Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Mae West: George Stoll

MAE WEST starred in "Go West Young Man" and "Every Day's a Holiday" and the musical direction for both films was coordinated by George Stoll.
• • George Stoll [7 May 1902 — 18 January 1985] • •
• • Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the month of May — — on Wednesday, 7 May 1902 — — was a future musician George Martin Stoll. A violin virtuoso from early childhood, he toured as a jazz violinist and put together a jazz trio during the 1920s.
• • Stoll performed as a musician in "The Big Broadcast of 1936" and his very next assignment in Tinseltown was as the music director for the Mae West motion picture "Go West Young Man" [1936]. A year later he handled the music for Mae's comedy set in the 1890s, "Every Day's a Holiday," and was credited on 91 additional Hollywood feastures, too.
• • George Stoll was at the helm for many of MGM's most lavish musicals, winning an Academy Award for "Anchors Aweigh" [1945]; seen in this movie were numerous actors who had the privilege of working with Mae West including Grady Sutton, James Burke, Lester Dorr, and Lee Phelps.
• • George Stoll retired after 1964.  He died in Monterey, California on 18 January 1985. He was 82.
• • On Saturday, 8 May 1926 • •
• • Unflattering comments about Mae West's play "Sex" (the phrase "street sweepings" was in the description) were printed in The New Yorker, issue dated for Saturday, 8 May 1926.  Aww. Somebody was not swayed by all that free beer Mae was pouring backstage. Tch.
• • On Tuesday, 8 May 1934 • •
• • Tuesday, 8 May 1934 Mae West recorded the ending of "My Old Flame."  This collaboration between New York City lyricist Sam Coslow and composer Arthur Johnson was created for the motion picture "Belle of the Nineties." Backed by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, Mae archived her performance in the recording studio. The Duke himself was on the piano.
• • On Saturday, 8 May 1937 • •
• • "Buxom Mae West Gives Trial Deposition" • •
• • An article by an Associated Press reporter that was published on Saturday, 8 May 1937 (in numerous newspapers) provided a Technicolor glimpse of the drama surrounding Mae West's "forgotten" 1911 trip to the altar.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I don't need much encouragement when I want to do a thing."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West's Personals" • •
• • Film Daily wrote: Mae West is booked to make a personal appearance at the New York Paramount November 18, following a week in Chicago. Rudy Vallee is another booking to precede Miss West. ...
• • Source: News Item in The Film Daily; published on Saturday, 17 October 1936 
• • By the Numbers • • 
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