It's doubtful that MAE WEST was overjoyed at the release of "The Heat's On," which debuted on 2 December 1943.
• • A sharp-eyed California costume designer who watched this curiosity recently shared this poignant observation: "It was not a great film but Mae West looked fabulous and sang better than ever. Unfortunately, one shot disclosed that she was certainly not the star — — in the dressing room where the back of her dress had severe unsightly horizontal wrinkles from its tightness. Obviously, the audience was supposed to focus on her face in the mirror, but a more expert or reverential cameraman would have simply shaded the back area to near darkness."
• • Did you notice this off-beat detail, too?
• • In early 1943, when "Catherine Was Great" was being hammered out, Mae got a visit from Ratoff. He wanted her to star in a new film for Columbia Pictures to be called "The Heat's On," which he would direct. To arouse Mae's interest further, he hinted that he might also produce her newest extravaganza rushing to Broadway. Alas, when The New Times sat through this mess, the critic noted, "The heat is definitely OFF!"
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1943 • •
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