Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mae West: Sheldon Jett

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.  Sheldon Jett played  the homely polo  player.
• • Sheldon Jett [1901 — 1 February 1960] • •
• • In 1901 Sheldon Jett was born in Neodesha, Kansas as "Shelton" Jett. By 1932, the 31-year-old newcomer had an uncredited part in "What Price Hollywood?
• • From 1932 — 1952, he spent 20 years as a bit parts player in 56 featured films. Mainly cast for comic relief, Jett was used as a single-scene card player, clerk, fat man, escort, eunuch attendant, large critic, passenger, party guest, pupil, tourist, and the like.
• • He had the privilege of working with Mae West in 1935 on "Goin' to Town." Several actors played jockeys and equestrians and Sheldon Jett was billed as "the homely polo  player."
• • After two decades in the business, he bid adieu to his fans after playing a Dutch tourist in his last motion picture "Macao" [1952]. During the making of this film, Jett rubbed shoulders with another former Mae West cast member, Philip Ahn, who had played Wing, the Frisco Doll's Asian servant, in the San Francisco scenes of  "Klondike Annie."
• • Sheldon Jett died in New York City on Monday, 1 February 1960. He was 59.
• • On Saturday, 19 March 1927 • •
• • Signing the "Sex" checks • •
• • Mae West signed the "Sex" checks. Three promissory notes dated for Saturday, 19 March 1927 from the Moral Producing Corporation, $1000 each to Harold Spielberg, signed on the verso in original ink "Mae West" together with a check drawn on the Bowery and East River National Bank, dated 2 March 1927, signed by Mae West as President of the Moral Producing Corporation.
• • Sold in 1994 by the NYC auction house Christies. The sale was "Film and Television Memorabilia" and Mae's items were Lot 65.
• • On Monday, 19 March 1934 in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's motion picture, with a working title of "It Ain't No Sin," began production in mid-March — — on Monday, 19 March 1934. In the script, Ruby Carter, the American beauty queen of the night club and sporting world set, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The second installment of Mae West's real life story will appear in the July 1934 issue of New Movie Magazine.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "You've got to fight in this world! You've got to fight to get there — — and fight to stay there."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Variety discussed the "Klondike Annie" costumes worn by Mae West.
• • Variety wrote:  "Miss West is handicapped by having to wear rather dowdy dresses in about half the footage. In other portions, she struts fine feathers and wears a set of furs that will make the women gasp. ..."
• • Source: Review in Variety; published on Wednesday, 18 March 1936 
• • 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 3138th 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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