Monday, May 14, 2018

Mae West: Hunt Stromberg

On Tuesday, May 14, 1968, MAE WEST was featured in the syndicated and popular Hollywood column written by Dorothy Manners.
• • Dorothy Manners wrote:  Mae West, who's done as much to publicize sex as anybody, is due back doing business at the same old stand in "Sextet" at Warners—7 Arts. This is the kick-off picture for James Aubrey and Hunt Stromberg on their recently signed multiple—movie contract with the studio. Story is about a sexy lady who gyrates through six marriages to “tall, dark and handsome" hunks of masculinity — — the kind Mae West likes. 
• • Dorothy Manners wrote:  The screenplay, of course, is by Hunt Stromberg in addition to his associate producer duties.
• • Hunt Stromberg [12 July 1894 — 23 August 1968] was a film producer during Hollywood's Golden Age. Four months after this item ran, he died.
• • Hunt Stromberg, who produced all of Jean Harlow’s films and worked with the greatest and most durable screen stars, was the first producer added to the Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers in 1942 after the group had been formed.
• • On Tuesday, 14 May 1968 • •
• • "A Night with Mae West at Universal City Studios" was a broadcast event. The program was aired on Tuesday, 14 May 1968.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • USC all-American back O. J. Simpson signed for the TV special "A Night with Mae West."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "This was not the first time two men had fought over me.  No.  But not in public like this. I prefer doing things behind closed doors." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A daily columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • Bill Wundram: A Legend Dies in Our Arms • • 
• • Movie heartthrob Cary Grant dies before show in Davenport • •
• • Bill Wundram wrote: Cary Grant's sudden death in Davenport brought tears from here to Hollywood and around the world Sunday, as fans and friends mourned the passing of the 82-year-old movie legend.
• • Bill Wundram wrote: Cary Grant was stricken before his scheduled performance at Davenport's Adler Theatre. He kept apologizing to his Quad-City hosts, and his last words may have been, "I'm sorry that I can't go on."  He was taken from the Blackhawk Hotel to St. Luke's Hospital about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, and was pronounced dead at 11:22 p.m. of a massive stroke. Davenport cardiologist James Gilson, who tried to save the famous actor, summed up the mood: "Guys like Cary Grant are supposed to live forever."
• • Bill Wundram wrote: It was to Cary Grant that Mae West tendered the most famous, and frequently misquoted, proposition in movie history: "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"
• • He was born Archibald Leach on 18 January 1904, in Bristol, England, the only child of an unhappy marriage.  . . .
• • Source: Bill Wundram for Quad City Times [Davenport, Iowa]; published on Saturday, 29 November 1986
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3958th 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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