According to a biography of John Lodge, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1929, MAE WEST tapped the tall, dark, handsome newcomer for the Captain Cummings role. After the six-foot-one attorney took a screen test, Paramount Pictures snagged him. But his tony East Coast family, very aware of Mae's bawdy plays, arrest record, and prison headlines, did not want their privileged son associated with such a controversial female.
• • John Davis Lodge [20 October 1903 — 29 October 1985] • •
• • The Harvard Law Bulletin wrote: According to a new biography of John Lodge (Harvard 1929), which chronicles his career in the family business of politics and diplomacy. But the book also delves into the life of the young Lodge, who deviated from the Brahmin path when a gal named Mae West told him to "come up and see me sometime." Lodge was perhaps the only man who ever said no.
• • The Harvard Law Bulletin explained: Thomas DeLong, author of "John Davis Lodge: A Life in Three Acts," writes that Lodge caught the attention of the screen siren Mae West when, as a young attorney, he vacationed in Los Angeles and took a screen test. He was soon signed to a major studio contract. Mae West saw the photo of the tall and debonair Lodge and demanded him as her costar for her next film, "She Done Him Wrong." But Lodge did West wrong, buckling to family pressure and pulling out of the project. He was replaced by a promising young actor named Cary Grant.
• • Lodge did act in several supporting roles in film and theater, working with Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich. Though he later enjoyed a prominent career as a Connecticut congressman, governor, and ambassador, Lodge, who died in 1985, did have one regret. You Mae guess what that was.
• • Source: Article written by L.R. for The Harvard Law Bulletin; published Summer 2001.
• • John Davis Lodge died in New York City on Tuesday, 29 October 1985. He was 83.
• • On Friday, 20 October 1933 • •
• • The Wyoming readers of the Natrona County daily newspaper saw a startling image — — on the movies page — — in the Friday, 20 October 1933 issue of the Tribune-Herald. Mae West was inviting her public to "come up and see me."
• • Printed on page 4 was the movie star Mae West, cupping her hands under her breasts in a motion picture advertisement for Paramount Pictures. Hubba-hubba!
• • On Saturday, 20 October 1934 in Popular Song Hits • •
• • Popular Song Hits Magazine featured Mae West on the cover of issue number 6 dated for Saturday, 20 October 1934. What a spectacular gown on Mae adorning the black and white front page. Weekend whoopee.
• • On Monday, 20 October 1947 • •
• • It was on Monday, 20 October 1947 that Mae West was photographed at Euston Station en route to Manchester to present "Diamond Lil" onstage. Some of her elaborate stage gowns were trimmed with Battenberg lace.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Going to help redistribute a nice chunk of the nation's coin. Mae West is today the biggest conversation-provoker, free space grabber and all-around box office bet in the country.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Money doesn't buy happiness but money is a great love potion for an affair. It buys a good bed with clean linens and time to enjoy it all. If you have money, you don't have to worry about it, and worrying spoils your looks."
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• • The Straits Times discussed Mae West.
• • "Threat to Mae West — —7 Men Arrested for Racketeering Effort" • •
• • Hollywood — — Seven men have been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to extort $1,000 from the film star Mae West, under threats of disfiguring her with acid.
• • The police later released six of the men, detaining a Greek immigrant George Janios, the 38-year-old employee of a studio and restaurant, on a charge of suspected extortion.
• • Source: Item in The Straits Times (Singapore); published on Sunday, 20 October 1935
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