Monday, March 04, 2013

Mae West: Tito Coral

MAE WEST played Cleo Borden in "Goin' to Town" [1935] — — and Tito Coral played the horse trainer Taho.
• • Tito Coral [4 March 1903 — November 1972] • •
• • Born in Caracas, Venezuela in the month of March — — on Wednesday, 4 March 1903 — — Tito Coral's sojourn in the celluloid capital began in 1934 when he was 31.
• • From 1934 — 1938, he participated in 5 motion pictures. The slim five-foot-eight actor was used in ethnic roles (as a Russian or Latino) and managed to snag a screen credit for four of those movies.
• • Tito Coral seems to have stayed stateside. He died in Yonkers, New York in November 1972. He was 69.
• • On Wednesday, 4 March 1936 • •
• • Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst had it in for Mae West. For years he barred his editors from giving her motion pictures any positive coverage. Naturally, the reasons that caused Hearst's animosity for the Paramount Pictures star were widely debated. Not to be out-witted, the clever publicists at Paramount managed to promote "Klondike Annie" in Hearst's publications in other ways, for instance, by inserting advertisements urging readers to call the theater for details on a special showing.
• • The flapdoodle over "Klondike Annie" was dissected in Variety's issue dated for Wednesday, 4 March 1936. Coverage appeared in Hollywood Citizen News on 4 March 1936 also.
• • On Friday, 4 March 1938 in Australia • •
• • The Mirror (in Perth, Australia) wrote: Mae West's characterisation of a motion picture star in "Go West Young Man," the hilarious comedy, which will be screening at the Grand Theatre, Friday next, March 4, strangely enough, is entirely unlike her own life as an outstanding film luminary.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Sex is like a small business.You gotta protect it, watch over it. It's a matter of timing."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Argus (in Melbourne, Australia) mentioned Mae West.
• • Writing from Hollywood, Lon Jones explained: Of the thousands of feature length motion pictures produced in Hollywood since 1914, only 59 have earned more than $1,500,000 at the box office, according to the latest edition of the Motion Picture Almanac, bible of the industry. ...
• • Lon Jones continued:  Not all of the box-office champions are memorable pictures by any means. Mae West's "She Done Him Wrong" and "I'm No Angel," for example, share 31st place with $2,200,000 apiece. No one can claim that these were good pictures. These were Mae's early offerings, and theatres cashed in on the novelty of her unique personality and the tremendous publicity campaign launched by her studio to sell her to the public. ...
• • Lon Jones is entitled to his own curious opinions and it is fortunate that Mr. Jones is dead or some Mae-mavens would challenge him about all that blather.
• • Source: Article: "Which Cinema Films Have Earned the Most Money Since 1914?" written by Lon Jones for The Argus (Australia); published on Saturday, 4 March 1944
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2595th 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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