Monday, March 16, 2015

Mae West: Julia Griffith

An enormous international cast was assembled to do justice to MAE WEST's ambitious screenplay "Now I'm a Lady" centered around the horsey set. Script approval was granted by the Hays Commission on 1 April 1935 and the motion picture was released by Paramount Pictures in the USA on 25 April 1935 under a new title — —  "Goin' to Town."
• • The production began shortly before Christmas on  Wednesday, 19 December 1934. On Friday, 4 January 1935, Francois B. de Valdez was hired as technical adviser on South American sequences. The film wrapped up a month later on Saturday, 9 February 1935. Julia Griffith played one of the society matrons who are opposed to Cleo Borden's entry into their group.
• • Julia Griffith [2 February 1880 — 21 November 1961] • •
• • Born in Iowa on Monday, 2 February 1880 was a little sweet face  Julia Griffith. By 1925, she was in Hollywood, where the 45-year-old matron made her first uncredited appearance as a train passenger in the short "Don't Tell Dad."
• • Between 1925 — 1943, she was seen in close to 200 motion pictures, most often in minor bits such as the bystander, customer, donor, dowager, party guest, police woman, opera spectator, old maid schoolteacher, seance attendee, servant, town gossip, woman eating soup, etc.
• • She had the privilege of working with Mae West in "Goin' to Town" [1935], where she was one of the difficult society matrons.  During the 1930s, she did participate in a bigger way in "Lawless Range" [1935], where she worked with John Wayne and a former Mae cast mate Sam Flint, who played the fire chief in "Belle of the Nineties." Julia had a meatier role in "Forced Landing" [1935], where she would have rubbed shoulders with Ralf Harolde, memorable as Slick Wiley, Tira's shady boyfriend in "I'm No Angel" starring Mae. Julie probably enjoyed working with the Marx Brothers in "A Night at the Opera" [1935]. She bade farewell to Tinseltown after a minor part in "Girl Crazy" [1943].
• • Julia Griffith died in Pacific Palisades, California on Tuesday, 21 November 1961. She was 81.
• • On Friday, 16 March 1934 in Los Angeles • •
• • Among the Oscar nominations for "Best Picture" was "She Done Him Wrong."
• • On Friday, 16 March 1934 in Los Angeles • •
• • The soundtrack to the motion picture "Belle of the Nineties" was recorded at Hollywood Paramount Studios in L.A. On Friday, 16 March 1934, Mae West did the vocals for "Memphis Blues" backed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.
• • On 16 March 1940 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • The New York Times movie critic Frank S. Nugent wrote: "My Little Chickadee," at the Roxy, in which the two comic soloists are trying to sing a duet, is an effort greatly strained. Oh, my. He didn't like it.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, the year's sensation, has been photographed exclusively for The New Movie Magazine by Robert W. Coburn.  It's Mae day in the movies.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Love the men, ladies — — but not too much."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A campus newspaper in New York City did a spoof on Mae West.
• •  "I want the 'Anatomy of Mae West'," Alex demanded casually of the librarian. ...
• • Source: Item in "The Off Hour" for The Columbia Daily Spectator; published on Friday, 16 March 1934
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,430 visitors. We reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,100 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3135th 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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