Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mae West: LeRoy Stone

In September 1934, MAE WEST was involved in promoting her fourth feature for Paramount Pictures: "Belle of the Nineties." This motion picture was released on Friday, 21 September 1934.  For the film editing, we can thank LeRoy Stone.
• • LeRoy Stone [5 January 1894 — 15 September 1949] • •
• • Born in San Francisco, California on 5 January 1894 was LeRoy Stone.
• • By the time he was 22 years old, he was in Tinseltown and editing films during the silent screen era.  He did a lot of flickers and transitioned easily to talkies.
• • In 1934, he did the film editing on "Belle of the Nineties" starring Mae.
• • In 1935, he did the film editing on "Goin' to Town" once again starring Mae.
• • From 1916 — 1949 he worked steadily on five dozen projects for the silver screen.
• • LeRoy Stone died in Santa Monica, California on Thursday, 15 September 1949. He was 55.
• • On Tuesday, 18 September 1951 • •
• • "University Theatre Plans Film Opener" • •
• • On Tuesday, 18 September 1951, The Cornell Daily Sun announced that "My Little Chickadee," featuring Mae West and the late W. C. Fields, will open the University Theatre season with shows in Willard Straight at 7pm and 9:15pm on Friday and Saturday night.
• • On Thursday, 18 September 1980 • •
• • It was September when Mae West was in the hospital and not doing well.  On Thursday, 18 September 1980, the Hollywood icon suffered a second stroke, and this left her right side paralyzed.  Dreadful.
• • See "Diamond Lil" This Autumn! • •
• • By popular demand, actress Darlene Violette — — and the wonderful cast who brought the Bowery denizens and Suicide Hall’s ne’er-do-wells to life — — will return in “Diamond Lil” for several evening performances at Don’t Tell Mama [343 W. 46th Street] on these dates in 2013:
• • 7:00pm on Sunday September 22nd. 
• • 7:30pm on Sunday October 27th — Hallowe'en Party — come in 1890s costume!
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 3rd — vote for Gus Jordan for Sheriff Night.
• • 8:30pm on Sunday November 10th
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 17th
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 24th
• • Phone after 4pm to reserve a seat: 212-757-0788; RSVP online:
• • Closest MTA subway stations: 42nd St./ Times Sq. via A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 
• • The public is invited (suitable for age 18 and over). Join us as we turn the iconic NYC nightspot Don't Tell Mama into Gus Jordan's "Suicide Hall"! 
• • The Cast: Starring Darlene Violette as Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery and also featuring Sidney Myer, Anthony DiCarlo, Joanna Bonaro, Gary Napoli, Juan Sebastian Cortes, Kimmy Foskett, Jim Gallagher and live music by Brian McInnis
• • Director: Co-directed by Dena Tyler, The Actors Studio, and Darlene Violette.
• • Come up and see for yourself. You might even win a swell Raffle Prize.
• • Read a Review of "Diamond Lil" • •
• • L'Idea Magazine's editors attended four times and had a lot to say. Here's the link:
• • Staying faithful to the gritty themes in the novel, LindaAnn Loschiavo trimmed the work to 85 minutes for a cast of eight.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Men, in fact, are generally regarded as my weakness. It is instinctive for a woman to want a man to protect her."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • NY1 News mentioned Mae West.
• • Budd Mishkin wrote:  In all, Alvin Colt says there are 3,000 sketches.  And almost as many stories about people with whom he's worked.
• • Budd Mishkin wrote: “One of the critics said that Orson [Wells] had everything in it but the kitchen sink, so at curtain call, he used to push out the kitchen sink,” Alvin Colt recalls.
• • Budd Mishkin wrote: And meeting Mae West for a show that eventually was scrapped. "I'm in this room all by myself, waiting, and my goodness, this is Mae West's bedroom, what am I doing in here?” says Colt.
• • Budd Mishkin wrote: But dish the dirt on camera about stars he's worked with? Never.  "No no no, that wouldn't be fair. That would be bad,” he says.  Colt is too much of a gentleman to do that, a product of a different era. ...
• • Source: Article:  "Broadway Costume Designer Alvin Colt" written by Budd Mishkin for NY1 News; published on Monday, 25 June 2007
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2744th 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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