Thursday, August 09, 2012

Mae West: Kiwi Angel

MAE WEST will be onscreen this evening in Otago, New Zealand.  The Hampden Film Appreciation Group selected "I'm No Angel" for their August screening.
• • Kiwis have a keen sense of fun, so don't be surprised when you go to their newsletter to read their entertaining description of this Pre-Code motion picture. Do not be shocked that their shorthand for "Film Appreciation Group" is FAG.
• • Hmmm. Seems you must be a FAG member to gain entry to screenings, however, it is not difficult to join this good-natured fellowship.
• • WHEN: 7:30 pm on Thursday, 9 August 2012. FAG's phone: 4394 887.
• • Jimmie Fidler [24 August 1900 — 9 August 1988] • •
• • "Watching Mae West stroll down the avenue, I always catch myself musing on the sway of all flesh," Jimmie Fidler wrote on 17 December 1940.
• • Jimmie Fidler was an American columnist, journalist, and radio and television personality. He wrote a Hollywood gossip column that often mentioned Mae West. He died on 9 August 1988.
• • On Thursday, 9 August 1934 • •
• • In an interview with George Daws, Mae West said: "Everyone else that gets in the money out here buys a forty-room house, hires a dozen servants, and gets ritzy. But not me. I'd be lonesome."
• • Source: New York World Telegram on Thursday, 9 August 1934.
• • On Wednesday, 9 August 1944 • •
• • Audiences appreciated Mae West in "Catherine Was Great" but the reviewers are often hard to please.  Variety was persnicketty so often that their resident sourpusses were reliably poised to leave no turn unstoned. The headline for Variety's front page critique was "Mae West Stands 'em Up Despite Pans" (published in the issue dated for Wednesday, 9 August 1944).  According to the man-on-the-aisle, "the play lacks fun."
• • Released on Tuesday, 9 August 1994 • •
• • The documentary film "Mae West and the Men Who Knew Her" was released in the USA on Tuesday, 9 August 1994.
• • Gene Feldman [1920 — 25 August 2006] directed this bio-pic.
• • 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 ever-popular Mae West Raffle will offer rare prizes once again to a number of lucky attendees. The public is invited.
• • Mae West was born in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, 17 August 1893.
• • Closest MTA subway stations: Grand St. or Canal St.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A quiet country estate would bore me. I'm a city gal and I like rackets — — and I don't mean what you think."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An ad for "I'm No Angel" in August 1934 said this:
• • Castle Theatre, Newcastle, Wyoming — Last Time Tonight: Thursday, August 9th — Mae West in "I'm No Angel" — A vehicle for Mae West which fits every curve of her fascinating personality.  Her blinding swift wit is ever present.
• • Source: The News Letter Journal in Wyoming; published on Thursday, 9 August 1934
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2389th 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 • 1933
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