Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mae West: George Guhl

An enormous international cast was assembled to do justice to MAE WEST's ambitious screenplay "Now I'm a Lady" centered around the main character Cleo Borden, who wishes to be part of the tony horsey set. The 74-minute comedy was released in the USA on 25 April 1935 under the new title "Goin' to Town."  George Guhl was seen as a driver.       
• • George Guhl [27 September 1875 — 27 June 1943] • •   
• • Born in St. Louis, Missouri on 27 September 1875, George Guhl honed his entertainment skills for several decades on the vaudeville circuit as a member of the Guhl Brothers and then the Guhl and Adams comedy teams. 
• • By the time he surfaced in Tinseltown, movies were "talkies" and Guhl was a well-seasoned 58 years old. One of his gimmicks, perfected onstage, was this: he had become a master of the delayed and dull-witted double take. If you recall some of Hal Roach's "Our Gang" comedies, perhaps you will recognize Guhl as a sharp-eyed truant officer. Casting agents reached out to him when they needed a dim bulb of a barber, bailiff, bartender, baggage man, workman, paper hanger, electrician, desk sergeant, etc.
• • From 1933 — 1944, George Guhl had bit parts in 145 motion pictures. During that brief eleven year span, he was cast as Colton's chauffeur in "Goin' to Town" [1935]. When he was filming his last motion picture, mystery drama "Crime by Night" [1944], and Guhl was cast as Harry the jailer, there was a reunion of sorts with actor Frank Mayo, who had also had the privilege of working with Mae in "Goin' to Town."   
• • George Guhl died in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, 27 June 1943. He was 67.
• • On Wednesday, 26 June 1935 • •
• • The 8-minute cartoon "Who Killed Cock Robin?" was released on Wednesday, 26 June 1935 in the USA. Loverboy Robin is crooning to a Mae West-like Jenny Wren when he is shot with an arrow.
• • Actress Martha Wentworth [2 June 1889 — 8 March 1974] was the voice of Jenny Wren.  Wentworth also did Mae's voice in "The Mae West Jewel Robbery," which made its radio debut on 21 February 1934.
• • On Thursday, 26 June 2003 • •
• • Newspapers announced this headline on Thursday, 26 June 2003: "Dolly Parton Thrilled With Mae West Role."
• • "Country icon Dolly Parton has signed up to play feisty silver screen goddess Mae West in an upcoming TV movie, and she admits it's a part she's been longing to play," reported news outlets.  Despite her enthusiasm, the project was not filmed.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Frank Wallace? Who? Never heard of the guy!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Gossip columnist Dorothy Kilgallen mentioned Mae West.
• • Dorothy Kilgallen wrote: Mae West is reliably rejorted as being in the throes of writing a new play. Apparently, Mae just doesn't give up; she's written quite a few scripts and while the critics haven't exactly compared her to Shakespeare, the police have always shown an interest in her work.  ...
• • Source: "The Voice of Broadway" (syndicated column) by Dorothy Kilgallen printed in Kentucky New Era; published on Friday, 16 November 1962
• • By the Numbers • • 
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