Monday, September 03, 2012

Mae West: Movie Classics

It was the September 1991 issue of American Movie Classics and MAE WEST greeted her fans from the newsstand. 
• • "Goin' West — — Mae West and the Wild Frontier" was the saucy cover line.  A stunning front page.
• • Arthur Gutman [27 August 1891 — 3 September 1945] • •
• • Libretto credit for "The Ginger Box Review" [1922] went to Paul Dupont, and the music credit went to Arthur H. Gutman. Promotional material printed by Jerome H. Remick and Co. indicated the first number was to be Mae West's introductory song "Come Over" followed by "Canoodle-Ooodle-Oo," then "Eugene O'Neill, You've Put a Curse on Broadway" — — also meant for Mae. Four more songs were prepared for either a soloist or the ensemble; these were: "California Poppy," "Sister Teams," "Big Chief Hooch," and "Cottage for Two."
• • Born in Vienna on 27 August 1891, Gutman worked his way to the West Coast and was hired in Tinseltown for the MGM Studios, serving as musical director and composer for a few dozen films during the 1930s and 1940s, often with a German theme. How popular were those during the WW2 era?
• • Arthur Gutman died in Los Angeles on Monday, 3 September 1945 and was laid to rest in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  He was 54.
• • On Wednesday, 3 September 1930 in Variety • •
• • According to Variety, the Wall Street crash clobbered the box office. When "Sex" starring Mae West enjoyed a ten-week engagement at the Garrick Theatre in Chicago, Variety noted that The Windy City had only three other plays in production during that interval.  Variety's issue dated for Wednesday, 3 September 1930 noted that a dozen legitimate Chicago playhouses had gone dark.  It was a lucky break for Mae, all the same.
• • On Monday, 3 September 2007 in California • •
• • Featuring portraits of Mae West and others, the installation "Rockin' Hollywood" was on display in the Sun Deck Gallery on the Queen Mary [Long Beach, California] until Monday (Labor Day), 3 September 2007.
• • Thanks to the curator Dr. Lou D'Elia, viewers were made aware that Mae West, when starring in the ill-fated "Myra Breckinridge," set up her own lighting and struck her own pose, all the while ordering the photographer Michael Childers around.
• • In Her Own Words • • 
• • Mae West said: "I'm my own child."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about promiscuity mentioned Mae West.
• • Anthony Browne wrote:  'So many men, so little time!' The actress and temptress Mae West jested about it, but scientists — — male ones anyway — — are convinced they have proved it.  Women — — far from being naturally monogamous — — are, like men, naturally promiscuous. ...
• • Source: Article: "Women are promiscuous, naturally" written by Anthony Browne for The Observer [UK]; published on Saturday, 2 September 2000
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2415th 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 • 1991 cover
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