Monday, July 28, 2014

Mae West: Sex-to-1

On July 28th, MAE WEST was in the headlines and fogging up the eyeglasses of newspaper readers everywhere.
• • "Mae West Is a Column for Men" • •
• • "Stag Lines out of the Sahara" • •
• • Las Vegas, Nevada, July 28. Mae West opened a two-week stand at the Sahara Hotel last night, selling the same kind of sexy entertainment that launched her career 30 years ago. Although it would seem they were made for one another, this was the first time Miss West and Las Vegas have met professionally.
• • She appeared with half a dozen muscle men, including Richard DuBois, Mr. America of 1954, and a large crowd seemed to like what it got. This consisted of double entendre dialogue and some songs, notably "Frankie and Johnnie," which Diamond Lil sang with Dick DuBois. The 60-year-old Miss West wore a black sequined gown which fully covered the bosom but left bare a not-too-trim midriff.
• • Other guests at the Sahara said the actress  . . .
• • Source:  The Plain Speaker (Hazelton, PA); published on Wednesday, 28 July 1954.
• • On Friday, 28 July 1922 • •
• • For the out-of-town try-outs of her new show "The Ginger Box Revue" in Connecticut on July 28 and July 29th, 1922, Mae West had polished her parody of O'Neill's tragic hero.
• • Backed by a dozen chorines (the Stoker Girls) and a black orchestra, Mae sang, “Eugene O’Neill, You’ve Put a Curse on Broadway” and bellowed “Yank-style” lines including, “She don me doit! Lemme up! I’ll show her who’s an ape.”
• • On Tuesday, 28 July 1931 in NYC • •
• • An agreement between Mae West and Howard Merling (signed by both of them) acknowledged his help with background research for her novel and stage play "Babe Gordon." Additionally, there was a receipt, written by Howard Merling, noting he received the sum of $500 dollars from Mae West on Tuesday, 28 July 1931.
• • On Tuesday, 27 July 1954 in Vegas • •
• • On Tuesday, 27 July 1954 Mae West opened at the Congo Room. This exotic night spot, inside the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, offered patrons a full supper with a live performance of "The Mae West Revue" onstage.
• • On Wednesday, 28 July 1954 in Variety • •
• • "Odds Are Sex-to-1" • •
• • Variety was awestruck by "this magnificent herd of males" and such a refreshing new concept. The article "Odds Are Sex-to-1 Mae West Makes Her Point in Las Vegas" was printed on page 3 in Variety on Wednesday, 28 July 1954.
• • Save the Date: Wednesday, August 13th • •
• • Wednesday, 13 August 2014 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the event will start at 6:30 pm at 425 Sixth Avenue. The theme will be: "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill."   
• • Details:  August 13th event
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • During this time, Hal Roach also employed director Leo McCarey, whose contribution to Hollywood includes guiding Laurel and Hardy, and directing screen legends like Gloria Swanson, Mae West, and W.C. Fields, to name only a few.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I did not change my way of life. I harmed no one. I had a philosophy, an idea of how to live fully and in my way.  I believed in it as fully and as strongly as I believed in being an American."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Flower Bomb Songs mentioned Mae West.
• • Colin wrote: Somebody's Chyldren, led by David Clark Allen, had two songs, 'I'm Up' and 'Marionettes' on the 'Hellcats' soundtrack released on Tower Records in 1967. They were also Mae West's backing band on her 'Way Out West' LP.  . . .
• • Source:  Flower Bomb Songs; posted on  Wednesday, 28 July 2010
• • 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 2966th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Mae West: Doggie Style

