Monday, July 08, 2013

Mae West: Carlos Villarías

MAE WEST played Cleo Borden in "Goin' to Town" [1935] — — and  Carlos Villarías was seen as her butler.
• • Carlos Villarías [7 July 1892 — 27 April 1976] • •
• • Born in Cordoba, Spain on Thursday, 7 July 1892 was a lovely little boy.  In 1930 he began to make his presence felt in Tinseltown. He was cast in supporting and starring roles in foreign language motion pictures released by Paramount, Warner Bros., and Universal.
• • Assuming the cape of the Transylvanian count, he played the lead in a Spanish language version of "Dracula" [1931] that made use of the same sets as the version starring Bela Lugosi. Moreover, the styling of the posters is deliberately similar.
• • From 1930 — 1953, Carlos Villarías participated in 87 motion pictures, most of them made for the enjoyment of a Latino audience.
• • Now and then he was patched into an American film. Surely, you noticed Carlos Villarías as Cleo Borden's butler in "Goin' to Town" [1935]. He was 42 years old at the time.  Eighteen years later, he retired from the screen after his featured role in "Decameron Nights" [1953].
• • Carlos Villarías died in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, 27 April 1976. He was 83.
• • On Sunday, 8 July 1928 in the Journal American • •
• • A reporter from the Journal American visited Mae West backstage after a performance of "Diamond Lil." He wrote a lengthy account of Mae West's formula for writing a play: "hire a room in a hotel, lock yourself in and go to work for as many hours as you can stand the pace. Then you grab a little sleep, get up and resuscitate yourself with a few tons of cold water and start all over again.  And so on until ...."
• • The Journal American published this long article in their hefty weekend edition dated for Sunday, 8 July 1928.
• • On Thursday, 8 July 1937 • •
• • On Thursday, 8 July 1937 the Los Angeles Herald Examiner printed a story about Frank Wallace and Mae West under this title: "At Last 'Mr. Mae' Gets Recognition." A photo showing how Mae looked while touring in vaudeville in 1911 when she became his bride accompanied the news scoop. That spoiled somebody's weekend, wouldn't you say?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It's important to keep a firm grip on your essentials."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Monett Times mentioned Mae West.
• • Murray Bishoff wrote: Two of the main proponents of the songs, pianist and singer Frederick Hodges and his vocalist partner Ann Gibson, offered delightful examples of song writing extending into the 1930s. A natural singer who has absorbed the styles of the period, Gibson came on stage in a stunning red gown at the Saturday night concert and sang Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow's 1934 "Now I'm A Lady," written for Mae West...
• • Source: Monett Times; published on Friday, 5 July 2013 
• • By the Numbers • • 
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