Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mae West: I'm a Saint

MAE WEST had intended to follow up, after her success with "I'm No Angel" [1933], with a different sort of role.  A gossip column hints at a film that will eventually be titled "Klondike Annie."
• • Mae West to Play "I'm a Saint" (By Air Mail From London) • •
• • British columnist Greville Bain wrote:  Mae West as a saint.  Whatever one may think of Miss Mae West, every one must admit that she is irrepressible, although a little while ago there was a prediction that she had almost run her course.  Even the matter of years was raised against her. There were rumours of marriage a quarter of a century ago, but Miss West denied the marriage and repudiated the husband. 
• • Greville Bain explained:  There is no need to accept Miss West as a mere girl in order to be convinced of the abounding life in her.  Her peculiar crawling walk is as much suggestive of vitality as is the stride of Katharine Hepburn. Her personality may be too marked to be various, but she will not stereotype her roles, and the latest news is that she will appear as a religious leader.  The title chosen for the projected picture is "Hallelujah, I'm a Saint."
• • Greville Bain added:  This shows that Miss West is capable of attempting anything. One cannot imagine her as the inspirer of a new hot-gospelling movement even in California. Miss West's cynicism is a thing which she wears as obviously as she wears her diamonds. "I'm a Saint" seems to be a strange corrective to "I'm No Angel."
• • Source: Greville Bain's Cinema Chronicle (from London) published in The Queenslander on page 20 on Thursday, 20 June 1935.
• • Mahlon Hamilton [15 June 1880 — 20 June 1960] • •
• • Born in Virginia during the month of June — — on 15 June 1880 — — Mahlon Hamilton was cast as a sideshow spectator in the opening scene of "I'm No Angel" [1933], one of the men pressing closer to ogle Tira in her hilariously over-the-top "Little Egypt" costume. Stricken by cancer, the busy bit part player also died in June, on 20 June 1960, in Woodland Hills, California shortly after his 80th birthday.
• • On Monday, 20 June 1932 • •
• • Eleanor Barnes, a columnist for the Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News wrote this: Mae West — — big and buxom — — no indeed, svelte and blonde, blew in on the Chief from New York, tired, not cranky, but peeved at the Great American desert for providing her with weather that was too torrid for even Mae to work in. "Diamond Lil" has yet to see a movie studio first-hand. She has never even seen a talkie made — — even in Gotham. But this oversight will be a thing of the past today when Mae gets over to Paramount studios where she is to play the leading role in "Night After Night.  ..." Her coverage was published on Monday, 20 June 1932 in the Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News.
• • Bugsy Siegel [28 February 1906 — 20 June 1947] • • 
• • In 1928, Bugsy Siegel lived in same building as George Raft, "Feets" Edson, and Mae West. Bang bang! The building is a lot calmer now but back in the speakeasy era it was not known for quiet nights.
• • On Saturday, 20 June 2009 in Iowa • •
• • Mae West's play "The Drag" was back onstage on Saturday night, 20 June 2009, thanks to Dreamwell Theatre in Iowa.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Reduced — — whatcha mean, reduced?  I’m weighing 120 pounds and even your slim movie stars don’t strip down that small."
• • Mae West said: "Well, if you’ve got the goods, and you know how to deliver them, you don’t have to cry about the show business."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Las Vegas mentioned Mae West.
• • Frommers Guide wrote:  Two performers whose names have been linked to Las Vegas ever since — — Frank Sinatra and Wayne Newton — — made their debuts there. Mae West not only performed in Las Vegas, but also cleverly bought up a half-mile of desolate Strip frontage between the Dunes and the Tropicana.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Las Vegas" written by Frommers Guide; posted 2011
By the Numbers • •
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