And May goes on

Given my keen grasp of the obvious, it seems implausible that I would get through all these iterations of the month of May without once making a reference to Swedish actress May Britt, which turns out to be her first name: she was born Maybritt Wilkens in 1934.

May Britt does her best Marlene Dietrich

For some reason, in 1959, 20th Century-Fox decided to remake Josef von Sternberg’s 1930 classic The Blue Angel, with May Britt as Lola-Lola. May had legs, and she knew how to use them, but the reviews were terrible, and Sternberg actually sued Fox for allegedly diminishing the value of his original. They settled out of court.

May Britt does indeed know how to use them

Also in 1959, she caught the eye of Sammy Davis, Jr.; they dated for a year, and were married in 1960. The usual suspects were utterly scandalized; apparently this event was sufficiently traumatic that JFK felt compelled to disinvite Davis, whom everyone had expected to perform at the Kennedy inauguration.

See what we mean?

The Davises had one child and adopted two more; they split in 1968 after Davis allegedly set his sights on Lola Falana.

About four minutes of The Blue Angel will show you that May Britt had the talent to hold her own, but Marlene Dietrich she wasn’t.

4 comments »

  1. Dan T. »

    28 May 2019 · 7:03 pm

    When has Hollywood ever not been into making remakes, reboots, sequels, and prequels in preference to original films?

  2. CGHill »

    28 May 2019 · 7:12 pm

    And even then, they were having to pay for it.

  3. Roger Owen Green »

    29 May 2019 · 2:44 pm

    Most of the black adults I knew at the time were APPALLED by Sammy’s “betrayal” to his race. Or some such tommyrot.

  4. CGHill »

    29 May 2019 · 3:18 pm

    Some of that still exists today, in both directions.

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