Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mae West: Jack Kennedy

An enormous international cast was assembled to do justice to MAE WEST's ambitious screenplay "Now I'm a Lady" centered around the horsey set. The motion picture was released by Paramount Pictures under the new title "Goin' to Town." Jack Kennedy was used in one scene.
• • Jack Kennedy [4 February 1888 — 27 May 1964] • •
• • Born in Comanche, Texas on 4 February 1888, John G. Kennedy desired a career in the budding film industry. By 1927 he was in California portraying a hard-hearted henchman in his first motion picture when he was 39 years old. Calling himself Jack Kennedy now, he transitioned into talkies and scored a half-dozen featured roles, invariably as a character with an Irish surname such as Gilligan or Mike O'Flaherty. 
• • But then the casting agents got stuck in a groove.  For the next ten years, he would play a law officer (detective, deputy, sheriff, police desk sergeant, etc.) almost two dozen times onscreen. Whew.
• • From 1927 — 1943, Jack Kennedy participated in 59 motion pictures.
• • In "Goin' to Town" [1935] he was seen as "Man Outside Saloon." Other non-policeman roles included a banker, stationmaster, theatrical agent, sailor, saloon owner, bar proprietor, cafe owner, politician, and stagecoach driver.
• • Jack Kennedy was seen as Officer O'Toole in his final film "The Underdog" [1943]; he enjoyed working with character actor Frank Ellis, who had played a role opposite Mae West in "My Little Chickadee" [1940] just three years earlier.
• • Jack Kennedy died in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, 27 May 1964. He was 76.
• • On Tuesday, 29 May 1917 • •
• • "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It" was Mae West's letter to the world. Released in hardcover more than fifty years ago by the Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey imprint Prentice Hall, this meaty memoir was reprinted as a paperback by Avon Books [December 1959].
• • Hollywood publicist Frank Liberman helped promote the bio in 1959.  Mr. Liberman, who had Parkinson's disease, died of pneumonia in September 2009 at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He was 92.
• • A native New Yorker like Mae, he was born in The Big Apple on Tuesday, 29 May 1917 and was raised in White Plains.
• • On Wednesday, 29 May 1935 in Variety • •
• • Frank Wallace timed his wedding revelations to coincide with the release of his former spouse's latest motion picture. Bad publicity had already paved this road, thanks to Joseph Breen's tantrums over the screenplay for "Goin' to Town" — — and Mae West watchers probably cared less about Wallace's wailing than the Hollywood hatchet man's cuts. Could Breen have ruined the movie?  Thanks to Mae's large and loyal fan base, "Goin' to Town" did big box office, reported Variety on Wednesday, 29 May 1935.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have my own parties and entertain people I like."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A news item on Arthur Mayer [28 March 1886 — 14 April 1981] mentioned Mae West.
• • Demopolis son and American film pioneer Arthur Mayer will be saluted Friday during a free showing of the 1975 Oscar-nominated film “Arthur and Lillie.” The Southern Literary Trail and other partners are sponsoring the screening. ...
• • Arrhur Mayer handled advertising campaigns for films starring Mae West and Marlene Dietrich. When Zukor fired Mayer over a dispute about how to promote a Mae West film, Mayer was given the Rialto Theatre in Times Square as his severance deal.
• • During his operation of the Rialto, Mayer became known as “the Merchant of Menace,” since the theater showcased low budget horror films featuring Frankenstein, the Bride of Frankenstein and the Wolfman. ...
• • Source: Article: "Evening to honor Arthur Mayer, native son and film pioneer" by Staff Reports for Demopolis Times; published on Tuesday, 14 May 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
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