MAE WEST's film "Klondike Annie" (Paramount) led to this coverage in Time Magazine.
• • Said the Hearst New York American last week: "The attention of the churches, the women's clubs, the various state censors, the state legislatures and the Congress of the United States is called to the fact that Mae West has produced another screen play which she wrote herself. . . ."
• • Whether or not Klondike Annie is really worth the attention of Congressmen will depend on how familiar they are with earlier West efforts from which the current one differs only in detail. This time she is a San Francisco strumpet who knifes her Chinese paramour, slips on board an Alaska-bound freighter, enraptures its captain (Victor McLaglen), befriends a churchworker bound for Nome, usurps her identity when she dies, lands in Nome as Sister Annie Alden, enslaves a young territorial police officer (Philip Reed), renounces him rather than ruin his career, returns to San Francisco to face the music. As usual, the comedy depends mainly upon the incongruity between Mae West's up-to-date wisecracks and their fin de siècle background.
• • For Cinemactress Mae West, last week was possibly the liveliest she has experienced since she entered the cinema industry in 1932. The Hearst editorials she inspired, however useful they may have proved as publicity for Klondike Annie, were not intended to be laudatory. They were part of a sudden Hearst campaign against Miss West supposedly inspired by a slighting remark she was reported to have made about Cinemactress Marion Davies. While they ballyhooed the picture with angry editorials, Hearst papers paradoxically refused to carry paid advertising for it (see p. 61).
• • In Kansas City, Cinemactress West's Manager James Timony was asked to comment on her current bickering with Paramount about her contract. Said he: "Lubitsch thought in his Hitler way he could push her around. ... In the end she pushed him around. . . . After all. she was in the show business before he thought of being. . . ."
• • On his way to Europe for a honeymoon. Director Ernst Lubitsch replied as impudently as possible: "Try to push her around? . . . She's much too heavy. ... Of course she was in show business before I was. She's older than I am." Director Lubitsch is 44.
• • In Manhattan Actor Frank Wallace, who last spring announced that he and Mae West were married in Milwaukee in 1911 and had never been divorced, re-opened his suit to prove it. Said Mae West: "Wait a minute, sweetheart — which Frank Wallace is it? There are three of them. ... I'm not married to him and I never was. . . ."
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• • Time Magazine — — "New Pictures"
• • Published on: Monday, March 09, 1936
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • none • •