Bouquets did not shower MAE WEST after her film "The Heat Is On" was released right before Christmas in December 1943. Trading on The Big Apple's fondness for the Brooklyn bombshell, this ill-fated project had a special New York City premiere on 25 November 1943 — — exactly sixty-five years ago.
• • There were no good reviews. The New York Times sneered, "The heat is definitely off!" And Mae, who did not contribute any material to the screenplay, long regretted getting involved.
• • After the failure of The Heat Is On, Mae West returned to the stage (portraying the Russian empress Catherine the Great) and — — a decade later — — she would create a frisky show that wowed the nightclub circuit.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • none • •