel. Congressional hearings being conducted in February and March 1936 by the U.S. Senate were peppered with the name of Mae West, whose new motion picture "Klondike Annie" caused a lot of concern on Capitol Hill. Ramona Curry has written well-researched articles on this topic of how censorship tightened its noose around Mae's neck.
• • On Saturday, 29 March 2008 in NYC • •
• • Offered for free in the Times Square area on Saturday afternoon, 29 March 2008 was a reading of the play "Courting Mae West" at The Producer's Club [358 West 44th Street, NYC]. Louis Lopardi directed the cast. Based on true events 1926 — 1932, the play dramatizes moments from both of the obscenity trials and is based on true events.
• • On Monday, 29 March 2010 • •
• • During the month of March in 1970, there were rumors about a feud between Raquel Welch and her co-star Mae West during the filming of "Myra Breckenridge." Quarreling over the gowns and costumes had started. Raquel also said a few “very unflattering things” about the director, Michael Sarne.
• • On Monday, 29 March 2010, Raquel Welch's autobiography, Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage, was released. Thanks to this book being published, she found the need to include disparaging remarks about her co-star Mae West. Silicone can make things look bigger, Raquel, but a small mean-spirited mind keeps its shape, eh?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I give 'em what they want to see."
• • Mae West said: "They brought in a script and it wasn't right. It may have been all right for somebody else, but  it wasn't a Mae West story.  Should I rewrite it? I couldn't really. The structure was wrong."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • The Film Daily wrote: Randolph Scott, just signed to a new Paramount contract, left the coast yesterday on an extended vacation in the east following completion of his assignment in Mae West's "Go West Young Man." On his return to Hollywood he probably will play opposite Irene Dunne in "High, Wide and Handsome." ...
• • Source: News Item in The Film Daily; published on Thursday, 17 September 1936 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2616th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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