Thursday, April 09, 2009

Mae West: Castro's Chickadee

MAE WEST is featured in an archival photo with W.C. Fields in the San Francisco Calendar today.
• • Hiya Swanhuyser's brief text — — so bracing and vivacious — — anounces the second coming of Mae. Hear ye, hear ye!
• • Here's what Hiya Swanhuyser wrote: Young people! It is understandable that you assume black and white movies are boring. Youth equals stupidity, after all. No, seriously: If you have not seen My Little Chickadee, you're stupid. It's like if you thought cake was boring, or sexual intercourse.
• • If you have not seen several Mae West movies, you are holding yourself apart from one of the really genuinely nice things that can happen to a live human adult, unless you don't like dialogue such as: He: "Aren't you forgetting that you're married?" She: "I'm doin' my best." Plus, it's time to scrap the whole idea that black and white movies are boring, because that is for children.
• • At Five Buck Tuesdays, well, you can probably figure out what happens with that, no matter how young you are.
• • WHERE: Castro Theatre — — 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114; T. (415) 621-6120
• • WHEN: this coming Tuesday, on 14 April 2009 — — at 6:15pm and 8:30 pm.
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• • Article: “Grow the Hell Up"
• • Byline: By Hiya Swanhuyser
• • Published in: San Francisco Weekly — —
• • Published on: 8 April 2009

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• • Tell the gang at the Castro that the Mae West blog told you to come up!
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  1. Great blog! It's been fun reading it!

    Thanks for stopping by the Bettie Page Blog!

  2. Mae West may have lead people to believe that she disliked working with W.C. Field's in "My Little Chickadee." Truth is they had a friendship stretching back to Vaudeville when he was a headliner and in a down period of her early career appeared in a supporting cast role on stage with him. By Mae's third film , "I'm No Angel", many of Hollywood's elite were snubbing her and W.C. was one of the major stars who rode up to her premiere in a wooden beer wagon pulled by horses!
    In my forthcoming book , "In Search Of Mae West" I have many hilarious stories that tie this pair together. When Mae signed the contract to star in "My Little Chickadee" in 1939, she foresaw the day that films would be shown on a medium called "television" which was already broadcasting in England and took a percentage of future fees for broadcasting rights. After her death, Universal had to pay her estate over one million dollars for unpaid royalties. Mae West was one smart cookie!