Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Mae West: Hollywood Hatchet

"We did have one important preview this week — — the MAE WEST picture," explained the memo to the Hay Office in early January 1933.
• • Hollywood hatchet man James Wingate had previewed the motion picture on Monday, 9 January 1933. He was concerned that all the details about white slavery, which had been part of the popular stage production "Diamond Lil," had not been white-washed sufficiently. Wingate was also worried, he noted, about "the general low tone of the action and backgrounds." 
• • Hmm. Did Wingate expect the activities inside a Bowery saloon named "Suicide Hall" — — where forlorn prostitutes went to end it all — — to be similar to a chimerical 1930s cartoon?
• • And what a change in Tinseltown since then, eh? Meanwhile, the once colorful Bowery is being redeveloped for creaky millionaires and trust-fund babies with edgy tattoos. Tsk.
• • On Wednesday, 9 January 1889 in Brooklyn, NY • •
• • On this date, John West took his best girlfriend Tillie Decker to Brooklyn's Borough Hall to apply for a marriage license. Mae's mother's name appears as "Tillie Decker" on the form, not as "Matilda" and definitely not as "Doelger" (clearly some later daydream of Mae's).
• • On Friday, 9 January 2009 • •
• • It was on Friday, 9 January 2009 that Brian David Phillips wrote about this unusual topic: "Mae West Hypnotic Orgasms?"
• • Brian David Phillips explained: As part of an ongoing discussion on hypnotically induced orgasms in the Hypnosis Technique Exchange, one correspondent wrote: "Several years ago I brought a young lady home who told me she was not able to have the big O. Without ever getting within two feet of her, I got her to have spectacular orgasms. Across the kitchen table, as we chatted, I discovered that the person who could have Huge O's, in her mind, was Mae West. Therefore, I put her into a trance, and I told her she was Mae West and to let 'em rip. She did and she was overjoyed."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I like to slip down to Los Angeles Chinatown for chicken chop suey. I never worry much about my figure."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Perth, Australia mentioned Mae West.
• • The Mirror wrote: If even a schoolkid was asked who said "Come up and see me some time," he'd pick it in one — — Mae West. But Mae wasn't the first. William Ewart Gladstone, made use of the expression in 1886 — — almost 50 years before Mae West daunted a buxom curve and drawled it in someone's ear.
• • Source: Item: "Come up and see me some time" in The Mirror; published on Saturday, 2 January 1937
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2541st 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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