Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mae West: Ed Nassour

The Nassour Brothers aimed to bring MAE WEST back to the screen, according to an article in Showmen's Trade Review in the year 1949.
• • Edward Nassour says: "Tailor Made" Is a Must • •
• • Declaring that independent production has to be "tailor made" if it hoped to compete with major product. Studio Owner-Producer Ed Nassour declared in New York last weekend that he and his brother William would produce and release approximately four a year.
• • "You have to practically insure them with ideas," he said of independent production which is a new venture to him. His first four are: "Africa Screams," "Daybreak," "Mrs. Mike" and an un-titled feature which will bring Mae West back to the screen. Associated with him and his brother are actor Donald Crisp as editorial chief and Bernard Luber as executive assistant.
• • Source: Item in Showmen's Trade Review; published on Saturday, 26 March 1949.
• • Note:  Born in Colorado, Edward Nassour [7 April 1911 — 15 December 1962] was a film producer, businessman, and special effects animator.
• • On Saturday, 20 July 1935 • •
• • On 20 July 1935, The Evening Capital let its readers know about an unusual evening when they printed this headline: "Mae West Dines With Gov. Nice."  Harry W. Nice [1877 — 1941] was Governor of Maryland for four years, from 1935 to 1939.
• • On Monday, 20 July 1942 • •
• • Subscribers of the Reading Eagle opened their morning edition dated for Monday, 20 July 1942 and saw this juicy bit on page 14: "Mae West Requests Divorce from Wallace on 'Cruelty'."
• • On Sunday, 20 July 1952 • •
• • Connecticut reporter Joe De Bona interviewed Mae West and asked her, "If all the men in the world suddenly died, would you want to go on living?"
• • Her reply was printed in the Connecticut Sunday Herald on 20 July 1952. Mae responded, "No, there would be no sense in it."
• • On Monday, 20 July 1964 • •
• • The Hollywood Reporter published an article on Mae West,  "Very Warm for Mae." It ran in their issue dated for Monday, 20 July 1964.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Baltimore: Al Rosen, former manager of Loew's State in New York, is in town with, and presenting Mae West in "Diamond Lil" at Ford's Theatre.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Frank Wallace came to court with 'unclean' hands."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily Banner mentioned Mae West.
• • From Mae West, who has a planned television special in the works for Robert Wise Productions, in an interview with Dave Kaufman of the Hollywood trade paper “Variety”: “College kids see my pictures on TV, and I’m getting lots of fan mail because of it. They have formed a fan club, and now it’s worldwide. In the last five years, I made two rock-and-roll albums. I was a blues singer, and there is a similarity between blues and rock. One of my albums sold 100,000 copies.”  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Daily Banner (Indiana); published on Thursday,  18 July 1968  
• • Image: Mae West, in 1968, poses with the Hollywood film directors George Cukor and Robert Wise
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past twelve years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,400 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started twelve years ago in July 2004.
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