Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mae West: Men Wanted

"The Man You Want — MAE WEST Gives You His Number" was printed in the September 1934 issue of Photoplay and written by Helen Harrison.
• • Some of the one-liners from Mae West were taken either from her motion picture scripts or recycled from earlier interviews. For instance, "Men are all alike — except the one you've met who's different" is a sassy line Mae would repeat to reporters.
• • In "The Man You Want," Mae tells her fans that men can be divided into three types: the sweetheart, the father, and the lover.  She advises women to be aware of their own needs first, and be guided by that yardstick when deciding which man might be more suitable for her personality. Very modern thinking for 1934.
• • William Safire [17 December 1929 — 27 September 2009] • •
• • In 1949, William Safire, 20 years old, interviewed sex symbol and "Diamond Lil" star Mae West.
• • William Safire was born on 17 December 1929 in Mae's hometown — — New York City. The youngest of three sons of Oliver C. and Ida Panish Safir [an "e" being added on to clarify pronunciation], Safire graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and attended Syracuse University. However, he quit after his second year in 1949 to take a job with Tex McCrary, a columnist for The New York Herald Tribune who hosted radio and TV shows; the young legman interviewed Mae West, Lucky Luciano, and other known names.
• • In 1978, William Safire won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished journalism. He died on Sunday, 27 September 2009.  He was 79.
• • On Thursday, 27 September 1934 in Boston Herald • •
• • A review of "Belle of the Nineties" appeared in the Boston Herald on this date.
• • On Friday, 27 September 1935 • •
• • According to "The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville," one greedy variety artist tried to stage his comeback based on a bigamy scandal.  Anthony Slide wrote:  Billed as “Mister Mae West,” Frank Wallace opened in burlesque at the Eltinge Theatre on Friday, 27 September 1935, in an act with Trixie LeMae that he claimed he had performed with his first wife Mae West.
• • On Wednesday, 27 September 1961 in Variety • •
• • Mae West starred in the stage comedy "Come On Up" during the summer of 1961. She had observed something done by the Shuberts — — the placement of a publicity ad in the trade papers after a show closed. This is what she did when "Come On Up" closed, too, and her advertisement in Variety (in their issue dated for 27 September 1961) recapped positive comments from the reviews.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'd add hot lines and jokes that I knew they'd cut."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An item in TV Guide in 1963 mentioned Mae West.
• • TV Guide wrote:  Mae West is negotiating for a comedy cartoon series, "Pretty Mae," which would feature her voice behind a cartoon caricature of herself. Her only previous TV appearances have been the 1958 Oscar telecast and a "Red Skelton Hour" three years ago.
• • Source: News Item: "Coming Up" written by staff for TV Guide; published on Saturday, 18 May 1963
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2440th 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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