MAE WEST worked with the very versatile Eddie Sutherland, who directed her motion picture comedy "Every Day's a Holiday" in 1937. An interesting article was written about him in 1939.
• • Born in London, England in early January, A. Edward Sutherland [5 January 1895 — 31 December 1973] hailed from a theatrical family.
• • "Who's Who in Hollywood" • •
• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 211 • • •
• • A. Edward Sutherland. Director. Born in England, January 1897, of American parents. Attended school in France and England before coming to the United States, where he attended Roxbury Latin School, Boston. Entered pictures in 1915, acting with Helen Holmes in a serial, "The Girl and the Game."
• • Became a Keystone Kop. Was a member of Royal Flying Corps during World War. Was a leading man with Bebe Daniels and others at Realart. Was assistant to Charlie Chaplin for three years. Made his directorial bow on "Coming Thru," starring Thomas Meighan. Has directed Eddie Cantor, Bing Crosby, WilSiam Powell, Will Rogers, Spencer Tracy, Doug- las Fairbanks, Mae West, Edward Arnold, W. C. Fields, Clara Bow, Wally Beery, Raymond Hatton, Raymond Griffith, Gladys Swarthout, Joan Bennett, Rudy Vallee, Jack Oakie and others. Directed "Diamond Jim," "Every Day's a Holiday," "Mississippi," "Too Much Harmony," "International House," "Behind the Front," "We're in the Navy Now," "Close Harmony."
• • Now with Boris Morros Prods.
• • Source: Item in The Film Daily; published on Wednesday, 19 July 1939.
• • On Sunday, 23 January 1927 in the New York Herald Tribune • •
• • When The New York Herald Tribune sent a journalist to cover "Sex," this newspaper printed the longest diatribe (perhaps) against Mae's play in their weekend edition on Sunday, 23 January 1927.
• • The Herald Tribune drama desk reviewer wrote: "It may be said of [Mae West] and "Sex" that they do not make sin attractive. The hell they picture is uninviting, a horrible place whose principal lady-viper has a tough hiss, an awkward strut and an over-plump figure. ..."
• • The newspaper had published another harsh review months before on 27 April 1926 but, for some reason, sent a reporter to take a second look. Since when is it fair to mock an actress because she's carrying a few extra pounds, eh? A stunning example of what critics scratch out when lost for words or unable to make valid points about a stage play.
• • On Wednesday, 23 January 1929 in Variety • •
• • "Diamond Lil" had its Chicago premiere on 20 January 1929 at the Apollo Theatre. A few days later, Mae West was troubled by terrible stomach pains that forced showtime delays or unusually long intermissions. Variety reported on Mae's suffering and its effect on her engagement in The Windy City in their issue dated on Wednesday, 23 January 1929.
• • Recorded on Monday, 23 January 1950 by NBC • •
• • This radio program was pre-recorded on Monday, 23 January 1950 for a national broadcast on NBC on 16 February 1950 to ensure that, if there were any unforeseen blips or sultry innuendo, this content could be erased by their audio engineers.
• • "The Chesterfield Supper Club," sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes, was pre-taped on January 23rd. Mae sang a duet with Perry Como and she told her version of "Little Red Riding Hood." The 28-minute show starred the host Perry Como, Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra, and guest-starred Mae West and The Fontane Sisters. Announcer: Martin Block. This is a funny episode and a good audio is available.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Offer Ten Grand to Mae" • •
• • Chicago — Mae West has received an offer to appear at a World's Fair spot at $10,000 a week. Balaban and Katz also are trying to make a deal for her to appear at one of their Loop houses this summer and it is possible arrangements may be made for her to play the theater and double at the Fair.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I’m my own original creation. I concentrate on myself most of the time. That’s the only way a person can become a star in the true sense. I never wanted a love that meant surrender of my self-possession."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Brooklyn, N. Y. — "Beau Geste" scores smash at Fox Brooklyn establishing record gross for opening day, exceeded only by New Year's and Christmas opening and a Mae West personal appearance. . . .
• • Source: Item in The Film Daily; published on Monday, 21 August 1939
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