Go West, Young Man by Darrin Hagen
Based on the true story of the summer in the 1960's that Craig Russell spent living with Mae West as her personal secretary, Go West, Young Man explores both the spark behind the creation of a unique Canadian superstar, and the long slow fading of an equally unique American Movie Goddess.
Russell Edie is a 15-year-old teenage boy that leaves behind his drab Ontario life and gets on a Greyhound to Hollywood, where he seeks out the faded 70-year-old legend Mae West, carrying hundreds of forged fan letters that he uses to leverage a summer position as her personal secretary. Ambition collides with faded grandeur when Mae learns that Russell has been studying her every move in order to become the world's leading Mae West impersonator.
This true behind-the-scenes making of a Canadian legend is both a coming-of-age story, and a little-known slice of Hollywood lore.
Year Printed: 2015
Running TIme: 70 minutes
Male Cast: 2
Female Cast: 1
Casing Notes: The role of Boogie, the monkey, could be played by either a man or a woman.