Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Mae West: Jimmy Conlin

MAE WEST wrote the screenplay for "My Little Chickadee" [1940] with W.C. Fields and Jimmy Conlin was seen as Squawk Mulligan, a barman.
• • Jimmy Conlin [14 October 1884 — 7 May 1962] • •
• • Born on the East Coast in Camden, New Jersey on 14 October 1884 was a future vaudevillian named Jimmy Conlin. He trouped with his wife Myrtle Glass in variety as "Conlin and Glass," making their name on the prestigious Keith-Orpheum circuit. 
• • Scrawny, unprepossessing, and rustic-looking, the versatile comedian decided there must be some director who could use his gifts and he became a character actor in 1929 at the age of 45. Mostly uncredited bit parts awaited him but occasionally there was a larger payday thanks to an occasional featured role.
• • For 30 years, from 1929 — 1959, Jimmy Conlin was cast as an actor for 149 projects for TV and motion pictures.
• • Jimmy Conlin was seen as Squawk Mulligan, bartender, in "My Little Chickadee" [1940]. And 14 years later the cozy Irish neighborhood saloon setting of "Duffy's Tavern," a TV series, used him in 38 episodes as the character Charley during the mid-50s.  In 1959, he ended his Hollywood film career stylishly with featured roles in two motion pictures, one a comedy and the other an iconic crime drama.  
• • Conlin was 75 years old when he bid farewell to the small screen with a fascinating guest-starring role on the series "Philip Marlowe," an episode called "Mother Dear" (released in December 1959). Also guest-starring in "Mother Dear" on this popular TV detective show based on the writing of Raymond Chandler was actor Franco Corsaro, who worked with Mae West as the Italian officer in scenes for "Goin' to Town" [1935].
• • Cancer claimed Jimmy Conlin. He died in Encino, California in the month of May — — on Monday, 7 May 1962. He was 77.
• • On Monday, 7 May 1934 • •
• • On Monday, 7 May 1934 Mae West recorded "Troubled Waters."  This collaboration between New York City lyricist Sam Coslow and composer Arthur Johnson was created expressly for the motion picture "Belle of the Nineties." Backed by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, Mae archived her performance in the recording studio.
• • On Tuesday, 7 May 1935 • • 
• • The Singapore Free Press printed this headline on Tuesday, 7 May 1935: 
• • "Actor Said He Wed Mae West. She Was 17 — and Brunette" • •
• • Scrawny song-and-dance man Frank Wallace, so helpfully sitting for media interviews as often as possible, even gave even quotes to blow over to Singapore.
• • Mae West said only one thing to this reporter: "I have never heard of this guy Wallace." But it didn't end there. It would drag on for two more years. Oh, dear.
• • On Friday, 7 May 1943 • •
• • Matrimony and mayhaps!  Mae West moved on from her marital missteps with vaudevillian Frank Wallace in 1911.  However, the final divorce decree took much longer. The marriage was legally dissolved on Friday, 7 May 1943.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I have been in love at various points in my career, but as long as my mother lived I shied from marriage."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Kathy Lette wrote (if that's the word) a piece about Mae West.
• • Though it was nice to see "My hero: Mae West" by Kathy Lette, the errors ran through it — — almost one mistake to a sentence. Therefore, we cannot quote much.
• • Kathy Lette wrote: "We can only marvel at the business acumen of a woman who invented the droit morale in her Paramount contracts, meaning each film had to be made 'to her satisfaction'."
• • Source: The Guardian (UK) — — please apply for a fact-checkers job there or get hired as Kathy Lette's aide. Published in England on Friday, 12 April 2013 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2643rd 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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