Monday, September 28, 2015

Mae West: Roger Carmel

MAE WEST worked with an American actor who was born at the end of September.
• • Roger Carmel [27 September 1932 — 11 November 1986] • •
• • Born in Brooklyn, NY, Roger Charles Carmel was named after his grandfather, Roger Charles, who carved the horses for the iconic carousel in New York's Central Park. The little boy bounced into this world on Tuesday, 27 September 1932 during the Depression Era.
• • Roger Carmel decided to become an actor and he played a stagehand (uncredited) on the big screen in "Stage Struck" [1958] when he was 26 years old. 
• • In 1961, he snagged his first TV credit for the series "Great Ghost Tales."  Small screen projects suited him; he appeared on various series, did TV commercials and voice-overs for characters such as Smokey the Bear.
• • From 1958 — 1987, Roger Carmel racked up 79 credits, mainly for television work. According the IMBd, only 16 credits were for motion pictures (and several were for uncredited minor parts).
• • In 1970 he had the good fortune to be cast in "Myra Breckinridge" starring Mae West; he was seen as Dr. Randolph Spencer Montag.
• • He said bye-bye to his film fans after appearing in a Jerry Lewis film "Hardly Working" [1980], though his TV guest starring jobs continued. 
• • Roger Carmel died of congestive heart failure in Hollywood, California on Tuesday, 11 November 1986.  He was 54.
• • On Sunday, 28 September 1930 • •
• • Mae West decided to take her play "Sex" on the road during August 1930.  The N.Y. Times reported that "Sex" was booked in the Midwest.  The engagement at the Garrick Theatre in Chicago began on Sunday, 28 September 1930.
• • On Wednesday, 28 September 1932 • •
• • This statement was taken from the court case of People v. Voiler: The first indictment charged appellant and two co-defendants, Harry Voiler (a.k.a. Edward Friedman) and Cohen, with robbing one Mae West on Wednesday, September 28, 1932, taking from her money and jewelry [2 Cal. App. 2d 727] valued at $15,400.
• • The case went to trial and Mae West testified.
• • On Saturday, 28 September 1974 • •
• • The colorful Mae West room in Dalí Theatre and Museum opened on Saturday, 28 September 1974.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West has gone to sea — — maybe she's giving the sailing lads the eagle eye for her next epic! 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Biographies — — that's what I like best.  I like everything that is true, I mean.  Everything that happened, otherwise I'm not interested.  If I wanna read fiction, somepin (sic) that isn't true, I can dream it myself if I want."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian newspaper discussed the latest film written by Mae West.
• • "Mae West in Tale of Wild West — — Rousing Comedy Scenes" • •
• • Te Pana wrote:  The growing circle of comedy purists who would like to see slapstick retain its pristine glory on the screen have a worthy exhibit in 'My Little Chickadee,' at the Tivoli this week.
• • Te Pana wrote:  If I ask you — — What could be funnier than W. C. Fields as a patent medicine vendor turned masked bandit, and Mae West, late of the honky-tonks, as a little desert flower blooming brighter every hour?  . . .
• • Source: Film Review by Te Pana for The Courier-Mail (Brisbane); published on Saturday, 28 September 1940
• • 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 3276th 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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