Friday, June 06, 2014

Mae West: Backstage Battles

MAE WEST was 64 years old when two muscle-bound gladiators got into a brawl in her dressing room.  What lady would mind that?  Let's spy together.
• • "Mr. Universe Charges He Was Belted by Mae West Beau" • •
• • Journalist Dick West, based in Washington, DC, reported for United Press.  Dick West wrote: Muscular Mickey Hargitay, the 1956 “Mr. Universe,” charged Thursday that he was knocked out by Mae West’s boy friend Wednesday night in a brawl in her night club dressing room. Hargitay, a member of Mae’s muscle man “chorus line,” filed assault charges against Chuck Krauser, another muscular member of the troupe, as a result of a backstage battle at a local nightspot. The fight started during a news conference that Miss West, 64, had scheduled.
• • "Altercation Led to Court" • •
• • Dick West continued:  Mickey Hargitay, right, “Mr. Universe,” sports a shiner as he walks from the Municipal Court building in Washington Thursday after filing assault charges against a fellow muscle man, Chuck Krauser, center.
• • Dick West noted: Krauser knocked out Mickey Hargitay Wednesday night during an altercation in the dressing room of Mae West, left, at a Washington night club. Both men are members of the Mae West troupe.
• • Source: Syndicated UP article rpt on page 3 in the Lubbock Morning Avalanche; published on Friday, 8 June 1956.
• • On Wednesday, 6 June 1934 • •
• • Hollywood's harpy Joe Breen sent another memo (dated 6 June 1934) about changes that must be made to the upcoming Mae West film, still titled "It Ain't No Sin."
• • On Sunday, 6 June 1976 in the U.K. • •
• • In Britain the Sunday Times did an article that quoted Stanley Musgrove, who was serving as Mae's deputy for the film project "Sextette," and communicating with the young producers Dan Briggs and Robert Sullivan.  The feature was printed on Sunday, June 6, 1976.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Journalist John Kobal was sent by Great Britain's Sunday Times to interview Mae West, the veteran movie star, who was filming "Myra Breckenridge" in Los Angeles.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If i asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Hollywood entertainment mentioned Mae West.
• • Bruce Torrence wrote: In keeping with tradition of being the entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood had the distinction of being the home of Ken Murray's Blackouts, the longest running variety review in the history of American legitimate theater. Kim Murray started theatergoers laughing on June 24, 1942 when the blackouts first opened at the El Capitan Theatre, formerly the Hollywood Playhouse Theatre on Vine Street.  ...
• • Bruce Torrence wrote:The opening night audience, which included such entertainment celebrities as Mae West, Al Jolson, and Rudy Valley, responded favorably to the new show.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Ken Murray's Blackouts" written by Bruce Torrence; published on Sunday, 2 February 2014
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2930th 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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• • Mae West in 1954

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:47 PM

    Hi I made a tribute to Mae West if you would like to see! :D