Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mae West: With Trout in York

George Trout was a young man when he was alone with MAE WEST in 1952.
• • Meeting Mae West • •
• • Brandie Kessler wrote:  George Trout was 23 years old when he found himself alone with Mae West in her dressing room.  She was performing with the Kenley Players in York, Pennsylvania and Trout did the music for the shows.  After the first performance, Mae West asked George Trout to stay late and help her rehearse her music cues.
• • Brandie Kessler explained:  Trout asked her for an interview for the radio station, and because he stayed late to help her, she agreed.  After the interview, the two were alone in West's dressing room.   As they talked, West walked behind a screen.
• • Brandie Kessler noted:  Now 85-years-old, Trout said he couldn't believe he had the chance to interview West, or that he got to do something few others have done.  "I was in Mae West's dressing room when she got changed," he said.  . . .
• • Trout will be selling copies of his memoir at York Traditions Bank, 2450 Eastern Boulevard, in Springettsbury Township, PA in July.
• • Source: Article "George Trout pens book about his life, encounters with sports and entertainment icons" written by Brandie Kessler for The York Daily Record; published on Sunday, 19 April 2014.
• • Legendary theatrical producer, John Kenley, who launched The Kenley Players in 1940 in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, died on Friday, 23 October 2009. He was 103.
• • On Sunday, 22 April 1928 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • On Sunday, 22 April 1928, The New York Times was purring about Mae West. On the theatre page was an announcement that "Diamond Lil" was the most prosperous of all the recent stage productions. Broadway backers paid attention, noticing that Mae had given the Royale Theatre its first hit — — a non-musical, no less.
• • On Saturday, 22 April 1939 • •
• • The papers reported this item on Saturday, 22 April 1939:  An interested spectator of the Fiesta parade yesterday was Mae West, who is in San Antonio, Texas for an engagement at the Majestic Theater.  
• • In honor of her visit in 1939, The Menger Hotel in San Antonio dedicated a "Mae West Suite" to the screen star.  Very enterprising.
• • Sold on Friday, 22 April 1994 • •
• • The silver gelatin print "Mae West and Adoring Musclemen" by Dean Loomis was sold at an auction held at Swann Galleries on Friday, 22 April 1994. Someone at this NYC auction house misdated the original as 1961 when this photo was clearly taken six years earlier.  Tsk.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY Hollywood — Paramount now has actress Mae West and 74 players, 19 directors, and 74 writers under contract, according to its latest roster.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Frank Wallace?  I never heard of this guy!"
• • Mae West said: “I think the movies are going too far these days. They’re using sex as a crutch; whenever the story starts to drag, they throw in a naked body so you’ll forget how lousy the script is. That’s a mistake. When you have a good story, you don’t have to throw the sex in. I suppose the sex picture finds a certain kind of audience, but I don’t think the studios will make much money from such movies."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Brooklyn Daily Eagle mentioned Mae West.
• • "Lil Between Covers" • •
• • Dell Publishing has just issued a quarter reprint of Mae West's "Diamond Lil," the novel based on her play, to coincide with her return to Broadway in George Brandt's production which opens at the Broadway Theater a week from tomorrow.  Two hundred thousand copies were printed on the first order.
• • This marks the third time that her book has been published, first by Macaulay Company, then by Sheridan House, Inc., and now as a paperback by Dell.
• • Source: Item in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle;  published on Friday, 7  September 1951
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2897th 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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