Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mae West: Toy Boy

An intriguing article mentioned MAE WEST and the actor she ushered into the spotlight.
• • James Wolcott writes: Cinema’s first boy toy, Cary Grant [1904 — 1986] was the recipient of Mae West’s famous invitation in "She Done Him Wrong" — — “Why doncha come up sometime and see me?” She eyed him up and down as if he were a licorice stick, which would make many a young man queasy. Grant quickly shed the slightly louche gaucheness of a male ingenue to become the beau ideal of an English gentleman, but not a drawing-room fop, a “Tennis, anyone?” playboy, or one of those decent Ronald Colman chaps, lilting his lines as if playing the flute. His background buttressed him. Cary Grant had a Cockney accent and a coiled-spring athleticism that knocked the silk cover off any suspicion of poshness. He could spit out dialogue as fast as James Cagney or any other American machine gunner. ...
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• • Article: "Classic Hollywood: To Catch a Legend"
• • By: James Wolcott
• • Published in: Vanity Fair Magazine
• • Published in: June 2004

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• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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