Friday, April 13, 2012

Mae West: Armored Car

It was on Friday, 13 April 1934 that the foreign press was full of news about MAE WEST's latest troubles in Hollywood.
• • In Brisbane, Australia, headlines in The Courier-Mail read: "Armoured Car for Actress — Mae West Worried by Threats."
• • Here's the article from page 15: Continued threats by mail and telephone have resulted in Miss Mae West, the film star, calling tenders for the construction of an armoured motor car. Amongst the tenders she received were £900 extra for a car made proof against bullets up to .45 calibre, and £1500 extra for a machine-gun proof car with a tempered steel body and gun-proof glass.
• • She was so upset today at further threats, following her recent prosecution of jewel thieves, that she was obliged to call off work on her new picture. She is constantly attended by the chief detective of the "gangster squad" and his second in command.
• • The officers suspect that the threats emanate from Chicago, where Harry Voiler, one of three men charged with the theft of Miss West's jewels, has secured 13 adjournments and a petition for his extradition to Los Angeles for trial. [Some coverage in the foreign press was datelined from Hollywood, California, Wednesday, 11 April 1934.]
• • On Friday afternoon, 13 April 2012 • •
• • On Friday the 13th Tira takes the spotlight — — as the adventurous lion lady portrayed by an actress born under the sign of Leo.
• • Written by and starring Mae West, "I'm No Angel" [1933] will be screened today. TCM explains their choice like this: In one of the most successful films of her career, Mae West shines as a sideshow performer who falls for playboy Cary Grant. Costume designer Travis Banton provides West with the perfect wardrobe to capitalize on her sex symbol status.
• • WHEN: on Friday, 13 April 2012 at 12:30 pm
• • WHERE: The Chinese 6 Theatres: 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. [Featuring architectural inspiration from the original Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres were built in 2001.]
• • This year's TCM Classic Film Festival runs from 12 April — 15 April 2012.
• • Tell them you heard about it on the Mae West Blog.
• • On Friday, 13 April 1934 in Film Weekly • •
• • It was on the issue dated for Friday, 13 April 1934 that Mae West appeared on the cover of Film Weekly (Vol. 11) in the United Kingdom.
• • On Friday, 13 April 1934 in The Hollywood Reporter • •
• • Headlines in The Hollywood Reporter read: "Mae West Orders Bullet-Proof Car."
• • Here's the article: When a gangster threatens Mae West, she believes him. So, in addition to having a couple of bodyguards since she testified against the man who stole her jewels, she has now ordered an armored car to protect the precious lives of herself and Manager Timony. The armor-plated limousine will cost $13,500, of which $7000 goes for the safety element. Non-breakable glass and shields to protect the tires will be used, and not even machine gun bullets will be able to crash their way in.
• • On Friday, 13 April 2012 in Dallas • •
• • The opening reception is this evening at 9:00 PM for the exhibition by Zoe Crosher: "Mae Wested."
• • Zoe Crosher explains her latest exhibit in the Program: the artist reimagines and intervenes in the generous personal photographic archive of Michelle duBois, a call girl who traveled extensively in the Pacific Rim during the 1970s and 1980s. Michelle duBois often liked to dress in elaborate costume for the camera, and one of her favorite personas was famed 1930s actress Mae West. For this exhibit at Dallas Contemporary, Crosher's Mae Wested series will introduce three elements investigating this obsession. Large-scale black and white images of duBois attending an event dressed as Mae West will accompany a series of glamorous staged images which activate the gallery as duBois' various characterizations of West gaze at one another across the room. Imaginative screenplay haikus written by Jason Underhill, which collapse the Japanese and Western fantasies of Mae West, the Marlboro Man, and Michelle duBois, will also punctuate the gallery. There is no charge to attend.
• • WHERE: Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass Street, Dallas, TX.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Keep a diary and one day it'll keep you."
• • Mae West said: “Beware of these eyes. … I'm the devil in disguise.” [sung in “I'm No Angel”]
• • Mae West said: “Take all you can get… and give as little as possible.” [movie dialogue from “I'm No Angel”]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on bombshells mentioned Mae West.
• • Bauer and Capitano wrote: Little did the advertising people behind Jean Harlow's 1933 film Bombshell know their words would be ageless when they called her the "blond bombshell of filmdom." Harlow ushered in a new category of sexy starlet: Usually buxom, often blond, and frequently full-figured. Others — — like Mae West — — and, to a degree, Harlow, established a genre of sexual, defiant characters.
• • Bauer and Capitano wrote: Examples: Mae West, Jean Harlow, Fay Wray, Joan Blondell, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo. . . .
• • Source: Article: "The Evolution of Sex Symbols" written by David C. L. Bauer and Laura Capitano for The Florida Times-Union; published on 13 April 2008
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2269th 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.• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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