MAE WEST's comedy "Go West Young Man"  will be on the silver screen this month in California.
• • Friday evening, on 23 September, 2011, this motion picture will be shown at 8:15 pm. There will be three more weekend showings September 24th — 25th (at 2:30 pm and at 8:15 pm). The same moviehouse is screening old comedy favorites starring W.C. Fields. The Old Town management wants movie buffs to know that "the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ is played every weekend during the first half of each show."
• • WHERE: Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245
• • On 19 September 1919 • •
• • It was on 19 September 1919 that Mae West was booked on the vaudeville circuit, where the New York City critics caught her 16-minute act. Showing off her figure in a dramatic black and white gown and one stunner made of silver shimmer, the 26-year-old performer selected three songs: "Laughing Water," "Yankee Boys Have Made a Wild French Baby Out of Me," and "Everybody Shimmies Now." Harris Music Publishers boasted in a short news article that they had published those songs.
• • Though Variety looked askance at one of Mae's more daring dance numbers, complaining that the movements were "a bit broad for vaudeville," the reviewer had to admit something. "Mae West shows a marked improvement in method and delivery," he wrote.
• • Mae West on the Bookshelf • •
• • "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: From the Secret Files of Harry Pennypacker" by Michael B. Druxman. Published by Wheatmark (2008), this 132 page paperback pretends to be the too-hot-to-handle columns of the controversial journalist Harry Pennypacker.
• • Mae West is featured in this amusing satire set in Tinseltown. The chapter about her and W.C. Fields will both amuse and astonish you.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said this: "Some men are all right in their place — — if they only knew the right places!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A fascinating review of the show at Proctor's Fifth Avenue critiqued Mae West.
• • Variety's man on the aisle wrote: "Miss West was an unqualified hit . . . ."
• • Source: Review: "Mae West, Songs, 16 mins." written by a critic for Variety; published on 19 September 1919
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2058th 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1936 • •
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