Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mae West: She Whips 'em Off

In 1946, MAE WEST was appearing onstage in "Come On Up" during the Christmas holidays, delighting her Midwest fan base.
• • When She Whips 'em Off • •
• • On Thursday, 26 December 1946, The Milwaukee Sentinel wrote: "It cannot be said that 'Come On Up' is not on the corny side, but it is cheerful, crude, well-plowed corn, grown that way on purpose.  Many women in the audience giggled delightedly ... Miss West's wisecracks are good in spots and almost always seem to be funny when she whips them off."
• • On Sunday, 26 December 2004 • •
• • Pat Jordan wrote: Between serving in the Navy during World War II and again during the Korean War, Joe Gold (born 1922) lived as a beach bum in Santa Monica, alternating work in the merchant marine as a machinist's mate with play on the beach. It was there, after Korea, that he heard about a casting call for a Las Vegas revue starring Mae West. When Gold and a few of his fellow bodybuilders visited Mae West's apartment, she looked them over and said, ''I'll take all of you.''
• • Pat Jordan added: After Gold finished his cross-country tour with Mae West, he soon returned to Santa Monica, where he used his machinist's skills to design and build his own sophisticated weight-lifting equipment. In 1965 he opened the first Gold's Gym . ...
• • Source: Article: "Body by Joe" written by Pat Jordan for The NY Times Magazine; published on Sunday, 26 December 2004.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm health-minded. If you take care of your health and you're interested in positive thinkin' you'll be okay." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Motion Picture Daily wrote: New Orleans, Sept. 21, 1934 — The Tribune, morning publication, prints this anent the Mae West midnight preview at the Saenger:  "In all my days I never saw such a stampede to get into a movie theatre as the one put on at the Saenger to see Mae West's latest picture. They broke doors, pushed out glasses, tore down railings, stampeded over fainting women and cursed and yelled during the rampage. Some persons stood in line for at least two hours  — — and some even went so far as to threaten physical injury if they were not permitted to crowd inside  — — Mae, herself, would have enjoyed the scene." ...
• • Source: Item: "Sounds Like a Riot" in Motion Picture Daily; published on Friday, 21 September 1934  
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2527th 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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