Monday, April 20, 2015

Mae West: Allan Nixon

Many actors from the stage and screen joined the cast of MAE WEST's show, "Ring Twice Tonight," on its American regional tour circuit.  Mae had the starring role of Carliss Dale in the  play "Come On Up (Ring Twice)," when it toured during 1946 — 1947.
• • The play's title was "Come On Up" and "Ring Twice Tonight," eventually combining both phrases. Let's learn more about Allan Nixon, who originated the role of Buddy / sailor.
• • Allan Nixon [17 August 1915 — 13 April 1995] • •
• • Born in Boston on Tuesday, 17 August 1915, Allan Nixon had a gift for journalism. He majored in newspaper writing at the University of Richmond on a football scholarship. He also pursued a career in wrestling. But while he still had his good looks, he was taken on by  John Robert Powers modeling agency in New York City. MGM was cruising through their client list, spotted Nixon, and flew him to Tinseltown.
• • If Nixon had high hopes, they were quickly dashed. He had a small uncredited part as a soldier in "Rookies on Parade" [1941] and similar war-time motion pictures, in which was was cast as a cadet or recruit. In his mid-twenties by then, no doubt he felt capable of more.  In 1942 he married the beautiful film actress Marie Wilson. Eventually, he was called to duty and served with the Signal Corps.
• • With the war over, many actors returned to the studios and Nixon's personal star was not rising. He started to drink and his arrests for brawling were reported in the trades, making casting agents more wary of using him.
• • Going on tour with Mae West during 1946 — 1947 gave him regular work, a steady paycheck, and a welcome dose of self confidence. He followed Mae's regional tour with other stage work with Gladys George in "Rain." Additionally, both he and his wife Marie were cast in "The School for Scandal" and "Three Out of Four." Some more film work came his way, thanks to his wife's popularity.
• • Nevertheless, his career prospects took a hit when red-rimmed headlines of his barroom brawls put producers off. The battle with the bottle also ended his three marriages.
• • Between 1941 — 1961, he made 31 appearances in feature films and on TV. His last appearances were in popular TV Westerns.
• • In 1962, he turned his life around. His fourth marriage seemed harmonious and he returned to his first love: writing.  He churned out some potboilers — — "Blessed Are the Damned," "The Sex Symbol," "The Bitch Goddess" — — which brought him recognition, a fan base, and a steady income. 
• • Allan Nixon died of emphysema in Los Angeles on Thursday, 13 April 1995. He was 79.
• • On Wednesday, 20 April 1921 in The New York Clipper • •
• • The New York Clipper wrote:  Willie and Eugene Howard, Aunt Jemima, Aileen Stanley, Walter Brower, Cooper and Ricardo, Harry Rose, Mae West, Sammy White, Eileen Rooney, Moran and Wiser,  Ina Hayward, Jack Strouse and Ferdinand appeared at the Century Theatre, Sunday night last.
• • On Sunday, 22 April 1928 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • On Sunday, 22 April 1928, The New York Times was purring about Mae West. On the theatre page was an announcement that "Diamond Lil" was the most prosperous of all the recent stage productions. Broadway backers paid attention, noticing that Mae had given the Royale Theatre its first hit — — a non-musical, no less.
• • On Saturday, 22 April 1939 • •
• • The papers reported this item on Saturday, 22 April 1939:  An interested spectator of the Fiesta parade yesterday was Mae West, who is in San Antonio, Texas for an engagement at the Majestic Theater. 
• • In honor of her visit in 1939, The Menger Hotel in San Antonio dedicated a "Mae West Suite" to the screen star.  Very enterprising.
• • Sold on Friday, 22 April 1994 • •
• • The silver gelatin print "Mae West and Adoring Musclemen" by Dean Loomis was sold at an auction held at Swann Galleries on Friday, 22 April 1994. Someone at this NYC auction house mis-dated the original as 1961 when this photo was taken years earlier.  Tsk.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The name of today's sex kitten Brigitte Bardot comes to the white living room and Mae West shrugs off the siren of the Seine's shedding of clothes. "If you have to resort to that," says Mae, "you just haven't got it."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “The curve is the loveliest distance between two points.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A New Zealand broadcast mentioned Mae West.
• • The Myra Breckinridge Affair – 20 April 2013 • •
• • Last week on "The Affair," Hikaru Freeman dared Johnny Lemon to watch the infamous "Myra Breckinridge," one of the first mainstream American films to deal with LGBTIQ lives.  As you can note from the trailer, it had quite the cast . . . .  Let’s just say that Hikaru and Johnny agreed on it much like David and Margaret. . . . 
• • Presenter of "The Affair" with Hikaru Freeman (Saturdays at 6pm AET, 8pm NZT) and part of the JOY-Eurovision team.
• • Source: Item in Joy 94.9 radio New Zealand; published on Saturday, 20 April 2013
• • 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 3160th 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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