Sunday, January 13, 2013

Mae West: Dining Car App

In January 1938, MAE WEST was trying to open a restaurant inside a fully-equipped dining car. Here's the headline and news item that ran on Thursday, 13 January 1938.
• • Headline: "Mae West's Application for Dining Car Zoning In Van Nuys Considered By Planners."
• • The Van Nuys News wrote: Application of Mae West, cinema actress, for a variance of zoning of a parcel of land on Van Nuys boulevard near Circle Drive, for permission to place on the site an equipped dining car to be used for restaurant purposes, was taken under submission by the City Planning Commissioners Tuesday for further study . . . .
• • Source: Van Nuys News [predecessor of the Los Angeles Daily News]; published on Thursday, 13 January 1938.
• • On Friday, 13 January 1933 • •
• • Even during the period when Paramount's film editors were cutting the footage, censor James Wingate continued to send reminders and advice about reshaping the dialogue. The closing remarks, for instance, when Lady Lou is in the vehicle with Captain Cummings needed more clarity, he noted.  A memo from Wingate dated Friday, 13 January 1933 emphasized that he wanted Captain Cummings to say, "You're still my prisoner and as soon as you are clear with the law I'm going to be your jailer for a long long time."
• • On Saturday, 13 January 1945 • •
• • "Catherine Was Great" featured Mae West onstage in her stunning Russian empress regalia. Mike Todd's lavish production was onstage from 2 August 1944 — 13 January 1945 on Broadway, which ran for 191 performances. The play was staged at the Shubert Theatre, then moved to the Royale.
• • Mae's 70-lb train in the final scene required four men . . . • •
• • John T. Alexander wrote: The elaborate, heavily brocaded costumes tested her endurance; her 70-lb train in the final scene required four men to lift it gracefully. ... Certainly her portrayal impressed more deeply than ever in the popular psyche Catherine's association with extravagant, theatrical sexuality."
• • Source for this information: John T. Alexander's book "Catherine the Great: Life and Legend" (New York: Oxford University Press, Nov. 1989, 418 pages).
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Catherine reigned as Empress of Russia for some 34 years — — from 28 June 1762 until her death in 1796. Here is the famous curtain speech Mae West gave: “I’m glad you like my Catherine. I like her, too. She ruled 30 million people and had 3,000 lovers. I do the best I can in two hours.”
• • Mae West said:  "I did not change my way of life. I harmed no one. I had a philosophy, an idea of how to live fully and in my way.  I believed in it as fully and as strongly as I believed in being an American."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Hollywood Reporter mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West in Paramount's "She Done Him Wrong" — Now Shooting
• • Source: The Hollywood Reporter, "Today's Film News"; published on Tuesday, 3 January 1933 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2545th 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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