Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mae West: Tinney Sometime

When interviewed in 1934 for an article, "Me and My Past," MAE WEST revealed that when she was young and working with the top comics, certain men greatly influenced her stage presence.  Among other matters, Mae West discussed "How Her Famous Gait Was Born with Ed Wynn and Frank Tinney" — — i.e., the development of her slow, studied, slouchy strut which commandeered all-eyes-forward attention onstage.  "Sometime" was the show they were cast in.
• • "Tinney to Replace Wynn" • •
• • Frank Tinney will appear m the role formerly played by Ed Wynn in Arthur Hammerstein's musical comedy "Sometime," when that attraction opens at the Garrick Theatre, Chicago, August 24th.
• • Ed Wynn, who was with the show last season, is now with the Shubert "Gaities of 1919," and will probably remain with it during its New York engagement. He was under contract to  the Shuberts but was loaned to Hammerstein at the time he produced "Sometime" for three years. 
• • Frank Tinney will play his role in the show in white face • •
• • Tinney will play his role in the show in white face and will receive $ l,250 a week for his services.  Wynn only obtained $800 a week from Hammerstein.   . . .
• • Mae West will also be absent from "Sometime" next season, she having arranged a vaudeville tour.  . . .
• • Source: Item in The New York Clipper;  published on Wednesday, 23 July 1919.
• • On Monday, 23 July 1934 in Film Daily • •
• • W. C. Fields wrote: I have been approached by Mae West to consider collaborating. But I want my work to stand out individually. Besides Mae has the wrong slant on this thing. She says she does her best writing in bed. Well, I do my best loafing there, and consider that that is the primary purpose of a bed. . . .
• • Source: Article: "W. C. Fields Talks About His Grand Passion" in Film Daily; published on Monday, 23 July 1934.
• • On Saturday, 23 July 1938 in Bristol, England • •
• • "At the Little Theatre — — A Mae West film" announced the Western Daily Press (Bristol, England) on Saturday, 23 July 1938. 
• • Save the Dates: 3 Mondays in August 2015 • •
• • Onstage Outlaws — — Mae West and Texas Guinan during the Lawless Prohibition Era • •
• • 3 events commemorate the Brooklyn bombshell’s August birthday in the room where she faced a judge who sent her to jail • •
• • New York's Annual Mae West Tribute: to celebrate the birthday of Brooklyn bombshell Mae West, on August 3rd and on August 10th, her films will be shown at 6:00pm. The first one, "Sextette" [1978] will be screened on August 3rd. Then "Go West Young Man" [1936] will be screened on August 10th. The August 17th multi-media presentation will feature light refreshments (courtesy of East Village Cheese) and a raffle. You could win rare films starring Texas Guinan. Or maybe a rare reprint by The New Yorker’s caricaturist Alfred Freuh or by a famous N. Y. Times illustrator.
• • Refreshment sponsor: East Village Cheese

• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's Bowery character must rank as one of the first truly liberated women ever seen onscreen since she runs a Bowery saloon [sic], fronting for owner Noah Beery, Sr.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I got my own individual style."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Hollywood columnist marveled at Mae West.
• • "Curious Mae" • •
• • Hollywood columnist Paul Harrison wrote:  For a woman who is so outspoken on certain subjects, and who has launched a thousand epigrams, Mae West is cautiously secretive. In an interview, one comes to the conclusion that she either is interested in nothing but making movies and money, or that she is putting on an act. Probably both are true. She is the only person I ever saw who could decline to answer a question without loss of poise or some defensive bristling. She is supposed to be a delver into a large library of books about famous women of history, many of whom, of course, were courtesans. Ask if this is true and you may get a throaty "Mm-m-mm," with a faint affirmative inflection. Ask the names of a few of her favorite historical characters and you will get "Mm-m-m-m," which means nothing at all.  . . .
• • Source: Syndicated article (page 11) by Paul Harrison rpt in The Racine Journal-Times (Racine, Wisconsin); published on Wednesday, 19 February 1936
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3229th 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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