Monday, July 18, 2011

Mae West: Paramount's Angel

It was 1960 and MAE WEST was a special guest on "The Red Skelton Show" on TV.
• • "The Red Skelton Show" was an American variety show that was a television staple for almost two decades — — from the early 1950s through the early 1970s.
• • Born in Vincennes, Indiana in the month of July — — on 18 July 1913 — — Red Skelton [1913 — 1997] was an American comedian who was best known as a top radio and TV star from 1937 to 1971. Red Skelton's show business career began in his teens as a circus clown and he went on to appearances that spanned from vaudeville, Broadway, films, radio, TV, night clubs, and casinos. During his career as a performer, he also pursued his interests as a serious fine arts painter.
• • On 18 July 2011 • •
• • Speaking of circus clowns, come up and see Mae West in "I'm No Angel" at NYC's Film Forum. Call the movie house for showtimes. There's a double feature starring Cary Grant and Randolph Scott, two of Mae's handsome leading men.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West (born on August 17th) wrote this snappy dialogue for her characters Tira and Rajah in "I'm No Angel" [1933].
• • Background: Tira, who performs in a circus sideshow, is famous for her hootchie-cootchie style — — a gal who discovered you don't have to have feet to dance. One evening Tira goes to the resident gypsy to have her fortune told. Rajah [played by Nigel de Brulier], the astrologer reads her horoscope.
• • • Rajah: You were born in August.
• • • Tira: Yeah, one of the hot months.
• • • Rajah: It was on the 17th under the sign of Leo, the Lion.
• • • Tira: Aw, King of the Beasts, huh.
• • Tira [pronounced TY-rah] is warned to be careful that night — — because she could be unlucky. Tira tells him that she'd like to know her future (because she knows all about her past).
• • • Rajah: Ah, you have a wonderful future. I see a man in your life.
• • • Tira: What — — only one?
• • • Rajah: But this is one very particular man. He is very wealthy, enormously wealthy.
• • • Tira: ... What does he look like?
• • • Rajah: I see he has brown eyes. In fact, I see two men... two different men. In the near future, I see a change. ... I see a change of position.
• • • Tira: Sitting or reclining? . . .
• • • Rajah: The horoscope — — keep this where you may consult it frequently.
• • • Tira: All right, I'll take it to bed with me ... .
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Editor of Gothamist Jen Carlson writes: If you've ever seen the movie La Bamba then, on top of the insurmountable tragedy, you witnessed a recreation of an all-star performance at Brooklyn's Paramount Theater. Built in 1928, the theater held 4,124 seats, showing movies and hosting concerts. It closed in 1962, just a few years after Ritchie Valens performed there in 1958. ... Long before it became an early home of rock n' roll, vaudevillian acts like Mae West, crooners like Bing Crosby, and jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington were center stage. ...
• • Source: Photo Feature "Flashback: 21 Photos Of Brooklyn's Early Home Of Rock N' Roll" written by Jen Carlson for Gothamist; posted on 15 July 2011
• • 17 July 2004 17 July 2011 • •
• • In mid-July the Mae West Blog celebrates its seventh anniversary. Thank you to all those Mae-mavens who come up and see Mae every day.
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 1995th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.
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