Friday, December 14, 2012

Mae West: Adelaide Appreciates

Ungenerous reviews of "The Heat's On" in the USA were not shared by the Australian critics who still appreciated the charm and talents of MAE WEST.
• • On Thursday, 14 December 1944, the motion picture was onscreen in Adelaide at the Mayfair Theatre. 
• • A local publication The Advertiser wrote:  In "The Heat's On" Mae West plays a burlesque queen who can make or ruin producers. It is a typical Mae West part. The show relies heavily, however, on Victor Moore in a comedy part as one of the principals — — the weaker one — — of a society for the uplifting of stage morals, and on several good acts, songs, and Xavier Cugat's band.
• • Much good material has been included and the film makes fair entertainment, though the burlesque queen herself achieves nothing more than her usual quota of powerful presences and ageing wisecracks. ...
• • Source: New Films: "The Heat's On" in The Advertiser (Adelaide); published on Thursday, 14 December 1944.
• • Frank Moran [18 March 1887 — 14 December 1967] • •
• • Many professional boxers worked with Mae West. When Frank Moran portrayed a framed convict in a memorable scene in "She Done Him Wrong" [1933], this was his fourth credit on the silver screen.
• • Born in Cleveland, Ohio on 18 March 1887, in 1916 (when he was 29 years old), Charles Francis "Frank" Moran fought Jess Willard for the heavyweight championship — — but lost. By the late 1920s, it seems he had hung up his mouth guard and padded gloves for good.
• • For three decades, from 1928 — 1957, he was seen in 145 motion pictures. You can almost hear Mae West saying, "You ain't no oil painting!" when you consider a casting agent's impression of the six-foot-one athlete. Some of the knuckle-dragging parts he played included: bruiser, fighter, truck driver, prisoner, jail guard, process server, sergeant, mug, tough guy, bouncer, gangster, plug-ugly # 3, ape man, bettor, craps player, moving crew, repo man, cabbie, bartender, waiter, stagehand, sailor, a cop with a "gravel voice," etc.
• • Frank Moran died of a heart attack in Hollywood in the month of December — — on Thursday, 14 December 1967. He was 80 years old.
• • On Tuesday, 14 December 1937 • •
• • Conservative Catholic Martin Quigley's hand-wringing article, "Radio Begs Trouble," found its way into Motion Picture Daily who ran it on page 10. The issue, centered around the controversial NBC Sunday evening broadcast starring Mae, was dated for Tuesday, 14 December 1937.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Everything I do and say is based on rhythm."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An award in England was named for Mae West.
• • A new category was created in November 2000: the Carlton TV Mae West Award for the "most outspoken women in the industry." Contenders that year included Janet Street-Porter, Sheila Hancock, and Ruby Wax. The ceremony in 2000 was at The Hilton, Park Lane, London.
• • In 2001, the BBC wrote: BBC Newsnight editor Sian Kevill has won a Carlton Women in Film and Television award for her contribution to news and current affairs. ... Dame Diana Rigg was presented with the Channel 4 lifetime achievement award and Maureen Lipman took the Carlton Mae West Award. ...
• • Source: News Item; published on Friday, 14 December 2001
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2515th 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.
 
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have always enjoyed "The Heat's On," and for a wartime musical it has a lot going for itself. Mae West looks gorgeous and her musical numbers are great. Unfortunately the censored "Lure" segment has never replaced. I don't even think it still exists, but what a treasure if it is in a unmarked tin in a vault somewhere. Hazel Scott's two musical numbers are great fun too. The film is well worth seeking out on DVD!