Monday, September 22, 2014

Mae West: Astrology Detective

MAE WEST said that Mr. Holmes was a remarkable researcher.  Last May, while they were working on "Belle of the Nineties" together, a fellow castmate, Stuart Holmes, did her horoscope.  This film was released on Friday, 21 September 1934.
• • Stuart Holmes [1884 — 1971] • •
• • Born in Chicago as Joseph Liebchen on Monday, 10 March 1884, the versatile six-footer appeared frequently in films playing minor roles from 1909 until 1964. The hard-working character actor  played the part of Dirk [a.k.a. Slade] in the Mae West film "Belle of the Nineties" [1934].
• • Stuart Holmes died of a stomach ailment in Hollywood on Wednesday, 29 December 1971. He was 87.
• • "Mae West's Future" • •
• • If you believe in astrology, here's the low-down on the very blond and equally wise-cracking Mae West.  She would make a good nurse. She will be at the height of her screen career in 1938. Her love affairs so far have been disappointing. She will get married in three years. Hollywood is the best spot on earth for her to reside.
• • These were the facts revealed to Mae the other day by Stuart Holmes, veteran screen actor, who has made an extensive study of astrology during the last six years.
• • Source: Hollywood News and Gossip of the Studios in The Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania);  published on Wednesday, 2 May 1934.
• • On Friday, 22 September 1911 • •
• • On Friday, 22 September 1911, 18-year-old Mae West was in the spotlight. On that date, "A La Broadway" had opened at the Folies-Bergere Theatre, New York, NY. This short-lived revue closed on 30 September 1911.
• • On Saturday, 22 September 1934 • •
• • In September 1934, Mae was involved in promoting her fourth feature for Paramount Pictures: "Belle of the Nineties." This motion picture was released on September 21st. The title of the movie review published in The New York Times on Saturday, 22 September 1934 was "Mae West and Her Gaudy Retinue in 'Belle of the Nineties'." Here is the first sentence — — "Of course, Miss West is her own plot," wrote Times critic Andre Sennwald.
• • On Tuesday, 22 September 1992 • •
• • An article "Way Out West" was published (on page 57) in The Advocate (issue dated for 22 September 1992).  Journalist R.L. Pela wrote about Mae West's career.  
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Mae West, at Embassy, Sets Attendance Mark" • •
• • Mae West's amazing new contribution to screen history "Belle of the Nineties," now at the Embassy theatre (Reading, PA), reveals the Paramount screen sensation more beautiful and alluring than ever as the foremost charmer of the gallant Southland of the Gay and Naughty Nineties.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: Stuart Holmes, who is one of the men in my new picture, is a star-gazing expert.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Australian Women's Weekly mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West wears many costumes of the 1890s period in "The Belle of the Nineties." There is great similarity of cut in all these dresses. However, they achieve variety in the rich elaboration of their fabrics and applique trimmings.  ...
• • Source: Article in The Australian Women's Weekly; published on Saturday, 26 January 1935
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. Yesterday we entertained 1,223 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Mae West: Boxer Now Chauffeur

There was a curious headline about MAE WEST in the Australian papers in mid-September.  In truth, the star of stage and screen often hired former boxers when they had retired from the ring. Mae also showed her generosity to old worn-out boxers, prize-fighters her father once knew.
• • "Boxer Now Chauffeur Paid for Seeing Mae West All the Time" •
• • SYDNEY, September 18.  Dado, the Filippino bantam-weight boxer, who fought Blandon in Melbourne two years ago, has retired from boxing, and is chauffeur to the film actress, Mae West.  Dado is estimated to have spent a fortune of £60,000 during his boxing career, most of it on horse racing.
• • Source: Article rpt in The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania); published on Saturday, 19 September 1936.  
• • On Friday, 19 September 1919 • •
• • It was on Friday, 19 September 1919 that Mae West was booked on the vaudeville circuit, where the New York City critics caught her 16-minute act. Showing off her figure in a dramatic black and white gown and one stunner made of silver shimmer, the 26-year-old performer selected three songs: "Laughing Water," "Yankee Boys Have Made a Wild French Baby Out of Me," and "Everybody Shimmies Now." Harris Music Publishers boasted in a short news article that they had published those songs.
• • Though Variety looked askance at one of Mae's more daring dance numbers, complaining that the movements were "a bit broad for vaudeville," the reviewer had to admit something. "Mae West shows a marked improvement in method and delivery," he wrote.
• • On Wednesday, 19 September 1928 • •
• • Variety used their hammer on Mae West more often than a judge uses a gavel. Variety published a review (on page 46) in their issue dated for Wednesday, 19 September 1928. The title was  "Oh, My Dear, Here's Mae West's New Show — Get a Load of It and Weep."  Weep for Diamond Lil? Thanks a heap, Variety.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It's a pity that the pendulum of public approval, which has been swinging so far to the smutty side, should suddenly fall back and sock Mae West.  Mae is such a great personality and I'm only hoping that she will come out in one of those hard-boiled but soft-hearted characters who are always helping people and don't want any one to know it. She might well write a story about herself and play it, now that it is going to be fashionable to be decent.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "There is something about big cats that appeals to me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The papers in New Zealand mentioned Mae West.
• • "At the Grand Theatre" • •
• • "My Little Chickadee" starring Mae West and W. C. Fields — —and every line a laugh ...
• • Source: Item in Bay of Plenty Beacon; published on Friday, 20 September 1940
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3008th 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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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mae West: Bushwick Style

