Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mae West: Williamsburg

MAE WEST is in the libraries this week. "She Done Him Wrong" [1933] will be the film feature today in Williamsburg.
 • • WHEN: 2 pm Thursday, 10 May 2012
 • • WHERE: Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA
 • • On Friday, 10 May 1935 • •
 • • On Friday, 10 May 1935 Frank Wallace filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, California against Mae West declaring she was damaging his reputation and his professional standing by denying they had wed.  The movie star spent quite a long time continuing to deny it.
• • On Friday, 10 May 1935 in NYC • •
• • On Friday, 10 May 1935, "Goin' to Town" opened in Mae West's hometown at the New York Paramount.
• • On Monday, 10 May 1948 in Brighton • •
• • According to Kate Elms, Brighton History Centre:
• • On Monday, 10 May 1948, screen siren Mae West took her seat at Brighton’s Theatre Royal for the European premiere of ‘Ladies, Please!’ She co-wrote the play and was in town to attend its European premiere, bringing with her a dash of Hollywood glitz and glamour. And, judging by reviews published in local papers, the play was an ideal tonic for a town still in the grip of rationing and other post war austerity measures.
• • • "Ladies Please!" at the Theatre Royal, Monday, 10 May 1948 • • •
• • According to Kate Elms, Brighton History Centre:
• • Heading the cast were George Gee and Betty Frankiss, who was famous for her panto appearances, supported by Pat McGrath and Dick Emery. The plot centered on two men (played by McGrath and Emery), who attend a birthday party dressed as women, with predictably comic results. The Brighton & Hove Herald declared that, ‘In a red wig and purple sequins, Dick Emery is irresistible and his clowning never flags, while Pat McGrath plays his platinum blonde companion with equal ease.’ And according to the Gazette, ‘It [the play] oozes sex from the opening lines to the final curtains but is honest enough to pretend to be nothing else but what it is — — a blasé farce.’
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Well, they've sued me for everything else."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on a screening at MOMA mentioned Mae West.
• • According to NBC New York's Elizabeth Bougerol: WEST WAS WON: 1933’s “She Done Him Wrong” is best known for the bit where sassy saloon owner Mae West (who wrote the play the movie is based on) suggests to Cary Grant (whom she frankly looks like she could benchpress) that he might want to come up and see her sometime. The rest of the movie goes down just as easily, and is a nice reminder that not all early leading ladies were wispy, glowy butterflies or dark femmes fatales — West’s appeal is far more complicated than all that. MoMA, 8 pm  . . .
• • Source: News Item: "5/10: Ane Brun, Mae West, and the Electravox — — Three ways to pretend it’s not Monday" written by Elizabeth Bougerol for; posted on 10 May 2010
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2296th 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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