Saturday, February 05, 2011

Mae West: Irving Bacon

A busy bit parts player, known best for an on-going role in "Blondie," hooked up with a project starring the Brooklyn blonde MAE WEST in 1937.
• • Born on 6 September 1893 in St. Joseph, Missouri, Irving Bacon launched his cinema career in 1913 at the Keystone Studios, where his craggy features and athletic ability was most suitable for broad slapstick.
• • There were literally hundreds of casting directors who hired him to portray a flustered foreman, bartender, soda jerk, mailman, clerk, chauffeur, handyman, cabbie, etc. — — especially if the role called for amusing frustration or pop-eyed perplexity. During the 1930s — 1940s Irving Bacon found his calling as Mr. Crumb, the postman whose bundle of mail is pre-destined to collide with late-for-work Dagwood Bumstead in the "Blondie" series.
• • In "Every Day's a Holiday" (1937), the seasoned six-footer was seen as a quartet member.
• • TV situation comedies also made use of the versatile character actor.
• • Irving Bacon died in Hollywood, California in the month of February
— — on 5 February 1965.
• • Rita McBride's Mae West • •
• • Coming soon will be details about her Mae West sculpture in Germany — — in the Effnerplatz in the east of Munich — — and her tag-along book called WESTways.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1937 • •
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