Monday, April 01, 2013

Mae West: Figure Competition

The MAE WEST Figure Competition was announced in April 1933 and there would be "200 Beautiful Photographs of Mae West as Prizes."
• • In a partnership with the Rialto movie house in Broughton, England, which had booked "I'm No Angel," Paramount Pictures sponsored this intriguing contest. All an applicant had to do was attach half of a ticket purchased at the Rialto Theatre to the official entry coupon and submit it between April 21st and April 28th.
• • Paramount explained to British film fans: "This curvacious star was one day told that she was worth her weight in gold.
• • Paramount noted: Naturally anxious to know just exactly how much she was worth, Miss West ascertained that 5000 dollars in gold equaled 18 1/2 lbs. According to her reckoning, she placed her value at only 31,320 dollars.
• • The Rialto Theatre (Bury New Road, Broughton, England) screened "I'm No Angel" for a solid week beginning on Monday, 30 April 1933.
• • On Friday, 1 April 1921 • •
• • "The Ruby Ring" by Mae West was registered with the Library of Congress's Copyright Office early in the month of April — — on Friday, 1 April 1921.
• • It was during March 1921 when Mae West had mailed an envelope to the Library of Congress containing her first playscript, "The Ruby Ring." At 20 pages, this manuscript was more of an extended "sketch" than a play. Gloria, the female lead, is a mantrap who is able to pick the gents off with ease.
• • Her parents were living in Woodhaven in 1921 [705 Boyd Avenue] and Mae used this address when she registered the copyright.
• • Script Approval on Monday, 1 April 1935 • •
• • An enormous international cast was assembled to do justice to Mae West's ambitious screenplay "Now I'm a Lady" centered around the horsey set. Script approval was granted by the Hays Commission on Monday, 1 April 1935 and the motion picture was released by Paramount Pictures the following month as "Goin' to Town."
• • Starting on Wednesday, 1 April 1936 • •
• • On Sunday, 1 March 1936 The New York Times mentioned that Mae West confirmed she planned to go to Columbia Pictures with Emanuel Cohen, even though Paramount Pictures declared it had exercised its option and wanted their screen star to make two more pictures with the studio, the first one to start on Wednesday, 1 April 1936 — — and the second to start on 1 July 1936.
• • On Wednesday, 1 April 1942 • •
• • On 1 April 1942, Lou Walters opened The Latin Quarter in Manhattan. During the 1950s, Mae brought the "Mae West Revue" there twice.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I beat men at their own game. I don't look down on men but I certainly don't look up to them either. I never found a man I could love — — or trust — —  the way I love myself."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Atlanta newspaper mentioned Mae West (even though they got the dates wrong, oh, dear!).
• • Ann Boutwell wrote: April 9 — 13, 1939: For five days, Atlanta audiences had the rare opportunity to see Hollywood’s highest paid female star, Mae West, in person. The Mae West Revue [sic] played at the Paramount Theater on Peachtree Street. On a Wednesday evening between shows, City Council member Howard Haire and Lillian Everett of the Atlanta Parks Department invited West to the “Battle of Atlanta” show in the Cyclorama at Grant Park.  
• • “It is the best history lesson I ever had,” said Mae West, “and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. If there had only been something like this in Brooklyn, I might have been more interested in history when I went to school.”
• • Ed: "The Mae West Revue" was not around in 1939. Mae started auditioning men for it after the World War 2 era — — during the early 1950s. We are hoping the rest of this "look back" is accurate.
• • Source: "A Look Back" researched by Ann Boutwell for Atlanta In Town; posted on Friday, 1 April 2011
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2617th 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 comment:

  1. R. Mark Desjardins11:31 AM

    On this April 1st, it is obvious that Miss Mae West was never anyone's April Fool in that month or any other for sure. I truly appreciate your fresh and snappy insights into our favorite gal and look forward to enjoying your blog for a long time to come! Cheers this glorious spring day!