Friday, July 12, 2013

Mae West: Herbert in Holiday

MAE WEST worked with a good number of handsome Britons and one was Herbert Rawlinson. In "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937], he was seen as a party guest.
• • Herbert Rawlinson [15 November 1885 — 12 July 1953] • •
• • Born in New Brighton, England on 15 November 1885, Herbert Rawlinson distinguished himself in the United Kingdom as a circus performer and on the stage. In 1911, when Herbert Rawlinson launched his career in the USA with a number of silent movies, the dapper 26-year-old was often cast as the leading man, at first.
• • On Broadway he was seen in several plays between 1929 — 1934, mainly comedies. One was the popular Rachel Crothers piece, set on West 10th Street in Greenwich Village: "When Ladies Meet." Rawlinson played the role of Rogers Woodruff from October 1932 — May 1933 at the Royale Theatre, the very same playhouse where Mae West was a box office sensation in "Diamond Lil" in 1928.
• • In sound films, the handsome six-footer was a busy character player, in demand and employed up until the year he died. With 392 titles to his credit on the big screen and also some on TV, Rawlinson was frequently seen, albeit briefly, in an authority role such as a physician, judge, colonel, sea captain, first mate, etc.
• • From 1911 — 1954, Herbert Rawlinson guest-starred five times on popular TV shows and was seen in 387 motion pictures,
• • In his final motion picture "Jail Bait" [1954], he took the role of Dr. Gregor, filming his last scenes until July 1953. Lyle Talbot, who starred in "Jail Bait," was seen as Francis X. Harrigan in "Go West Young Man" [1936] starring Mae West.
• • Lung cancer shortened his life.  Herbert Rawlinson died in Los Angeles on Sunday, 12 July 1953. He was 67 years old.
• • The New York Times printed his obituary on Tuesday, 14 July 1953. The headline read "H. Rawlinson dies; Film, Stage Actor; Character Player Scored in Movies After Having Lead Roles in Broadway Plays."
• • On Thursday, 12 July 1934 in Hollywood Reporter • •
• • Hollywood Reporter printed an article about Mae West's upcoming project. "New Orleans Kicks on Mae West's 'Belle'" was printed on the front page in the issue dated for Thursday, 12 July 1934.
• • In July 1937 in Film Daily • •
• • In July 1937, Emanuel Cohen announced in Film Daily that Mae was making a new motion picture for Major Pictures Corp. The title, said Cohen, was "Sapphire Sal — Night of Mystery." Starring Mae West and Grant Richards, and directed by Eddie Sutherland, the story was being written by Jo Swerhing.
• • Naturally, the title would be revised to "Every Day's a Holiday" and released in the USA on 18 December 1937.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "There is what amounts to a fable in Hollywood that my leading man fell in love with me. After all, they are human — — but that story is exaggerated."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A gossip column by Louella Parsons mentioned Mae West.
• • Louella Parsons writes: How Hollywood did buzz today when it was whispered that Mae West was booked for a concert tour and would sing and do an act similar to the Harry Lauder sketches. ...
• • Source: Column: "Mae West Booked for Concert Tour" written by Louella Parsons for The San Antonio Light; published on Monday, 12 July 1937
• • By the Numbers • • 
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