Monday, September 16, 2019

Mae West: Stand Alone

Despite having a short shelf life, the feisty fan magazine called The Hollywood LOW-DOWN offered the low-down on MAE WEST quite often during 1934—1936, usually being the first when it came to scoops that passed by unremarked by Variety, Photoplay, Modern Screen, and other competitors.
• • Reviews of Mae West’s motion pictures prepared for publication in her own time are fascinating. Not all the critics agreed. Let’s see what L. Wolfe Gilbert, Jr. had to say. This is Part 1 of two sections.
• • « Reviews and Previews » • •
• • “Goin’ to Town” — —  (Very Good) • •
• • L. Wolfe Gilbert, Jr. wrote: Supported by a cast of very competent players, Mae West again clicks in her latest screen picture, “Goin’ to Town.”
• • L. Wolfe Gilbert, Jr. wrote: Mae still stands alone in her especial field of entertainment. It is undoubtedly her best picture since “She Done Him Wrong” — — a film that did much to help Paramount out of the financial doldrums.
• • L. Wolfe Gilbert, Jr. wrote: Alexander Hall, her director, has done very well with Mae’s script, which at times, drags and is loose. Hall, however, whips up the action until only the most critical will became conscious of these minor flaws.
• • L. Wolfe Gilbert, Jr. wrote: In “Goin’ to Town” Mae is a dancehall belle who does her part in making the west wild and wooly. She shoots craps with the stakes being she must marry a rustler if she loses.
• • Fate, in the form of the sheriff, intervenes to help Mae’s Cleo Borden • • . . .
• • This movie review from 1935 will be concluded on the next post.
• • Source: The Hollywood LOW-DOWN; published on Wednesday, 15 May 1935.
• • On Monday, 16 September 1928 • •
• • Mae West's play "Pleasure Man" opened on a Monday evening on 16 September 1928 at the Bronx Opera House in New York City.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Boris Petroff, who has been co-producer for all of Mae West’s films, likewise staged and produced many a box-office success on Broadway. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: ”I'm here to make talkies. I hope the film can take the temperature."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Modern Screen mentioned Mae West.
• • Ingrid Bergman is as curious as a cat professionally, too. She was in New York once when Mae West was starring in a bawdy burlesque, “Catherine Was Great.” Bergman told some friends she wanted to see it. They shuddered.
• • "Why?" they asked her. "It's a lousy play. You'd be bored with it. And Mae West — she's not your type at all!"
• • Ingrid shook her head. "She must have something," she persisted. "I'd like to know what it is. Maybe I can learn something from her." So she went.  …
• • Source: Modern Screen; published on Friday, 1 October 1948
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 15th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,300 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4302nd 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, September 13, 2019

Mae West: Eye Oilier Men

A cunning cartoon showed MAE WEST yanking G.B. Shaw's beard. If only the two controversial writers could chat during Shaw Fest, which is presenting “Sex” in Canada. Broadway World sent Michael Rabice to review it. This is Part 9 of 9 segments.
• • BWW Review: SEX is Alive and Well at Shaw Festival • •
• • Mae West would be thrilled with this production • •
• • I believe that Mae West would be thrilled with this production. At a time when sexuality is more spoken of and gender identities are being openly explored, this production of SEX continues to push boundaries that West may never have dreamed of. Oh, and as for the title...when approaching the theatre complex at the Shaw Festival, the greeter happily guided the audience by saying, "If you are seeing Brigadoon, enter here. Or if you are seeing "the other play," enter over there!" Yes, sex is still taboo for many.
• • SEX by Mae West plays at the Jackie Maxwell Theatre of the Shaw Festival through Sunday, 13 October 2019. Contact shawfest.com for more information.
• • Mr. Radice’s stage review has now been concluded on this post, which is part 9. Let us know how much you enjoyed it.
• • Source: BWW Review; published on Friday, 2 August 2019.
• • On Sunday, 13 September 1953 • •
• • Walter Ames wrote the amusing article "Who's Marilyn Monroe, Queen Mae West Asks" for The Los Angeles Times.  His piece ran on the front page — — of the weekend edition dated for Sunday, 13 September 1953. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • A fan mag once reported that Jim Timony, Mae West’s manager, had a cork leg and so Jim spent the next six months showing his bare leg to Hollywood, to prove that such was not the case.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don't eye oilier men when you're with an escort."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Hollywood LOW-DOWN mentioned Mae West.
• • When Mae West came to Hollywood, her first car was a second-hand “heap” which cost her only $350. She recently purchased a 175 carat star-sapphire ring. Who said Great Depression? …
• • Source: The Hollywood LOW-DOWN;  published in the issue for June 1936
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 15th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,300 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4301st 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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