Monday, July 15, 2013

Mae West: Stanley Price

MAE WEST played Cleo Borden in "Goin' to Town" — — and Stanley Price was seen as an attendant.
• • Stanley Price [31 December 1892 — 13 July 1955] • •
• • Born in Atchison, Kansas on the last day of 1892, Stanley L. Price yearned to stretch his legs on a big wide movie lot.
• • From 1922 — 1955, Stanley Price guest-starred three times on popular TV shows and was seen in 222 motion pictures. Casting agents fingered him when they needed a henchman, cattle rustler, or gun-toting type.  Without ever achieving stardom, he worked often and was versatile enough to play a banker, barkeep, chemist, cowboy, drummer, native, reporter, prosecutor, mean-looking outlaw, sheriff, or nobleman.
• • Stanley Price worked with Mae West in "Goin' to Town" [1935]. He was used in every genre from comedy to Westerns to crime dramas to Sci-Fi, working regularly until the end of his life. His final film credit was as a slave in "The Ten Commandments" [1956], and during production Price rubbed shoulders with an actor who would eventually work with Mae West — — John Carradine.  In "Myra Breckinridge" [1970] John Carradine played the surgeon.
• • Stanley Price had a heart attack. He died in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, 13 July 1955.  He was 62.
• • On Monday, 15 July 1974 • •
• • Edward Field's poem “Mae West” was published on page 30 in The New Yorker's issue dated for the week of Monday, 15 July 1974.
• • 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: "I give 'em what they want to see."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Advocate (in Tasmania) discussed and praised Mae West.
• • "Mae West at Burnie Theatre" • •
• • The Advocate wrote: "Mae West at Burnie Theatre" began this way: Mae West, claimed to be the most spectacular figure on the stage or screen to-day, will be seen at the Burnie Theatre to-morrow night in her first Paramount starring picture, "She Done Him Wrong," a melodrama which she herself wrote. "She Done Him Wrong" is a story of a section of New York during the "gay nineties," with its collection of cabarets, "tough" men and frivolous women.
• • Source: Article in The Advocate; published on Friday, 13 July 1934
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2693rd 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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