Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mae West: A Rumor

On Saturday, 18 October 1947, MAE WEST was interviewed by a London reporter.
• • "Mae West's visit gives lift to London's spirits" • •
• • "Wisecracks, diamonds — and those eyelashes enthrall her many admirers written by Bill Strutton of our London staff" • •
• • This is Part 7 of 9 segments.
• • Mae's International Notoriety • •
• • Bill Strutton wrote:   Mae's curves and her international notoriety as a burlesque character have concealed her other attributes as a novelist, playwright, impresario, and business-woman.
• • Bill Strutton wrote:  Before Paramount signed her for her first picture she had written, produced, and taken the lead in a touring vaudeville show which netted her a small fortune.
• • Bill Strutton wrote: Mae West definitely added to her fortune not only by starring in six Paramount films  — — — "Night after Night," "She Done Him Wrong," "I'm No Angel," "Belle of the 'Nineties," "Goin' To Town," and "Klondike Annie" — — but by writing both dialogue and screenplay for several of these as well as by producing a best-selling novel called "The Constant Sinner."
• • Bill Strutton wrote:   It was only just before the war that a rumor which Mae had always very carefully denied had to be admitted.
• • Her play "Sex" • •  . . .
• • Source: Article by  Bill Strutton for The Australian Women's Weekly; published on  Saturday, 18 October 1947.
• • On Tuesday, 26 September 1939 • •
• • On Tuesday, 26 September 1939 Joe Breen had outlined plenty of no-nos in his written comments for Maurice Pivar, an executive at Universal, letting him know what the censors objected to in "My Little Chickadee."  For instance, a "revealing white lawn blouse" worn by Mae West's character, Joe Breen warned, must not expose too much cleavage, tsk-tsk.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • About "The Constant Sinner," Jack Mehler wrote in Billboard that "it has the makings of a good money show, both for Miss West and the Shuberts who are reported in on it."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "Kiss and make up — — but too much make-up has ruined many a kiss."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily Mail mentioned Mae West.
• • Roger Lewis wrote:  And as regards the prim morality the producers imposed on their scriptwriters, surely the point was that the cinema was a fairyland — — it wasn’t meant to be boring like reality. It was escapist. Hence adulterers were never to find happiness, women who enjoyed sex were ‘harlots or washerwomen,’ crime wasn’t to pay and those who broke the law, ‘man or God’s, must always die or go to jail or become a monk.’
• • Roger Lewis  wrote:  Mae West did her best to get around the bans with innuendo: ‘Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired.’  . . .
• • Source: Book Review in The Daily Mail; published on Thursday, 26 September 2013
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. Not long ago, 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 thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3795th 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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