Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Mae West: "Angel" in Chelsea

Tomorrow evening "I'm No Angel" [1933], starring MAE WEST, will be shown at the Clearview Chelsea Cinemas, where it is an entry in its weekly Chelsea Classics. The Program states: West plays a lion tamer caught in intrigue and the attention of Cary Grant (in their second screen pairing). A pre-code classic, “Angel” includes some of West’s best-known sexual entendres. Notable NYC drag queen Hedda Lettuce will host the screening to double your pleasure.
• • WHERE: Clearview Chelsea, 260 West 23rd Street, NYC; T. 212-777-3456.
• • WHEN: Thursday, 8 December 2011 at these showtimes: 7:00pm and 9:30pm.
• • Not only is it a comfortable moviehouse, but we can't say enough about humorist Hedda Lettuce except this — — better not miss it!
• • In December, Let's Remember Arch Obler [1909 — 1987] • •
• • Script writer Arch Obler suffered no consequences for the infamous "Garden of Eden" skit that featured Mae West in the role of Eve, the disgruntled wife of Adam.
• • Hired pen Arch Obler was born in the month of December — — on 7 December 1909 — — and chances are good that Mae did not waste much money sending him birthday cards.
• • Arch Oboler [7 December 1909 — 19 March 1987] was a scriptwriter, novelist, producer, and director who was active in films, radio, and television. Born in Chicago, to a Bavarian-Jewish German father and an Irish Catholic mother, he grew up Protestant.
• • Arch Oboler generated much attention for his radio scripts, and his work in radio remains the outstanding period of his career. Although some noted a tendency for gruesomeness, he received praise as one of broadcasting's top talents, and he is regarded today as one of the innovators of old time radio.
• • On 7 December 1925 • •
• • The Biltmore Theatre opened on Broadway on 7 December 1925. And the first exciting event that happened was in October 1928 when "Pleasure Man," a highly controversial play written by Mae West, was raided by the police.
• • On 7 December 1931 "Cary Grant" Was Created • •
• • "She Done Him Wrong" was filmed with Mae West and Cary Grant in 1932.
• • According to the BBC News: When Bristol-born Archibald Leach landed himself a Hollywood film contract in 1931, the 27-year-old actor decided his real name wouldn't sit easily on cinema marquees. Having just completed a stage show playing a character called Cary Lockwood, Archie considered adopting the name full time. Studio advisors said "Cary" was fine, but that "Lockwood" was far too long in a business dominated by Gables, Coopers, and Bogarts. Sturdy and reliable Grant "jumped" out of a list of monosyllabic names compiled for Leach's perusal and on 7 December 1931, the euphonious Cary Grant was born.
• • On 7 December 1936 in Life Magazine • •
• • The issue of December 7th, 1936 in Life Magazine featured two people on page 33: Mae West and Napoleon.
• • On 7 December 1973 in Colorado • •
• • Mae West was in Telluride for a special ski area dedication gala that took place from December 7 — 10, 1973.
• • On 7 December 1993 • •
• • "The Mae West Murder Case" by George Baxt (208 pages) was published by St. Martin's in early December, right before Christmas, on 7 December 1993.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A man in love is like a clipped coupon — — it's time to cash in."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on awards for actresses mentioned Mae West.
• • According to the BBC News: Kathy Burke was also among the winners, taking the creative originality award, while Maureen Lipman took the prestigious Mae West Award for her many respected television performances [sic].
• • The annual event celebrates the talents of women in the film and television industries and winners are chosen by a panel of judges from the worlds of media and politics. ...
• • Source: Article: "Diana Rigg receives lifetime award" written in the U.K. by the BBC News Staff; published on Friday, 7 December 2001
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2138th 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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