Saturday, February 07, 2009

Mae West: Feverish in February

Were you sitting at the feet of MAE WEST and admiring the sparking dialogue and gown glitter on display in one of her most successful motion pictures for Paramount last night?
• • Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks jazzed us up before the show with lively music. And the Film Forum's ushers passed out slices of crunchy French bread as nimble ticket-holders waited on line in 31 degree weather in lower Manhattan. CBS-TV was panning the crowd.
• • On Friday February 6th, a sparkling new print of "I'm No Angel" opened the 1930s series "Breadlines and Champagne," which will run from Friday February 6th through March 5, 2009 at the Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10014. Info and screentimes are available by phoning 212-727-8110 — — or by visiting online.
• • Noticing the topmost credit line — — noting that "I'm No Angel's" story, screenplay, and all dialogue were written by Mae West — — calls to mind another February moment.
• • On 6 February 1928, when Mae was living at the Harding Hotel, she registered her script for "Diamond Lil" with the Library of Congress.
• • And on 7 February 1933, Mae recorded "A Guy What Takes His Time" (one of her saucy hits from "She Done Him Wrong") for Brunswick Records.
• • The second month of the year was always busy for Mae. Stay tuned as we count it down.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1933 • •
Mae West.

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