Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mae West: 3 Showings

MAE WEST is waiting for you today at 209 West Houston Street. Don't be late.
• • As part of their salute to 1933, New York City's premiere movie house Film Forum is presenting a gold rush that is one month long — — mining the best motion pictures from 1933. This four-week festival runs through the first week of March, ending on Thursday, 7 March 2013.
• • 3 Showtimes on February 27 • •
• • Mae West will be on hand for two separate double features — — and the first date will be on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 when fans can enjoy a two-fer: "She Done Him Wrong" and "Broadway Through a Keyhole" (based on Walter Winchell's columns and starring Constance Cummings, who was seen with Mae West in "Night After Night," Texas Guinan, and tragic Russ Columbo, slain months later). Three showtimes are scheduled.
• • Another 1933 favorite on the schedule is "I'm No Angel" on Friday, 1 March 2013.
• • Come up to see Mae on West Houston Street.
• • Happy Birthday, Mark! • •
• • Happy Birthday to Mae-maven and Canadian researcher R. Mark Desjardins. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on Tuesday, 27 February 1951. Readers have noticed the fascinating excerpts we have posted from time to time, with his kind permission, from his manuscript "In Search of Mae West," a carefully detailed magnum opus that will be released as soon as it's completed.
• • Mark covered the last Mae West Birthday Bash held at the home of Ramfis Diaz in Los Angeles on 17 August 2010. Enjoy your special day, Mark!
• • On Saturday, 27 February 1932 • •
• • The headline on Saturday, 27 February 1932: "Puppets to Act in Shows Today."
• • The Cornell Daily Sun announced the Mae West marionette show on the front page: Tatterman Marionettes will present plays in Willard Straight Theater. "Stringing Broadway" is adult entertainment. The puppets . . . poke good-humored fun at the contemporary world of politics, the theatre, and letters. A burlesque grand opera . . . A.A. Milne, Mae West, and Eugene O'Neill are on the program. . . .
• • "Stringing Broadway," with its chorus of "Glorified Girls," takes the professional revue for a ride, noted the Cornell Daily Sun.
• • Source: Cornell Daily Sun, page 1 story, Volume 52, Issue 106, published on Saturday, 27 February 1932.
• • On Thursday, 27 February 1936 • •
• • Joseph Breen wrote to Will Hays about Mae West and "KIondike Annie." His letter is dated for Thursday, 27 February 1936.
• • Newspapers were aware of the bickering and the chaos. The Los Angeles Herald printed a news story on page 4 about the censorship issues on Thursday, 27 February 1936. It was never easy being Mae West.
• • On Sunday, 27 February 1938 • •
• • From Perth Australia, the newspapers echoed the after-shocks of "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" in December 1937: Mae West's un-Scriptural portrayal of Eve in a national broadcast has aroused the wrath of hundreds of American women and infuriated the clergy. They are shocked because, instead of the serpent tempting Eve, as the Book of Genesis records, Mae West tempted the serpent. The company that broadcast Mae as Eve has been besieged by angry resolutions from women's clubs.
• • "Applesauce! Horrible Blasphemy!" says Rev. Walsh • •
• • Rev. Maurice Walsh, of Battle Creek, Michigan, described Mae's Eve as "a travesty of Holy Scriptures." Walsh strongly objects to her referring to Eden's "Forbidden Fruit" as applesauce, the tempting item which women had fed men through the ages. ...
• • America's big Catholic League of Decency is also planning to reprimand her. . . .
• • Source: From Our Own Correspondent by Air in New York, Sunday Times (Perth, Australia) published on Sunday, 27 February 1938.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Prize fights are my chief form of relaxation. Watching boys in action takes my mind off studio and business problems. Furthermore, my father was a good boxer. Guess it's in the blood."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Out on Sunday" • •
• • Kansas City, Sept. 13,  1934 — As a concession to something or other, the Kansas City Journal-Post, running a serialized feature by Mae West titled "Me and My Past," omitted the story on Sunday and carried the installment on Monday instead.  An editor's note said the arrangement was requested by La West. ...
• • Source: Motion Picture Daily; published in mid-September 1934
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2590th 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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