MAE WEST's "Diamond Lil" had an exuberant revival from August 17 — November 24. This 85-minute adaptation by LindaAnn Loschiavo has now been professionally archived by a 3-man crew.
• • The "Diamond Lil" cast has announced there will be a screening and party in Bushwick. All the uptown swells are expected to attend. A joyous occasion to be sure.
• • On Tuesday, 29 November 1932 • •
• • Mae West's script had been playing hide-and-seek with the Hays Office. However, on Wednesday, 30 November 1932, the project finally had a title that would not change: "She Done Him Wrong." A day earlier, there had been delicate negotiations on the part of Paramount's rep Harold Hurley. He mamboed around the play's references to white slavery, he massaged away any suggestion that Lil was a kept woman, and he agreed that the Salvation Army uniform had to be made into a safe generic. For all that, Mae got some zingers by the censors.
• • On Monday, 29 November 1948 • •
• • An American revival of "Diamond Lil" opened out of town on Monday, 29 November 1948 at Montclair, New Jersey.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Film critics are predicting that you will see another new and sensational star — — none other than Mae West, the "Diamond Lil" of Broadway.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have given six life-stories but I can always give another."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Demon Jinx Strikes!" • •
• • The Film Daily is advised that not one jinx, but two, too many, are pursuing the anniversary stage show at the New York Paramount theater. First, Mae West cancelled her booking over a disagreement, then Don Baker, organist, contracted appendicitis, then Paul Draper dancer, quit the show, and finally Jack Powell, drummer, fell off the platform into a sick bed. ...
• • Source: Item in The Film Daily, The Daily Newspaper of Motion Pictures; published on Friday, 20 November 1936
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