Born on 12 January 1884 in Waco, Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan played a gun-slinger and rode bareback in silent films, took New York by storm in 1906, and earned a salary of $700,000 as a speakeasy hostess. Here are highlights from a life led at full speed until 5 November 1933. Meet TEXAS GUINAN!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Texas Guinan on Houston

She's back and Houston's got her! There is only one place to be on Monday, 4 December 2006 and that is on West Houston Street. TEXAS GUINAN reigns as screen queen on that date. The entire month of December is when Film Forum will show their series "Fox Before the Code" when Prohibition Era classics will roll.

• • On December 4th, Film Forum presents "BROADWAY THRU A KEYHOLE" [1933, directed by Lowell Sherman].
• • Plot: Constance Cummings is befriended by protection racket boss Paul Kelly, but eventually falls for an actual Bing Crosby rival Russ Columbo. Ripped from Walter Winchell’s column — and Al Jolson socked him over the (supposed) parallels to his romance with Ruby Keeler — with vaudeville star Blossom Seeley and legendary speakeasy hostess Texas Guinan (“Hello, suckers!”).
• • “Far from wholesome.” – NY Times.
• • Bonus: Fox “Magic Carpet of Movietone” short "Broadway By Day"
• • Film Forum is located at 209 W. Houston Street, between 6th Avenue & Varick, in New York City.
• • Box Office: 212-727-8110 (2 FILMS FOR 1 ADMISSION)
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• • illustration: a film based on true events that took place at Texas Guinan's nightspots • • Broadway through a Keyhole • • 1933 • •

Texas Guinan.