Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mae West: Scolded

It was Wednesday, 11 July 1934 and MAE WEST was being scolded in the newspapers.
• • Writing from Hollywood, Dan Thomas complained about nudity on the screen and vile dialogue. The front page article was illustrated with two scantily clad chorines.  In his opinion,  "It is harder to find a defense for the class of picture which offers nothing but a parade of nudity or ... And the increase in this type of motion picture of late was one of the reasons for the avalanche of public disapproval which fell on the movies. Mae West's excursion into the movie ring from Broadway offers a pretty good example of the progression." 
• • Dan Thomas continued:  Famous for her New York characterization of Diamond Lil, Mae West came to the movies. The result was "She Done Him Wrong," a picture which, though low in tone, contained such excellent characterizations that it not only drew few objections but it created a sort of vogue. 
• • More and More Liberty • •
• • Dan Thomas added:  But what followed was "I'm No Angel." This was a picture of far less artistic merit and one designed to cash in on the Mae West vogue.  It was cruder and with far less real merit. Then came the announcement of "It Ain't No Sin," not yet released but with a prospect of even greater liberty ...
• • Source: Article: "What's Wrong with the Movies?" written by Dan Thomas, NEA Services Staff Correspondent (in syndication) and printed on page 1 of the Hope Star on Wednesday, 11 July 1934.
• • Joe Gold [10 March 1922 — 11 July 2004] • •
• • Born in Los Angeles on 10 March 1922, Joe (Sydney) Gold served as a machinist in the U.S. Merchant Marines during both World War II and the Korean Conflict; he was injured in a torpedo attack. During his teens, he had been drawn to Muscle Beach in Santa Monica and a passion for physical fitness.
• • During the 1950s, Joe Gold became part of "The Mae West Revue."
• • A mentor and friend to many professional bodybuilders, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Gold operated the gym that bore his name until his death at age 82. He died in Marina del Rey on Sunday, 11 July 2004.
• • On Tuesday, 11 July 2000 • •
• • "Mae West" is a track by Herb Geller and Brian Kellock. You will find this jazzy single (4:04 minutes) on their album "Hollywood Portraits," released in the U.K. on Tuesday, 11 July 2000 by Hep Records.
• • On Friday, 11 July 2003 • •
• • It was Friday, 11 July 2003 and Dolly was delirious over her chance to portray Mae West.
• • Dolly Parton was going to be on your TV dial, or so she believed, when she gave this interview printed on July 11th.  From Liverpool, England, The Daily Post wrote:  Buxom country singing star Dolly Parton is to star in a made for television film about man-hungry actress Mae West. "They came to me and said I'd be perfect for the role,'' she told TV Guide. "I've been called the hillbilly Mae West, and when I took on the project I realised just how much we really did have in common. Not just being two little short blondes, but having a good healthy attitude and life and sex and the body, so I think it's going to be intriguing.''
• • On Tuesday, 11 July 2006 • •
• • The CD "Fabulous Mae West and Other Wonderful Girls" features a photo of Mae on its cover. Sepia Records released this collection on Tuesday, 11 July 2006.
• • Save the Date: Thursday, August 16th • •
• • Thursday, 16 August 2012 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the evening affair will start at 6:30 pm at 155 Mulberry Street.  This year Mae-mavens will enjoy an indoor event (ahhh, air conditioning), music written by Mae West's Italian husband will be played, and attendees will be seated. At the Reception, Italian wine and light refreshments will be served. The public is invited.
• • Mae West was born in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, 17 August 1893.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "To err is human — — but it feels divine."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in The Spectrum mentioned Mae West.
• • Duke Hunt writes about Saratoga, NY: During the 1920s and throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, Hollywood starlets and celebrities came in droves for the magic of the minerals. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and many others played gigs at the old Saratoga Hotel by night and attended the races by day. Mae West was said to travel there every summer for mineral baths said to keep her skin young and smooth. ...
• • Source: Article: "Memory lane filled with lost favorites, the Great One" written by Duke Hunt for The Spectrum; posted on 11 July 2011
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2359th 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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• • Mae West • 1934
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