Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mae West: Bright Dialogue

MAE WEST said:  “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”
• • Kristen Stewart, eat your heart out.
• • On Wednesday, 30 June 1937 • • 
• • It was 75 years ago. Hollywood beckoned to picture-goers all over the globe to leave their troubles at the ticket booth.
• • And Mae West was doing her part in Singapore to keep an English-speaking audience entertained on Wednesday evening, 30 June 1937.  Readers of The Straits Times read a positive review of the new Mae West motion picture "Go West Young Man" (on page 12) — — with Warren William and Lyle Talbot, then booked at Pavilion Theatre — — the two showtimes were 6:15 pm and 9:15 pm. The main feature was screened with a supporting program: a film showing snow sports by Grantland Rice, a musical interlude, and a Popeye cartoon.
• • "Mae West Comes East to Singapore" • •
• • "Bright Dialogue at The Pavilion" • •
• • The Straits Times wrote: With typically robust humour, Mae West returns with curves and wisecracks... the film is mainly notable for its crisp dialogue....
• • Don De Leo [30 June 1904 — 14 August 1979] • •
• • Mae West was surrounded by a large cast when she starred in "Catherine Was Great," which opened at the Shubert Theatre in August 1944. When Don De Leo was offered the role of Ambassador Murad Pasha, it was the 40-year-old actor's first time on Broadway. After that show, he was seen as Jerry Bonanza in "Billion Dollar Baby" and in "Don't Drink the Water" among other productions.
• • Born in the month of June — — on 30 June 1904 — — Italian American actor Don De Leo typically was cast in ethnic roles. In his first motion picture "Lying Lips" [1939] he played Farina, a brutish Italian American club owner. In his final film, "The Incident" [1967] he played a father, Mr. Carmatti. After being involved with 14 productions on the big screen and on TV, De Leo concluded his professional career as a standby in the long-running comedy "Don't Drink the Water" written by Woody Allen and produced by David Merrick.
• • Don De Leo died in New York City on 14 August 1979. He was 75.
• • In June 1932 • • 
• • An "Impossible Interview" between Queen Marie of Romania and Mae West was printed in Vanity Fair's issue dated for June 1932.
• • In June 1973 • • 
• • Mae West was the cover girl for Hollywood Studio Magazine's issue dated for June 1973.
• • On Sunday, 30 June 1935 • • 
• • Frank Wallace was quite a talker when a news man was present.  He told the New York American that Timony began living with Mae West and one day he pulled over in a "fine, big automobile" with Mae inside, happily wrapped up in a fur coat.  "He said I ought to realize my marriage to Mae was a fizzle and that she could not afford to be married because there was a future waiting for her in show business."  The paper ran a long interview with the washed-up vaudevillian in their issue dated for Sunday, 30 June 1935.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about sex lives in Hollywood mentioned Mae West.
• • Nick Gillespie wrote: In the grand, effluvia-soaked tradition of Hollywood Babylon, a new memoir from sexual networker Scotty Bowers lets it all hang out when it comes to exposing screen giants’ erotic excesses. Like MGM in its heyday, "Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars" (Grove) has more stars than there are in heaven. From silent-screen royalty such as Gloria Swanson and Ramon Novarro to classy Brits such as Cary Grant and Elsa Lanchester to American legends such as Mae West and Rock Hudson, Bowers dishes long and hard on just who preferred what kind of sex, how often, and with what sort of partner(s). ...
• • Source: Article: "The Freaky Fetishes of Golden Age Hollywood" written by Nick Gillespie for Reason Magazine; posted on 29 June 2012
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2348th 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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