Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mae West: Lee Kohlmar

In the MAE WEST classic "She Done Him Wrong" [1933], the buxom Bowery beauty famously drawls, "When women go wrong, men go right after them!" The casting office gave Lee Kohlmar the modest role of Jacobson, one of Gus Jordan's "saloon scholars."
• • Lee Kohlmar [27 February 1873 — 14 May 1946] • •
• • Born in Nuremberg, Germany on 27 February 1873, Kohlmar entered the young film industry in 1916, directing nine short silent movies between 1916 — 1921.
• • Deciding that he also wanted to act, he got involved in stage plays produced on Broadway. He was seen in both dramas and musical comedies between 1922 — 1931, often portraying a German or Eastern European character.
• • This versatile thespian also made himself at home on the silver screen, appearing in more than 50 cinema titles between 1916 — 1941, usually hired for minor roles such as the second violinist, an airship passenger, an employment clerk, or a doctor.
• • Lee Kohlmar was cast in the role of Jacobson in "She Done Him Wrong" [1932]. He bid farewell to Tinseltown at age 68 after a bit part in the Marx Brothers' film "The Big Store" [1941]. While working in this boisterous musical comedy, Kohlmar rubbed shoulders with cast mate Bradley Page, who had worked with Mae West in "Night After Night" [1932]. Numerous actors hired for "The Big Store" had had the privilege of working with Mae West:  Edgar Dearing, Al Hill, Kay Deslys, Jan Duggan, Charles Lane, Adrian Morris, Ted Oliver, and Dewey Robinson.
• • Lee Kohlmar died in Hollywood from a heart attack in May — — on Tuesday, 14 May 1946. He was 73.
• • On Thursday, 16 May 1946 • •
• • The stage play "Ring Twice Tonight" opened in Long Beach, California on Thursday, 16 May 1946 before moving forward on its cross-country tour. The title was changed and became "Come On Up."
• • On Monday, 16 May 1966 • •
• • It was on 9 April 1974 that young Janet Damita Jo Jackson [born in Indiana on Monday, 16 May 1966] stepped onstage dressed as Mae West. The little girl was making her public debut performance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with the better-known members of her singing family. The eight-year-old rehearsed with her brother Michael, who gave her tips about Mae West's persona and intonations.  Happy Birthday, Janet.
• • On Monday, 16 May 2011 • •
• • Gary A. Warner writes: The Sahara Hotel and Casino, which dates to the days of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack" and has featured the likes of Mae West and Marlene Dietrich in its showrooms, will close on Monday, 16 May 2011.
• • Gary A. Warner adds: Hotel officials said ownership was considering its options on whether to re-brand the hotel or redevelop the aging property. ... [Source: "Sahara hotel in Las Vegas to close in May" written by Gary A. Warner, Register Travel Editor, for The Orange County Register; posted 11 March 2011].
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Since man started giving woman any sort of an even chance, the female of our species has got ahead quickly. More swiftly than has man, when you think of the comparative time woman has been free to act and think for herself."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Canberra Times mentioned Mae West.
• • "Inflation Hits Mae West" • •
• • Miss Mae West, publicised as the "girl with the 50,000 dollars treasure chest," now holds a policy for that amount from Lloyds of London. ...
• • Source: News Item in The Canberra Times; published on Wednesday, 21 May 1952
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2650th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

Source: to Google

• • Photo:
• • Mae West 1933

• • Feed — —
  Mae West

No comments:

Post a Comment