Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mae West: Murray Feil

In May 1934, MAE WEST was receiving threats. To help her out by explaining she carried very little cash on her person, this item appeared in "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood," a syndicated column, on Thursday, 31 May 1934.
• • Harrison Carroll wrote: Her investment advisors, Murray Ellman, Murray Feil, and James Timony, turn her salary into non-negotiable insurance policies and bonds, keeping out only enough money for current bills and Mae's "mad money."
• • Murray Feil [14 July 1888 — October 1974] • •
• • Born in Poland, Murray Feil teamed up with Hugo Morris; they established themselves as vaudeville agents with an office in the tony Palace Theatre Building in New York's Times Square district. Since they did the booking for more than five dozen theatres, their variety artists could expect to see a good deal of the road. When he joined forces with William Morris, Murray Feil increased his clout. During the 1930s he would be the Hollywood agent for Mae West.
• • Murray Feil and Mae West were photographed together for the September 1938 issue of Fortune Magazine, which profiled Feil's employer, The William Morris Agency, oldest theatrical agent in the U.S.A.
• • Murray Feil died in Beverly Hills, California in October 1974. He was 86.
• • On Wednesday, 16 July 1952 in Groton, Connecticut • •
• • On Wednesday, 16 July 1952 Mae West traveled to the Groton submarine base to participate in the "debut" of the scarlet red life jackets dubbed "Mae Wests" [a flotation device]. The new color was designed to be visible from greater distances; a cord attached to the jackets, when pulled, caused them to immediately inflate, getting a nod of approval as their namesake stood by for the demonstration. . . .
• • Source: The Day, New London, CT;  published Saturday, 16 July 2005.
• • Don't Miss Out on Mae West's Birthday Gala • •
• • Save the Dates: August 12th and August 17th and 18th • •  
• • What: 2 events timed to celebrate the 120th birthday of Mae West, born in Brooklyn, NY on August 17, 1893
• • When: (A.) Monday, August 12, 2013 from 4:00pm — 5:45pm [Seating from 3:45pm]
• • Where: (A.) Hudson Branch Library, 66 Leroy St., New York, NY 10014; NOT accessible to wheelchairs  
• • Who: (A.) Reader's Theatre Cast: Costumed in 1890s Bowery style, actress Darlene Violette and actor Sidney Myer present the 1932 novel "Diamond Lil" written by Mae West in Mae's words and period songs with live music by Brian McInnis.  At intervals, historian and playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo leads an "Armchair Tour" through the boisterous Bowery and Chinatown of the 1890s.  
• • What else: The ever-popular Mae West Raffle.  
• • August 12th Admission and Raffle Tickets: FREE.  
• • RSVP: 212-243-6876 [Hudson Branch Library's phone]
• • Closest MTA subway stations: Christopher St. or West Fourth St.; or the M7 bus.  
• • Closest PATH station: Christopher St.  
• • The public is invited (suitable for age 18 and over)
• • All of the sex and none of the censorship . . . • •  
• • Two stagings of "Diamond Lil" on August 17th and August 18th.
• • When: (B.) Saturday, August 17, 2013 — in the evening  
• • Where: (B.) John Strasberg Studios, 555 8th Avenue, Suite 2310, New York, NY 10018;  accessible to wheelchairs  
• • When: (C.) Sunday, August 18, 2013 — 7:00 pm  
• • Where: (C.) Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC
• • Who: (B. and C.) A new staged version of the 1932 novel "Diamond Lil" written by Mae West starring Darlene Violette, Sidney Myer, and TBA. Live music by Brian McInnis.  The novel, which closely follows the 3-hour production Mae performed onstage from 1928 — 1951, is more exciting than the family-friendly screen version. Playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo massaged Mae's classic opus into an 85-minute adaptation featuring all of the sex and none of the censorship. No intermission.  
• • What else: The ever-popular Mae West Raffle and birthday festivities.  
• • August 17th and 18th Admission: reserved seating only (payment info will follow)  
• • Closest MTA subway stations: 42nd St./ Times Sq. via A, C, E, 1, 2, 3.• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "In my long and colorful career, one thing stands out. I have been misunderstood."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Movie Mirror discussed Mae West.
• • "Mae West's Life in Danger!" • •
• • Movie Mirror's July 1934 issue carried the cover line: "Mae West's Life in Danger!" and the article was paired with a photo of Mae holding a Tommy gun. Fans learned that the screen queen's business affairs would now be handled by a professional movie agent, Murray Feil.
• • Source: Movie Mirror; published in July 1934
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2694th 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: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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