Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mae West: Paul Kruger

MAE WEST butts heads with Victor McLaglen in Raoul Walsh's "Klondike Annie" [1936] and one sailor was played by Paul Kruger.
• • Paul Kruger [24 July 1895 — 6 November 1960] • •
• • Born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in the month of July — — on Wednesday, 24 July 1895 — — was a cutie pie named Henry Paul Kreuger.  
• • In 1927 Paul Kruger headed to Hollywood, where he was cast in supporting roles during the silent era. Although he made a successful leap to talking pictures, he was in his early thirties by then. In other words, he joined a crowded field of hopefuls, players who are happy to follow directions and park their ego at the curb for a union scale paycheck.
• • From 1927 — 1960, Paul Kruger guest-starred 15 times on popular TV shows and was seen in 152 motion pictures. The six-foot-one bit parts player was seen in a number of projects in a uniformed role: sailor, soldier, doorman, general, Quaker, Pharaoh's Guard, etc.  He also found himself threaded through the material of a screenplay as a bailiff, barfly, bartender, courtier, juror, townsman.
• • In 1936, when he was 41, Paul Kruger had the chance to work with Mae West in  "Klondike Annie." Coincidentally, the last part (a barfly) that he would be seen in on TV was in a short-lived Western-adventure series called "Klondike," broadcast for a single season [1960 —1961] on NBC.
• • Paul Kruger died in Los Angeles County, California on 6 November 1960.  He was 65.
• • On Sunday, 25 July 1926 in NYC • •
• • On Sunday, 25 July 1926, Mae met Valentino at Tommy Guinan's speakeasy. Larger than the average ginmill, The Playground was on West 52nd Street (east of Broadway).  James R. Quirk, editor-publisher of Photoplay, hosted a Reception in honor of Valentino's new silent movie "Son of the Sheik" there.  Mae West and Texas Guinan were there to greet the Apulian heartthrob.
• • On Thursday, 25 July 1946 • •
• • The famous photo of Mae West with her hand on bodybuilder John Farbotnik's flexed upper arm was taken on Thursday, 25 July 1946 after the muscleman won the Mr. Chicago title.
• • 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: "The harder a girl is to get, the easier she finds it is to get 'em."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article published in Australia revealed something special about the private life of  Mae West.
• • "Mae West's Generosity" • •
• • The Mail (in Adelaide, Australia) wrote: Mae West discovered a little eating place out towards San Fernando Valley. She found it much to her liking, and went there often. Now it comes out that recently the woman who operates the place was told to vacate, because of non-payment of a mortgage. Mae West found it out, paid off what was left, and handed the deeds to the woman.
• • "Why shouldn't I?" replied Mae. "I wanted to keep on eating there, didn't I?"
• • Source: Article: "Mae West's Generosity" printed in The Mail on page 2; published in Australia on Saturday, 24 July 1937
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2701st 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.

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