Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mae West: Lands a Punch

When filming "Go West Young Man" a.k.a. "Personal Appearance" in 1936, Mae West made sure that, when she had to punch her co-star Warren William, she made a good job of it. She invited four of her "fighting" friends to watch her work — — then asked them to show her how it should be done.
• • Source: Item: "Hello, Hollywood! What's Going On Over There?" printed in Sunday Times (Perth, Australia); published on Sunday, 24 January 1937.
• • On Wednesday, 24 January 1945 • •
• • When "Catherine Was Great" starring Mae West was in performance, reviews were mixed. In a January column — — published on Wednesday, 24 January 1945 — — the Boston Post was rude and dismissive, sneering "It doesn't seem that anyone over 21 would admit to having written such a play." But the play and the Broadway star found some supporters in the media, for instance, Stark Young. And the fans were in Mae's corner, buying tickets.
• • On Saturday, 24 January 1948 in London • •
• • "Diamond Lil" starring Mae West toured Manchester, Blackpool, Birmingham, and Glasgow before opening at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, very grandly, on Saturday night, 24 January 1948.
• • On Tuesday, 24 January 1950 in the Baltimore Sun • •
• • Sculptor Louis Rosenthal was interviewed and photographed in a Maryland hotel suite right next to Mae West. The article was: "Mae West Unaltered in 19 Years, Sculptor Finds." It's an enjoyable read and the photo of them together in a hotel room is priceless as the caption: "Rosenthal studies the Mae West profile." Too splendid, is it not?
• • Mae West was performing in "Diamond Lil" at the Ford Theatre in January 1950.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If I went out as a star and flopped, I was through. If I went out as a nobody, I wouldn't be under the gun — — and I had a chance."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about The National Theatre in D.C. mentioned Mae West.
• • From 19 February 1945 through 24 February 1945 "Catherine Was Great" was onstage there. This comedy by and starring Mae West had billed the star in their Program as "Diamond Lil of all Russia.” Mae brought "Come On Up" to this venue on 23 September 1946 for a week-long engagement.
• • Nelson Pressley wrote: Mae West, Carol Channing, Rex Harrison, Tallulah Bankhead, Laurence Olivier, Jack Lemmon, Audrey Hepburn, Noel Coward: These are among the legends who have graced the stage of the National Theatre since it opened more than 175 years ago. And now, ladies and gentlemen . . .
• • Source: Article: "Underused National Theatre is ready for its next act" written by Nelson Pressley for The Washington Post; published on Friday, 11 January 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2556th 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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