Sunday, February 03, 2013

Mae West: Sag Harbor

MAE WEST wrote the screenplay for "My Little Chickadee" [1940] with W.C. Fields and Sag Harbor has invited the comedienne and her celluloid consort back for a lively screening this week. The entry fee will include a box of popcorn.
• • "My Little Chickadee" — — starring Mae West and W.C. Fields — — was officially released on 15 March 1940 and was booked in Manhattan at the prestigious Roxy; then located at 153 West 50th Street, this superbly appointed cathedral devoted to the cinema had first opened in 1927.
• • When: 8:00 pm on Friday, 8 February 2013
• • Where: Bay Street Theatre, Bay Street, Sag Harbor.
• • Tell them you heard about it on the Mae West Blog.
• • On Monday, 3 February 1930 in The Daily Mirror • •
• • A staffer for New York City's "picture newspaper" The Daily Mirror explained to the hometown fans of Mae West how her mother's recent death affected the actress behind the scenes. Perhaps one backstage snitch conveyed the details when Mae "collapsed in  her dressing room at the Shubert Riviera Theatre" [sic] also noting that the Broadway star "had to be carried to her home by members of the company."
• • Source: The Daily Mirror (NYC); published on Monday, 3 February 1930.
• • On Saturday, 3 February 1934 in The Daily News • •
• • On 3 February 1934, after the jurors deliberated for three days, Edward Friedman was pronounced guilty for robbing Mae West of cash and jewelry. The judge and a number of influential individuals praised Mae for her courage and her determination to fight in the open against thugs and blackmailers who attempted to prey on movie stars. Trial coverage was published in The N.Y. Daily News and other dailies on Saturday, 3 February 1934 and the following day.
• • On Monday, 3 February 1936 in Hollywood • •
• • There must have been a good reason why Paramount Productions published a "Klondike Annie: censorship dialogue script" on Monday, 3 February 1936. This script was 146 pages long.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Hello, police headquarters? Will you kindly send someone here immediately to take a desperate character?" [dialogue from Mae's stage play "Sex"]
• • Mae West said:  "You've got to hit them [i.e., the audience] in the eye with it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about the Western film genre mentioned Mae West
• • Graham Fuller wrote: Corrupt saloon culture was no match for Laurel and Hardy’s innocence, stupidity, and song-and-dance skills in “Way Out West” (1936), arguably their best full-length talkie. W.C. Fields and Mae West’s teaming on “My Little Chickadee” and especially the Marx Brothers’ “Go West” (both 1940) trashed the genre’s dignity, as did Abbott and Costello in “Ride ’em Cowboy” (1942). ...
• • Source: Article: "Can the Western Survive?" written by Graham Fuller for Art Info; posted on Thursday, 31 January 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2566th 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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  1. Anonymous3:10 AM

    Hi, It's your old Facebook pal Chuck B. Couldn't find an email addy to send this to you, so I'll just post this as a comment. I found this while looking up something today.
    If there's another way I should send stuff, just email me.
    Hope all is well!

  2. Chuck, what a darling you are! "Schoolboy Expelled for 'Mae West' Act" in Hiawatha, Kansas!! I love it . . . but not as much as I love you, honey! :-D

  3. Anonymous2:31 PM

    Aww thanks, Love you too! Miss hearing from you! :)