MAE WEST lived through many of those "dog days of summer" and now the hounds have a stylish tee to wear, cleverly embroidered with several of the Brooklyn bombshell's witty sayings.
• • Surely you would love to see your French bulldog wearing a pull-over that says "A hard man is good to find." Oooh-la-lah!
• • All eyes will be on you when you're walking a Maltese clad in a hoodie with "I used to be Snow White but I drifted."
• • Nothing will improve your Yorkshire terrier's glamour queen quotient than a T-shirt printed with "You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough!"
• • You can find more doggie fashions here: http://www.cafepress.com/+mae-west+pet-apparel
• • On Sunday, 25 July 1926 in NYC • •
• • On Sunday, 25 July 1926, Mae met Valentino at Tommy Guinan's speakeasy. Larger than the average ginmill, The Playground was on West 52nd Street (east of Broadway).  James R. Quirk, editor-publisher of Photoplay, hosted a Reception in honor of Valentino's new silent movie "Son of the Sheik" there.  Mae West and Texas Guinan were there to greet the Apulian heartthrob.
• • On Thursday, 25 July 1946 • •
• • The famous photo of Mae West with her hand on bodybuilder John Farbotnik's flexed upper arm was taken on Thursday, 25 July 1946 after the muscleman won the Mr. Chicago title.
• • Save the Date: Wednesday, August 13th • •
• • Wednesday, 13 August 2014 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the event will start at 6:30 pm at 425 Sixth Avenue. The theme will be: "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill."   
• • Details: August 13th event
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Even the mention of a new Mae West script gets the newly created film censors bureau hot under the collar.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I never try to be anything but myself at all times, publicly and privately, except on the stage and screen, for that's where acting belongs."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in a Singapore newspaper discussed Mae West
• • Mae West's next film will be "The Queen of Sheba" • •
• • "Close-Up" offered this tidbit to film fans on 25 July 1934: I understand that Mae West's next film will be "The Queen of Sheba." That is not a joke. My information is that "the production will not be burlesque, and the star will give a 'straight' characterisation." Clearly Miss West is ambitious; but her ambition may lead her into trouble.  . . . 
 • • "Close-Up" added: As the Queen of Sheba she would have to create a very different characterisation.  It remains lo be seen whether she can do that.  Cecil B. de Mille at once suggests himself as director.  He directed Betty Blythe in the original Queen of Sheba film.
• • Source: Article: "Notes on the Screen" printed in The Argus (Australia), on page 5; published on Wednesday, 25 July 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 2965th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mae West: Animal Attraction

MAE WEST admired animal trainer Mabel Stark and vice versa.  If you loved the circus scenes in "I'm No Angel," then here's a book you might enjoy.   
• • "The final confession of Mabel Stark" by  Robert Hough • •
• • 'You can't mix tigers and husbands. And anyhow, I prefer the tigers.' Barely five feet tall, suicidally courageous, obsessed with tigers and sexually eccentric, Mabel Stark was the greatest female tiger trainer in history. Clad in her leather suits and married five times, she was the Mae West of tiger taming. In the 1910s and 1920s, when circus was the most popular entertainment in America Mabel Stark was the biggest attraction for the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus. This vibrant and moving fictional autobiography begins in 1968. Mabel is turning 80 and is about to lose her job.  ...
• • Was Stark "the Mae West of tiger taming"?  Find out. Available from Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd. [released in 2012]. 
• • On Friday, 24 July 1936 • •
• • Mae West looking thinner. She tells friends the loss is 11 pounds, noted a Associated Press columnist.
• • On Saturday, 24 July 1937 • •
• • On Saturday, 24 July 1937, Thomas Cavanagh Bogue [1896 — 1944] was voted "The Most Original Gent" in his costume as "film star Mae West" at the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall in Australia on 24 July 1937. Bogue, who was 41 at the time of the party, clearly had a great sense of humor.
• • On Thursday, 24 July 1997 • •
• • The book "Three Plays by Mae West: Sex, The Drag, The Pleasure Man" was published on Thursday, 24 July 1997.  The book's editor was Lillian Schlissel.
• • Save the Date: Wednesday, August 13th • •
• • Wednesday, 13 August 2014 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the event will start at 6:30 pm at 425 Sixth Avenue. The theme will be: "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill."   
• • Details:  August 13th event
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West discovered a little eating place near San Fernando Valley. She liked it and went there often. Recently, the woman who operates the place was told to vacate, because of a non-payment of a mortgage. Mae found out, paid off what was left, and handed the deeds to the woman.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "'Why shouldn't I have paid off her mortgage? I wanted to keep on eating there, didn't I?"  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in a Texas newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • At the El Paso Theatre — "Belle of the Nineties,” Mae West, Roger Pryor.
• • Source: Item in El Paso Herald Post; published on Saturday, 27 May 1961
• • 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 2964th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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