Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mae West: Jules Cowles

MAE WEST starred in "Goin' to Town" [1935] and Jules Cowles was one of the cowboys.
• • Jules Cowles [7 October 1877 — 22 May 1943] • •
• • Born in Farmington, Connecticut on 7 October 1877, Julius D. Cowles launched his screen career in 1914 at the age of 37. During the silent era, he played featured roles and was credited as J.D. Cowles, Julius D. Cowles, Mr. Cowles before settling on Jules Cowles.
• • From 1914 — 1943, Jules Cowles would participate in 107 motion pictures during his 30 years in Tinseltown, mostly as an extra who was used onscreen as a bartender, churchgoer, doorman, gambler, inmate, passenger, spectator, Man at Kissing Booth, etc.
• • When he was in a scene with Mae West, he was already 58. That's a pretty senior buckaroo.
• • Active in filmland until the end of his days, Jules Cowles showed his kindly, pudgy face (as Man in Hallway) in "Lost Angel" [1943]; on the set, he rubbed shoulders with several actors who were fortunate to work with Mae such as Donald Meek, Gino Corrado, Edward Hearn, Al Hill, Lee Phelps, and Charles Sullivan.
• • Jules Cowles died in Hollywood, California  in May — — on 22 May 1943.  He was 65.
• • On Monday, 22 May 1978 in Time • •
• • In May 1978, Time Magazine printed these felicitous remarks by resident movie critic Gerald Clarke: And her new movie, Sextette, is so bad it's good. Opening her mouth so wide that the pink of her gums shows, Mae West taps her teeth with her fingernails. "See that," she says proudly. "All my own. Not a false one there." Then, holding out her arms so that her wrists protrude from her jacket, she adds, "I've never had any face lifts either. You can tell by my hands and wrists. They can't operate on your hands. I've never had anything done, and I look the way I did when I was 22." You can't argue with a lady, and when the lady will be 85 this summer, who would want to? Sixty years ago Mae West looked in the mirror and ordered the clock stopped. So far as she is concerned, it has never dared to start again ....
• • Source: "Show Business: At 84 Mae West Is Still Mae West" by Gerald Clarke, Time Magazine, issue dated for the week beginning on Monday, 22 May 1978.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Women like forceful men — but not the kind who beat them — supposedly to show their affection."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in California mentioned Mae West.
• • Check out a wide array of classic vehicles, including cars once owned by Mae West, Elizabeth Taylor and Steve McQueen, at the Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance. ...
• • Source: Marin Independent Journal; published on Sunday, 19 May 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
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