Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mae West: Liberty

It was during the Depression on Saturday, 28 April 1934, and MAE WEST was in the news.
• • That weekend, Australian readers were learning about this: The new star, Mae West, will be seen at the Wintergarden and Earl's Court Saturday next. All Mae West's repertoire has been added to this gay story of a diamond-loving lady of the gay '90's. The "come up and see me sometime" girl is original and merry in a story she wrote herself, and her two songs, "Frankie and Johnny Were Lovers" and "Haven't Got No Peace of Mind," will also be heard.  The cast includes Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery, and others. Mae West brings a totally new style of comedy to the screen and "She Done Him Wrong" has been acclaimed wherever it has been screened, said Queensland's newspaper Morning Bulletin on page 11. This issue was dated for Saturday, 28 April 1934.
• • A popular New York publication was Liberty Magazine.
• • Liberty Magazine's issue dated for 28 April 1934 offered this fascinating cover line: "Jesse Lasky Tells the Facts about Hollywood Salaries" and the marquee names included Mae West and other stars. 
• • Ken Hughes [19 January 1922 — 28 April 2001]  • •
• • Kenneth Graham Hughes was born in Liverpool, England on 19 January 1922.
• • "Sextette" [1978] was his first American film — — as well as Mae West's final effort on the silver screen.  Previously, she had toured successfully in the stage version.
• • The Hollywood director developed Alzheimer's disease and died in Los Angeles on 28 April 2001.  He was 79.
• • On Wednesday, 28 April 1926 in Variety • •
• • On Wednesday, 28 April 1926, Variety (usually hostile to Mae West and nasty) took an early stand against the play "Sex," which had just opened on Broadway.
• • Variety wrote: “Mae West … has broken the fetters and does as she pleases here. After three hours of this play’s nasty, infantile, amateurish, and vicious dialog, after watching its various actors do their stuff badly, one really has a feeling of gratefulness for any repression that may have toned down her vaudeville songs in the past. If this show could do one week of good business it would depart with a handsome profit, it’s that cheaply put on.”
• • Phooey on you, Variety. Unstoppable "Sex" not only sold out its premiere but it also offered 385 performances with general admission tickets sold for $3.50. According to Mae West, orchestra seats were $10.
• • On Friday, 28 April 1939 in Newsweek • •
• • Newsweek's issue dated for 28 April 1939 was filled with newsmakers such as Mae West and Lieutenant General Drum (for whom Fort Drum in New York is named). 
• • On Sunday, 28 April 1940 in Singapore • •
• • Why would a daily horoscope in Singapore mention Mae West?  Hmmm.
• • The horoscope was printed on page 16 of The Straits Times on Sunday, 28 April 1940.
• • The astrologer wrote: It is your week (as Mae West said) go ahead. But keep a check on expenditure and be careful you don't get the worst end of business deals. . . .
• • Mae West said that, huh?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Keep cool and collect."  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on theatrical productions in San Francisco mentioned Mae West.
• • Michael Scott Moore, SF Weekly wrote:  "Dirty Blonde"  — A play about Mae West could have used more Mae and a less contrived plot.  . . .
• • Source: Review: "Dirty Blonde" written by Michael Scott Moore for SF Weekly; published  on 16 May 2001  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2284th 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:
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• • Mae West •  April 1934 • •
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