Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mae West: Spanking Sime

MAE WEST received several good notices for her role as Mayme Dean in "Sometime," a vehicle designed for Ed Wynn.  But the sourpuss staff at Variety could never resist a few lines laced with spite and malice.  If the publisher Sime could have spanked the Brooklynite in public, he probably would have done that, too.
• • Here's an excerpt from Variety's caustic comments that appeared in their issue dated for Friday, 11 October 1918:  "Miss West . . . did her dance known in the dumps as 'The Shimmy Shawabble,' and coming under the heading technically for the better houses of a cooch above the waist . . . Miss West has improved somewhat in looks but is still the rough hand-on-the-hip character portrayer that she first conceived as an ideal type of woman single in vaudeville."
• • Richard Peel [17 July 1920 — 11 October 1988] • •
• • London born on 17 July 1920, Richard Peel was seen as Christian, the Sussex Score Hotel's British chef in "Sextette" [1978]. Cast in numerous cinematic roles during the 1950 and 19060s, Richard Peel died in Los Angeles in October — — on Tuesday, 11 October 1988. He was 68.
• • Mae West Lips Sofa in Lego • •
• • A few years ago, using Lego tiles, Ruben Ras reinterpreted the Mae West Lips Sofa by Dali. Clever, isn't it?
• • On Saturday, 11 October 1930 • •
• • In the autumn of 1930, Mae West performed with the cast of "Sex" in the capital of Illinois. Invited by the Dill Pickle Club's founder John (Jack) Jones, the playwright and actress took to the stage on Saturday, 11 October 1930, and again on Saturday, 18 October 1930.
• • The Dill Pickle Club was thriving between 1914 — 1933 in The Windy City. Once one of Chicago’s best-known Bohemian nightspots, the club provided a forum for free speech as well as affording encouragement for artistic expression. Its patrons included Socialists, atheists, anarchists, “liberated” women, professional lecturers and soapbox orators, artists, actors, literary hopefuls and all sorts of unconventional types.
• • On Sunday, 11 October 1936 • •
• • On Sunday, 11 October 1936, Los Angeles Times readers saw this intriguing news item: "Mae West's Driver Hunted." Provocative, eh?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A man has more character in his face at 40 than at 20 — — he has suffered longer."
• • Mae West said: "I feel sexy all the time. And, face it, sex is behind everything you do.  A divine power."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on radio scripts discussed Mae West.
• • David Hinckley wrote: Ever wanted to write a radio script? Think it'd be cool to have it produced by real performers?   Well, here's your shot.
• • Joe Bevilacqua, a longtime champion of old-style radio drama, is soliciting new scripts that use classic radio characters . . .  Characters are free to cross over between shows, and writers are encouraged to incorporate famous guest stars, from Humphrey Bogart to Jimmy Stewart or Mae West. ...
• • Source: Article: "Old-time Show Seeks Scripts" written by David Hinckley for The N.Y. Daily News; published on Saturday, 7 October 2006
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2454th 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 • in Lego tiles
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