Monday, January 16, 2012

Mae West: The New Movie

It was the January 1934 issue of The New Movie and MAE WEST was smiling on the cover. The newsstand price was 10 cents and subscribers received their issue in December.
• • In November 1933 Clarke Moore was assigned to sketch Mae West in color from a black and white photograph furnished by Paramount Pictures. His artwork was used on this New Movie issue dated for January 1934. Mae is wearing the wig chosen for "She Done Him Wrong."
• • Mae West's Bracelet • •
• • A jeweler who outfits those special stars who walk the red carpet is Neil Lane. His store shelves are filled with sparkle plenty, adornments that have been worn by (sold to or lent to) many celebrities. From Mae West's estate, Mr. Lane bought a bracelet. This lovely piece was worn by Catherine Zeta-Jones in "Chicago," a motion picture that had a 1920s setting. Knowing Mae's taste, her choice of glitterati was probably all diamonds.
• • On Tuesday, 16 January 1934 • •
• • It was another appearance in court, this time as a witness for the prosecution — — on 16 January 1934 — — when Mae West gave testimony about Edward Friedman, who had robbed her. Extensive courtroom coverage appeared in the Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express under this headline: "Officers Guard Movie Queen at Trial after Threats by Gangsters" on 16 January 1934.
• • On Wednesday, 16 January 1935 • •
• • In the middle of January — — on 16 January 1935 — — Joseph Breen was shooting off another memo about Mae West. "'Now I'm a Lady' seems to us to be a definite violation of the Code," he wrote. Because of the Hays Code, the script would be altered numerous times and the movie re-titled.
• • On Monday, 16 January 1950 in Newsweek • •
• • Newsweek readers who opened their issue dated 16 January 1950 [Vol. XXXV, No. 3] saw this article on page 46: "The Return of Mae West."
• • On Sunday, 16 January 1994 in The L.A. Times • •
• • An art review by Prof. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, chair, department of liberal arts and sciences, Otis College of Art and Design, appeared in The Los Angeles Times on 16 January 1994 — — ART: And When They Were Bad . . . : With humor, sarcasm and brazen sexuality, the bicoastal 'Bad Girls' celebrates the women who operate outside the bounds of old notions of propriety.
• • "Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." — — Mae West
• • Hunter Drohojowska-Philp explained: The Hollywood steam queen who noted that good girls go to heaven but bad girls go everywhere seems to be the figurative godmother of a new art movement. After two decades of serious thinking and writing on the subjects of feminism and post-modernism, hundreds of artists have decided that being a bad girl is a good thing.
• • Hunter Drohojowska-Philp continued: That's the premise of a bi-coastal art exhibition organized by New York's New Museum director Marcia Tucker and San Francisco-based independent curator Marcia Tanner. The two women noticed a widespread movement toward funny, sarcastic, and brazenly sexual work being produced by an increasing number of artists
— — women as well as men. The results of their collaboration are displayed in the two-part show titled "Bad Girls," whose first part is currently at the New Museum, and "Bad Girls West," opening January 25 at UCLA's Wight Art Gallery. ...
• • On Monday, 16 January 1995 on TNT • •
• • Introducing a program on George Hurrell, who photographed Mae West, Turner Network Television (TNT) announced this: TNT re-captures the magic of an era of almost unimaginable glamour, elegance, and mystery with the world premiere of LEGENDS IN LIGHT, a new one-hour special showcasing the life and work of the king of glamour photographers, George Hurrell. This exclusive special premieres on TNT Monday, January 16, 1995 at 8 pm (ET). Hurrell's photography defined the Golden Age of Hollywood and the special brings hundreds of his most famous photographs alive. Mae West, Bette Davis, Fred Astaire, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Betty Grable, James Cagney, Tyrone Power, Dorothy Lamour, the Barrymores, and Marlene Dietrich are among the stars Hurrell photographed in Hollywood's Golden era. ...
• • On Tuesday, 16 January 1996 in the Baltimore Sun • •
• • Baltimore resident Lucille Bjanes, born in 1911, wrote an amusing essay "Failed dreams" that began like this: "IN 1921 WHEN I was 10 years old, my ambition was to grow up and have a bosom like Mae West's. . . ." It ran on 16 January 1996 in the Baltimore Sun when Mrs. Bjanes was 85.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on films that make you feel good mentioned Mae West.
• • Geoffrey Macnab salutes the best in cinematic soul-food.
• • Geoffrey Macnab writes: Historically, the best feel-good movies have often been made at the darkest times. The early 1930s in Hollywood, the height of the Depression, were known as a "golden age of turbulence." It was in this period that the brashest Mae West comedies, the liveliest musicals and the most explosive gangster movies were made. ...
• • Source: Article: "Films that make you feel good" written by Geoffrey Macnab for The London Independent [UK]; posted on Friday, 16 January 2009
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2179th 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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