Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mae West: They Come Out

A very long article about MAE WEST and her career in Tinseltown appeared five years ago.  It was written by Paul Phaneuf.   This is Part 92, the grand finale of the feature that we began excerpting way back on January 3rd, 2017. Whew! Thanks for staying with us from Part 1 — Part 92.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • A Magnet for Criticism • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   In her career Mae was a magnet for criticism, but millions found her fascinating and irresistible. Commenting on the reception of I'm No Angel at his theater in 1933, an Oak Grove, Louisiana exhibitor said, "Whether they like her or not, they all come out to see her. The church people clamor for clean pictures, but they all come out to see Mae West." He then added that his Angel box office was, "the best business of the year." Over the years her reputation has only grown. The lowly victim of her social superiors once again has the last laugh.
• • This was Part 92 — — the grand finale. Thank you for riding side-car through the entire journey.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Wednesday, 23 May 1928 • •
• • An article in Variety discussed the costumes designed by Dolly Tree for Mae West.
• • Variety wrote about Mae's lingerie for her boudoir scenes, those daring nighties of "heavy cream lace and yellow chiffon flounces"  . . .
• • Image: Diamond Lil, pausing on the staircase of Suicide Hall on the Bowery, has a few private words with Captain Cummings in the stage version of "Diamond Lil" in 1928.
• • Source: Article: "Diamond Lil'' written by the Drama Desk of Variety; published on Wednesday, 23 May 1928.
• • On Monday, 23 May 1949 in Life • •
• • Actress Sarah Churchill had the cover of Life Magazine's issue dated for 23 May 1949 but inside there was a grand pictorial devoted to Mae West — — all this for 20 cents.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West announced last week that she would move her permanent residence from New York to California. She and her father, Dr. Jack West, are looking over the San Fernando Valley for a ranch.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Women like forceful men — but not the kind who beat them — supposedly to show their affection."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A film trade annual mentioned Mae West.
• • "Set for release" • •
• • "Belle of the Nineties" starring Mae West, with Roger Pryor, John Mack Brown and Duke Ellington's Orchestra. A Musical Comedy Revue including 5 songs by Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow. Cast includes "beef trust" chorus and a choir of 100 voices. Directed by Leo McCarey. ...
• • Source: Item in "The Film Daily Production Guide and Director's Annual 1934"; published in 1934
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3709th
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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• • Mae West • onstage with "Captain Cummings" in 1928

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Mae West: Guest Spot

A very long article about MAE WEST and her career in Tinseltown appeared five years ago.  It was written by Paul Phaneuf. Let's pick this up again and enjoy it together. This is Part 91 of the feature we began excerpting way back on January 3rd, 2017. Whew!
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • The Most Popular • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   She also appeared on various TV venues, probably the most popular being a guest spot on the Mr. Ed TV show. And, of course, she did broker world peace in her last film.
• • On November 22nd, 1980, Mae West passed away in her Ravenswood home following a series of strokes. She was 87. Her long-time companion Paul Novak was at her side. Toward the end he often ran her old films for her. Though she was quite weak and could no longer speak, at times she seemed to respond and point to her image. Her friend George Raft died two days later.
• • A few months earlier, while getting out of her limousine in front of her favorite Hollywood restaurant Mae was spotted by a truck driver who shouted, "Hey Mae! You're still lookin' good!"
• • There's no record of her response, but it's safe to say it was a wisecrack.
• • A Magnet for Criticism • •  . . .
• • This was Part 91.  And Part 92, the final excerpt, will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Friday, 22 May 2009 in Virginia • •
• • To celebrate blonde bombshells, Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, VA hosted a film series with Mae West in "I’m No Angel" (1933), Jean Harlow in "Libeled Lady" (1936), and Marilyn Monroe in "Some Like it Hot" (1959).
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Sixty years ago Mae West looked in the mirror and ordered the clock stopped. So far as she is concerned, it has never dared to start again.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I don't like myself — — I'm crazy about myself.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An annual poetry anthology mentioned Mae West.
• • Colleen J. McElroy's poem "Mae West Chats It Up with Bessie Smith" was first printed in Crab Orchard Review.
• • Source: poem rpt [pages 164-165] in The Best American Poetry 2001; published by Simon and Schuster, 2001 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3708th
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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• • Mae West • in 1933

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