Taken as a child to Coney Island amusement parks, MAE WEST was enthralled with Bostock's lions. But years before her lion-taming fantasies surfaced, the stage sensation known as "Baby May, Song and Dance" performed the famous risque song about "Mariutch (Make-a the Hootch-a Ma Kootch) Down on Coney Isle" — — about a girl who discovers you don't need feet in order to dance.
• • In 1933, the 40-year-old Brooklynite morphed into a non-Mediterranean Mariutch for the opening scene of "I'm No Angel," which merely hints at the fearsome shimmy capability of the curvy sideshow hip-swinger called Tira.
• • Starting on the 5th of March, this vintage blockbuster hit can be enjoyed this week in London, England. If they were only selling salt water taffy down at the BFI Southbank, it would all be too delightfully "Kings County" authentic.
• • WHAT: "I'm No Angel," written by and starring Mae West
• • WHEN: March 5th — 11th, 2010
• • WHERE: BFI Southbank: Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT; T. 02079283232.
• • Tell them you heard about it on the MAE WEST BLOG.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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