Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Mae West: Alaskan Admirer

An enchanting photo of a fur-draped, gowned, and smiling MAE WEST was printed on Tuesday, 5 March 1935 in an Ithaca, NY daily. Mustachioed Martin Itgen is a native of Alaska. Apparently, he appreciated the film "Klondike Annie" so much that he could not get the Paramount Pictures movie star out of his mind. Pining for her, he left the polar north for the palm trees of Tinseltown.
• • Photo Caption: Martin Itgen, owner and operator of the only streetcar and undertaking parlor in Skagway, Alaska took Mae West literally when he heard her famous "Come up sometime and see me."  He traveled all the way from his home to meet Mae. He is shown with the actress, standing on the rear platform of his streetcar (Associated Press).
• • Source: The Cornell Daily Sun, Volume 55, Number 114, issue dated for Tuesday, 5 March 1935.
• • On Monday, 5 March 1934 in The Hollywood Reporter • •
• • Their March 5, 1934 issue reported this: "It Ain't No Sin" (Rehearsing); Cast: Mae West, George Raft, Duke Ellington and Orchestra.
• • The Hollywood Reporter's March 5, 1934 issue also noted this item: Leo McCarey is searching for a Beef Trust chorus. Director wants a bulging line for the Mae West picture, "It Ain't No Sin." The headline for this item was "Beef Trust Wanted" and it ran in the Monday, 5 March 1934 issue in The Hollywood Reporter.
• • On Tuesday, 5 March 1935 • •
• • The Legion of Decency listed "Klondike Annie" as "objectionable in part," which got their grade of B, meaning that good Roman Catholics were not permitted to see the new Mae West picture after this ruling — — issued on Tuesday, 5 March 1935. Awww.
• • On Thursday, 5 March 1936 • •
• • The Associated Press broke the news first: "Mae West Quits Studio; She and Paramount Accuse Each Other of Breaking Contract."
• • Hollywood, Calif., March 5, 1936 (AP) — — Mae West and the Paramount studio jointly accused each other of voiding her movie contract today. Out of a welter of conflicting statements, only one fact seemed clear — — that she would make her next picture for another company. ...
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A quiet country estate would bore me. I'm a city gal."
• • Mae West said: "To catch a husband is an art. To hold him is a job."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Motion Picture Daily wrote: Paramount's new policy starts with "Cleopatra." Already lined up are: "The Scarlet Empress," "She Loves Me Not," the Mae West film, "Now and Forever," "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch," "College Rhythm" and "The Pursuit of Happiness." Each picture will run as long as it draws. Paramount figuring that with this lineup the theatre is set until December. ...
• • Source: "Paramount Goes Sound" in Motion Picture Daily; published on Tuesday, 24 July 1934 
• • By the Numbers • • 
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