Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mae West: Making Love

"Making Love to MAE WEST Is Like a Football Game" was the hilarious headline on the cover of Motion Picture's sassy issue for September 1934.  The first-person piece was attributed to her handsome co-star Johnny Mack Brown (as told to reporter Jack Smalley).  
• • Romantic scenes in "Belle of the Nineties" would have to be re-shot, the actor confessed to his fans, with the censors calling the shots as the studio acted as the referee. 
• • Paramount sent a mascot to survey the field, hoping to guard against those potential problems resulting from any steamy footage between American beauty queen Ruby Carter and her screenland suitors. 
• • As the cameras rolled, said Johnny Mack Brown, they had to be very careful that no romantic embraces "got too close for Primville."  
• • Robert B. McKenzie [22 September 1880 — 8 July 1949] • •
• • Born in County Antrim, Ireland on Wednesday, 22 September 1880, Robert B. McKenzie set his compass for Tinseltown and launched his cinema career in 1915 when he was in his mid-30s and scored his first roles as a hotel proprietor, desk clerk, waiter, constable, and father.
• • The busy bit parts player had a comical look that casting agents could use — — he was a small man with a big belly.  From 1915 — 1946, he managed to squeek into 327 shorts and feature films, many of them B-level Westerns.
• • The portly Irishman had the opportunity to work with Mae West twice.  In "I'm No Angel" he was "man at rooming house" and in "My Little Chickadee" he was a townsman.
• • Robert B. McKenzie had a fatal heart attack in Manunuck, Rhode Island on 8 July 1949.  He was 68.
• • On Friday, 22 September 1911 • •
• • On Friday, 22 September 1911, 18-year-old Mae West was in the spotlight. On that date, "A La Broadway" had opened at the Folies-Bergere Theatre, New York, NY. This short-lived revue closed on 30 September 1911.
• • On Saturday, 22 September 1934 • •
• • In September 1934, Mae was involved in promoting her fourth feature for Paramount Pictures: "Belle of the Nineties." This motion picture was released on September 21st. The title of the movie review published in The New York Times on Saturday, 22 September 1934 was "Mae West and Her Gaudy Retinue in 'Belle of the Nineties'." Here is the first sentence — — "Of course, Miss West is her own plot," wrote Times critic Andre Sennwald.
• • On Tuesday, 22 September 1992 • •
• • An article "Way Out West" was published (on page 57) in The Advocate (issue dated for 22 September 1992).  Journalist R.L. Pela wrote about Mae West's career.  
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have to go to the safe deposit box and get the stuff out, and that's a lot of trouble."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A news item by Kevin Thomas revealed the private life of Mae West.
• • Mae West was the genuine article — — even if not all her diamonds were real. Such were my thoughts as Joe Gold and I, both longtime friends of Mae's, went over the jewelry and memorabilia that her longtime companion Charles Krauser had stored after her death in 1980 at 87.  ...
• • Source: News Item: "Up for Bid: All That Glittered on Mae West" written by Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer for The L.A. Times; posted on Friday, 22 September 2000
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2435th 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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