Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mae West: William Begg

MAE WEST played Cleo Borden in "Goin' to Town" — — and William Begg had a walk-on as a man at the bar.
• • William Begg [16 April 1903 — 19 April 1986] • •
• • Born on Thursday, 16 April 1903 in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada was a little boy with a long name: William Martin John Begg. He began compiling his Tinseltown resume in 1930 when he was 27 years old.
• • However, the bit parts player had only a short career in cinema, appearing in nine films from 1930 — 1937. He was seen as "man at bar" in "Goin' to Town" [1935].
• • One of William Begg's final feature films was "Charlie Chan at the Olympics" [1937]. On the set, Begg was reunited with a few "Goin' to Town" cast-mates such as Morgan Wallace and Dale Van Sickel. Clearly, Begg retired from the screen trade and went on to other activities, however, we just don't know what his second career was.
• • William Begg died in Delray Beach, Florida in the month of April — — on Saturday, 19 April 1986. He was 83.
• • On Saturday, 23 April 1927 • • 
• • In her hometown newspapers, Mae West's short prison sentence was being played for comedy not tragedy. The N.Y. Daily News reported on Saturday, 23 April 1927 that the inmate was writing a new play in jail and had job offers waiting. "A night club wants her to mop up the floor in prison costume for a few weeks at a fat salary," ran the article.
• • On Tuesday, 23 April 1935 in The Hollywood Reporter • •
• • A review of "Goin' to Town" appeared in The Hollywood Reporter in their issue dated for Tuesday, 23 April 1935.
• • On Tuesday, 23 April 1935 • •
• • They were black and white and read all over. In 1935, April's newspapers were peppered with spicy headlines about the actress's private life that probably caused a headache (if not also a certain degree of heartburn). The cover of the New York Herald wiggled its weight in woe at the city's citizens: "Actor who Claims He Is Star's Ex-husband Bares Story of Romance" [on Tuesday, 23 April 1935]. Not to be outdone, the Los Angeles Examiner blasted out some immensely unflattering photos along with this cover feature: "Dancer's Story of Marriage Irks Film Star" [Friday, 25 April 1935]. Mae would definitely have preferred being paired with a chimpanzee rather than a balding, skinny, unprepossessing ex-vaudevillian looking down at his threadbare socks in April 1935.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Mother continued to encourage me to write a play."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Australian Women's Weekly mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Whispers" • •
• •  According to latest reports from Hollywood, Mae West's tastes in art are simple. In her gold-and-white apartment in the fashionable Ravenswood, in Hollywood, Mae has but one picture in the front room. It is a painting of herself a bit au naturel, and it is labelled "Sex."  ...
• • Source: The Australian Women's Weekly; published on Saturday, 27 June 1936
• • By the Numbers • • 
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