Friday, September 13, 2013

Mae West: Robert Y. Dudley

MAE WEST played Cleo Borden in "Goin' to Town" [1935] — — and Robert Y. Dudley played a deputy.
• • Robert Y. Dudley [13 September 1869 — 12 November 1955] • •
• • Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in the month of September — — on Monday 13 September 1869 — — was a tiny tot named Robert Y. Dudley. Educated in Illinois, he majored in oral surgery, and became a dentist. But he wasn't just interested in porcelain crowns.  The silver screen intrigued him, too.  By 1917, he got himself cast as a clerk in a silent movie.
• • From 1917 — 1951, Robert Y. Dudley played bit parts in over 100 motion pictures. He also founded the "Troupers Club of Hollywood."
• • In 1935, halfway through his Tinseltown traipse, the five-foot-nine character actor had the privilege of working with Mae West in "Goin' to Town."
• • As his retirement approached, Dudley made a few last appearances during the early 1950s.  He worked with Lyle Talbot, a Mae West alum from "Go West Young Man" [1936], in a comedy called "The Jackpot" [1950].
• • Robert Y. Dudley died in San Clemente, California on 12 November 1955. He was 86.
• • On Sunday, 13 September 1953 • •
• • Walter Ames wrote the amusing article "Who's Marilyn Monroe, Queen Mae West Asks" for The Los Angeles Times.  His piece ran on the front page — — of the weekend edition dated for Sunday, 13 September 1953.
• • On Saturday, 13 September 1969 • •
• • Michael Sarne was writing a lot to Mae West during the autumn of 1969 as he developed the cinema version of "Myra Breckinridge." In a letter dated for Saturday, 13 September 1969, he asked Mae to hurry up and get her comments on the revised screenplay to him as soon as possible.
• • Dear Mae, As you know, our script has been going through a lot of changes ... • •
• • He promised he was giving more thought to other ways to involve her character Leticia Van Allen in the central plot. Mae West, of course, got top billing.
Darlene Violette stars as Diamond Lil
• • 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 15th and 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: “The wages of sin are sables and a film contract.”
• • Mae West said: "Look beautiful at the breakfast table."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about upcoming shows on TV mentioned Mae West.
• • TV Guide wrote: Hollywood — 13 September 1958.  Mae West, now 66, will soon star a five-a-week, late-night, quarter-hour show locally, then has plans for a film series, "Klondike Lou."  ...
• • Source: Item: "TV News Shorts" written by staff for TV Guide; published on Saturday, 13 September 1958 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2741st 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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