Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mae West: Paul M. Jones

When MAE WEST worked with William LeBaron, his assistant was always Paul M. Jones who was born in mid-March.
• • Paul M. Jones [14 March 1897 — ?] • •
• • Born in Bristol, Tennessee on Sunday, 14 March 1897 was Paul M. Jones. His family moved to California, and Paul was enrolled in Egan's Dramatic School, Los Angeles.
• • By 1918, the 21-year-old was hired as a prop man at Realart. Eventually, he became a set dresser for Paramount Pictures.
• • A brief bio-note printed in The Film Daily during the mid-1930s said this about the very versatile Paul M. Jones: acted in two-reel comedies; wrote poetry; co-directed for Pathe; assistant director on 25 pictures; assisted Ernst Lubitsch, E. H. Griffith, Wesley Ruggles, Gregory LaCava, Edward Sutherland and others; gag man and dialogue writer for I. E. Chadwick; wrote screenplays; assistant to William LeBaron on all Mae West, W. C. Fields and Bing Crosby pictures; under contract to Paramount as a producer.
• • It is not known exactly which 25 movies he was credited with. His death date is unknown so far.
• • On Tuesday, 13 March 1934 • •
• • Correspondence was flying back and forth from the Hays Office regarding "It Ain't No Sin" starring Mae West. It was on Tuesday, 13 March 1934, that the censors objected to yet another song.
• • Joseph Breen picked up his steel-toed fountain pen. "If, in the rendition of the song, the action of the girls, or comedian, is such as to give the lines a salacious, or otherwise unsavoury, connotation," he wrote, "the entire song may be adjudged a Code violation and, as such, will have to be deleted." . . .
• • Mae West's motion picture, with a working title of "It Ain't No Sin," began production in March — — on 19 March 1934. In the script, Ruby Carter, the American beauty queen of the night club sporting world set, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans.
• • On Saturday, 13 March 1937 in the gossip columns • •
• • Mae West declined Ted Peckham's invitation to the premiere of "Lost Horizon."
• • Gossip columnists reported this on Saturday, 13 March 1937: Big heartedly Ted Peckham, 22-year-old 'Gigolo King,' who values his art at $1000 per escort, donated an evening to Helen Burgess [1916 — 1937] and staked her to supper and pink lemonade. The downy-chinned, freshwater college boy (from Ohio’s Western Reserve University) compromised on Helen Burgess after Mae West showed no interest in his invitation. Clad in the sophomore class’ idea of sophisticated attire — — lofty topper, blue evening clothes and a cape — — Peckham paraded Miss Burgess to the premier of "Lost Horizon" and afterward to a supper club. The actress didn’t quarrel over the check. Peckham brought his schoolboy complexion here from New York, where he originated the escort service idea to help do a movie plot called "Gentlemen for Hire." He has spent most of his time since then in the Paramount publicity department seeing that his name gets in the papers. Probably his sortie with Burgess is charged off to publicity.
• • Released on Monday, 13 March 2006 in England • •
• • Released in the U.K. on Monday, 13 March 2006 was "Mae West, Screen Goddess Collection" (Six Discs). 
• • With English language subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing. The half-dozen titles in this collection included "She Done Him Wrong," "I'm No Angel," "Belle of the Nineties," "Klondike Annie," "My Little Chickadee," and "The Heat's On."
• • On Saturday, 13 March 2010 in England • •
• • Written by Caroline Boucher, "My Tea with Mae West" recalled an afternoon visit with the star at her home in 1974. Boucher's essay was published in The London Guardian on Saturday, 13 March 2010.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "They always found a way to break me up with a man before it became too serious. I was not allowed to love, really love. My mother and then Timony — — ."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book edited by Lillian Schlissel mentioned Mae West's trial on Thursday, 13 March 1930. The "Pleasure Man" trial is intriguingly dramatized in Act 2 of the stage play "Courting Mae West" (based on true events). Have you seen this fascinating play yet?
• • Lillian Schlissel wrote: "The Pleasure Man" went to trial on March 13, 1930, two years after its opening in New York. The People vs. Mae West et al charged the principals with "unlawfully advertising, giving, presenting and participating in an obscene, indecent, immoral, impure drama, play, exhibition, show, and entertainment" at the Biltmore Theatre. ...
• • Source: "Three Plays by Mae West: Sex, The Drag, and Pleasure Man" edited by Lillian Schlissel; published in 1997
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2604th 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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