Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mae West: Myra B in Brisbane

"Myra Breckinridge" [1970] starring MAE WEST will be shown on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 under the banner of "Weird Wednesdays: A monthly off-beat movie night" as half of a twin bill with "Tommy" [1975].
• • The Who's rock musical was a sensation on Broadway and this "Tommy" is the cinema version starring Ann-Margret, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Oliver Reed, and musician Keith Moon — — who was featured in Mae West's final film.
• • In 1978, Keith Moon played a fashion designer in "Sextette." Camping it up, he may have even stolen the scene from Mae. "That dress is so fantastic, even I would wear it," he sputters in his strongest cockney accent. "In fact, I have."
• • Shortly after filming that scene with Mae, Keith Moon died of a drug overdose on 7 September 1978. He was 32.
• • WHAT: "Myra Breckinridge" — — starring Mae West, Raquel Welch, John Huston, Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck, Rex Reed.
• • WHEN: Wednesday, 18 January 2012 at 8:15pm (18+ event)
• • WHERE: Tribal Theatre, 346 George Street, Brisbane, Australia
• • About Tribal Theatre ( which shows Arthouse, Cult, Australian, Short & Classic films) — — Tribal Theatre opened with the vision to bring back an old fashioned movie experience, with nearly halved prices compared to other Brisbane cinema experiences. Tribal Theatre
• • The old Dendy Cinema — — now Tribal Theatre — — was the most prominent art house cinema in Brisbane. Modest from the outside, the interior decor creates a perfect atmosphere for a truly authentic cinema experience.
• • The George Street site originally housed The Lyceum, which opened is 1906‎ as Brisbane's first permanent picture theatre, the theatre was renamed the Elite Theatre in the 1920's, rebuilt at the George in 1965 (turned into a twin) then became the Dendy, and is now Tribal Theatre.
• • Tribal Theatre needs your support and your generosity. Tell them you heard about this double feature movie date on The Mae West Blog.
• • Cary Grant [1904 — 1986] • •
• • It's a kick to see January birthday boy Cary Grant [18 January 1904 — 29 November 1986] opposite Mae West before his own movie star status rose high on the marquee.
• • Lady Lou to Captain Cummings: "Why don’t cha come up sometime, an’ see me?"
• • Marc Eliot writes: Ironically, it was Cary Grant’s approach to playing the romantic lead in "She Done Him Wrong" that did it. His onscreen aloofness, a reflection of nothing so much as his own uncertainty as to how to play a love scene opposite the voracious West, was taken by the public to be just the opposite — — manly, moral resistance to Lil’s many charms — — and created a new type of romantic sophisticate, not only for Grant, but for the legions of actors who would thereafter try to imitate him. Grant’s “Hawk” was underplayed and always gentlemanly, resistance translated into self-assurance and moral righteousness, all highly glossed with what would become his trademark shimmering elegance. No one was more surprised than Grant at how successful he was opposite the voracious West. ... [from Cary Grant: A Biography written by Marc Eliot]
• • On Thursday, 18 January 1934 • •
• • On the third day of the robbery and jewel heist trial in Los Angeles, on 18 January 1934, Mae West was called to the witness stand to speak about Edward Friedman.
• • Worried after receiving death threats, and flanked by a human shield of husky detectives, Mae West entered the courtroom strikingly garbed in purple in Los Angeles. Career criminal Edward Friedman was charged with robbing the movie queen of $12,000 worth of diamonds and $3,400 in cash.
• • On Tuesday, 18 January 1938 • •
• • Editorials began to appear defending Mae West after the uproar of Catholic groups who were reacting to "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" and the Garden of Eden skit. One man who wrote an editorial critical of the FCC was George C. Guinther. His open letter to the FCC, defending Mae, ran in a newspaper on Tuesday, 18 January 1938.
• • Bidding ends on 18 January 2012 • •
• • RR Auction is selling a rare autographed portrait of Mae West this month. Their catalogue offers only one sentence for a description: three-quarter length Kesslere photo of the actress in diamonds and fur, signed and inscribed in red fountain pen “My Dear Friend Josephine, Best Wishes, Mae West" — — and bidding for this keepsake ends on Wednesday, 18 January 2012
• • AUCTION INFO: RR Auction, 5 Route 101A, Suite 5, Amherst, New Hampshire. This mid-January auction offers an array of autographed memorabilia.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Why don’t cha come up sometime, an’ see me? I'll tell your fortune!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" mentioned Mae West.
• • Victoria Leigh Miller wrote: Their duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" at the 1958 Academy Awards made People Magazine's list of "Unforgettable Oscar Duos" — — and what a duo it was! Part steamy, part comedic genius, the 65-year old Mae West donned a feather headdress and kept a persistent Rock Hudson, then just 33 years old, at bay. ...
• • Source: Article: "Five Hot Versions of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ — Memorable Versions of a Wintertime Classic" written by Victoria Leigh Miller, Yahoo! Contributor Network; posted on 14 November 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2181st 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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1 comment:

  1. R. Mark Desjardins1:23 PM

    While at the Academy Of Motion Picture Library in Los Angeles years ago, I spent a day copying their copious microfilm file on Mae West, filed by decade. I came across many "pess releases" such as "A Day In gthe LIfe Of Mae West," etc , which some publicist had obviously labored away at. Some were even written in Mae West "dialect" much like the line from her maid that you posted today. Truly hilarious reading, yet charming in retrospect, but this is the pap that her fans wanted, and evidently received generous helpings of!
    As a side note, I had to utilize a dictionary to look up a word for this comment, and I'm happy to state that I used one that once belonged to Mae West. Unfortunately that edition of the huge Webster's New International Dictionary does not have the entry for Mae West. Imagine what an ego booster that would have been for her!