Come up and see MAE in Kansas City next month — — and it won't cost you any coins. Okay, that's enough for the "hard C" sound.
• • Pre-Code cinema from the early 1930s is a category that Mae did especially well in before the Hitler of Hollywood put his foot down.
• • The Kemper Museum’s series of pre-Code films will continue with four motion pictures that will be shown on Sundays at 2:00 PM. Screenings are free.
• • September 7th is the first showing — — “Beast of the City” starring Jean Harlow and Walter Huston.
• • September 21st is the second feature — — “I’m No Angel” starring Mae West as Tira, the gal who knew you didn't need feet in order to dance. Mae knows what she wants and how to get it in this 1933 effort co-starring Cary Grant. Her unapologetic sexuality is one reason the blue noses decided Hollywood needed to police itself.
• • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art [4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri 64111]; T 816-753-5784. They offer some neat freebies, too, such as free admission and parking. Tell them you heard about this on the MAE WEST BLOG.
• • By the way, the phrase "I'm No Angel" was first uttered by the heroine of Vanity Fair [published in 1848], a novel written by William Makepeace Thackeray. Here's the line: '''Revenge may be wicked, but it's natural,'' answered Miss Rebecca. ''I'm no angel.'' And, to say the truth, she certainly was not.'
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1933 • •