Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mae West: Molly Haskell

MAE WEST flashed a smile in a recent review by Molly Haskell.
• • No stranger to The New York Times Book Review, Molly Haskell was asked to critique two new titles about the golden age of Hollywood: “The Noir Forties: The American People From Victory to Cold War” by Richard Lingeman along with “The Entertainer” engagingly written by Margaret Talbot, youngest daughter of character actor Lyle Talbot.
• • In the issue dated for Sunday, 16 December 2012, the review was published on the front page.  Since Margaret Talbot had offered her opinions on motion pictures featuring her Dad, Molly Haskell noted, "Her assessments of movies are sharp and engaging, without being strikingly original. ... But I can't allow to pass unchallenged her assertion that "the pre-Code era produced only a few really great talking pictures." 
• • Molly Haskell continued: "Still, 'really great' is the wrong term if it can't include 'Scarface,' 'The Public Enemy,' 'Trouble in Paradise,' ... and the early film of Busby Berkeley and Mae West."
• • Have a look at the complete review because it's always worth reading the writings of movie maven Molly Haskell. Additionally, in her 1987 bestseller "From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies," Molly Haskell discussed the Mae West persona.
• • Lyle Talbot [8 February 1902 — 2 March 1996] • •
• • Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Nebraska, Lyle Talbot jumpstarted his movie momentum under contract to Warner Brothers in the early days of "the talkies" and went on to appear in more than 150 films, first as a young matinĂ©e idol and later as a character actor and star of assorted B movies. He was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and later served on the board.
• • A 34-year-old Lyle Talbot portrayed the amusing Irish Catholic politician Francis X. Harrigan who pursued blonde vixen Mavis Arden in "Go West Young Man" [1936].
• • On Sunday, 22 December 1935 in The L.A. Times • •
• • Photographs of Mae's Los Angeles apartment were featured in the Sunday edition of The Los Angeles Times on 22 December 1935.
• • On Monday, 22 December 2003 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Those who read The New York Times on Monday, 22 December 2003 and tried to do the daily crossword puzzle, saw this clue: "Mae West, for one."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I walk with men, dearie, not dogs."
• • Mae West said: "I never think about age."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Bill Miller mentioned Mae West.
• • Sunset Thomas wrote:  I’d known of Bill Miller, of course, he was the man credited with bringing lounge acts to Vegas — — he’d worked with everyone from Sinatra to Elvis, from Louis Prima to Zsa Zsa Gabor from Mae West to Barbra Streisand. His association with the squared circle, however, was something I hadn’t known. ...
• • Source: Article: "The Harder They Fall: Marquez, Pacquiao, Mayweather and Mike Monreal" written by Sunset Thomas for Doghouse Boxing; posted on Tuesday, 11 December 2012
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2523rd 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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• • Mae West with Lyle Talbot, et al, 1936
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