It was Sunday, 17 September 1933 and MAE WEST was sprawled across an entire page in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. This is the second half of a long article by Susan Shattuck.
• • "Beware!! Dangerous Curves!!" [Part 2] • •
• • "Go (Mae) West! Young Woman" Say the Fashion Dictators as Big Busts and Hefty Hips Again Fill Landscape!! • •
• • According to Edna Woolman Chase, now all that is changed. We have become very modest, so far as the length of our skirts is concerned. The era of the hour-glass figure has been restored to its pedestal, and the "fine figger of a woman" is again fashionable.  Thank you, Mae West! 
• • Shades of the Police Gazette and set 'em up again for the boys in the back room. Harry the Governor's Lady and Judy O'Grady are going to be sisters under the corsets again.  And a little girl from Brooklyn — — not so little, maybe, but from Bushwick — — is the cause of it all.
• • Mae West, the same little tyke that used to take bows on amateur nights in Bushwick playhouses, the gal that helped Walter Winchell, Al Seigel, Jack Whiting, and a number of other Broadway celebrities get where they are today via the vaudeville route, the same blond and curved Mae West who brought "Sex," her popular play to the Great White Way and has more recently won a place in the cinema hall of fame with "She Done Him Wrong," she is responsible. They are saying in Paris that she is the first movie queen, the first American woman, to be truthful, who has ever influenced the French modistes.  . . .
• • Source: Article and photo spread in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York); published on Sunday, 17 September 1933.
• • On Sunday, 18 September 1932 • •
• • After facing down the man who robbed her in Hollywood on mid-September 1932 in a Los Angeles courtroom, Mae was shocked and horrified to learn that stick-up-artist Harry Voiler [1891 — 1974] was released on bail in Miami during February 1934.
• • Details about Mae's recent testimony had been published in several weekend editions across the USA on Sunday, 18 September 1932. Harry Voiler, parolee. Yikes.
• • On Thursday, 18 September 1980 • •
• • It was September when Mae West was in the hospital and not doing well.  On Thursday, 18 September 1980, the Hollywood icon suffered a second stroke, and this left her right side paralyzed.  Dreadful.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • By the way, Mae is now working on her new contract by the terms of which she gets $100,000 a picture. They also say that the curvaceous one also gets about half that amount again for providing her own story and, be it known, Mae won't stand for anybody's writing stories for her pictures but Mae.
• • Well, it's quite an achievement, and you must hand it to Mae.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "lt is hard to see why people who will wear next to nothing on public beaches object to nudity on the screen."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Pottstown Mercury mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West 'Cm Up ’n See Me' Lass Is Acclaimed Angel” By Captain Mabel Murray • •
• • NEW YORK, March 16 (U.R) — — Mae West was acclaimed today by the Salvation Army as an “Angel” to the unemployed.  Captain Mabel Murray, head of the Army’s free employment bureau, did not exactly voice approval of the voluptuous film star’s pictures, but she did attribute a definite pick-up in work to Miss West.
• • “It’s the Mae West influence in styles,” Captain Murray said. “The corset industry appears to be enjoying a boom. We’ve placed every experienced corset worker on our rolls and we can find work for all who will apply to us.”
• • The heavy demand for corset workers resulted in “a phenomenal increase” in work placements by the Salvation Army bureau, Captain Murray said.
• • Source: Article rpt on page 2 of in Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, PA); published on Saturday, 17 March  1934    
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3007th 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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