MAE WEST played Cleo Borden in "Goin' to Town"  — — and Stanley Andrews was seen as an engineer.
• • Stanley Andrews [28 August 1891 — 23 June 1969] • •
• • Born in Chicago, Illinois on 28 August 1891 was a sweet faced tyke named Stanley Andrzejewski. The tall, deep-voiced voice actor became familiar to followers of the "Little Orphan Annie" radio serial where he was heard as the self-assured Daddy Warbucks [1931 — 1936].
• • In 1933, he made himself available to Tinseltown where he was used in authority roles such as emperors, G-men, judges, a jury foreman, military officers, lawmen, police commissioners, physicians, a sheriff, and the like. In 1935, when he had a brief scene in "Goin' to Town," he was delighted to work with the Brooklyn bombshell Mae West.
• • He stayed busy for three decades. From 1933 — 1963, Stanley Andrews participated in 375 projects for the movies and TV.
• • His final assignment was on the small screen. The enduringly popular TV series "Death Valley Days" was set in Death Valley, California. Stanley Andrews was The Old Ranger, that is, the host, for 27 episodes [1952 — 1963]. During his tenure on the show, he got to rub shoulders with actors who had the privilege of working with Mae West such as Dick Foran who had been seen in "My Little Chickadee"  as Wayne Carter and Francis McDonald who played a henchman in "Every Day's a Holiday" .
• • Stanley Andrews retired from the screen in 1963. He died in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, 23 June 1969. He was 77.
• • On Sunday, 24 June 1928 • •
• • The Brooklyn Eagle, Mae's hometown paper, sent reporter George Halasz to interview the star about her new Broadway play "Diamond Lil." In the newspaper's weekend edition dated for Sunday, 24 June 1928, George Halasz wrote: "When the play is put in rehearsal she has but a bare outline of the plot and dialogue. As the rehearsals progress, she throws in a line here, a speech there. ..."
• • This is, of course, nonsense and not how theatre insiders behave. Mae's plays had a large cast and she was present at the auditions. She knew how many actors she would need and what roles they would play well before hiring an adequate rehearsal space. A lot of dramatists refine and revise during rehearsal, sometimes to suit an actor, but a theatre professional like Mae West did not walk into a rehearsal with scraps of dialogue written on napkins. No way.
• • On Wednesday, 24 June 1970 • •
• • "Myra Breckinridge" was booked at the Criterion Theatre (1514 Broadway) on Tuesday, 23 June 1970. The general release was on June 24th.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Every woman has good beauty points, and others not so good. The secret is to take advantage of what is good and get along with the bad."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Mark Dowling wrote: The type of humor you think of as typical of Mae West comes from her most spontaneously when she is in the mood of her screen roles. "I have to get in the mood," she told me once when I asked her to "gag" an interview. She saves for her "public" life all the fire and passion that other stars burn up in their personal romances. When she's acting, jokes, and wisecracks of her own peculiar brand come spontaneously to her lips. ...
• • Source: "Don't Get Me Wrong!" — Mae West written by Mark Dowling (page 1) for Motion Picture; published in December 1934 issue
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