Friday, December 27, 2013

Mae West: Flavor Identified

Fans of MAE WEST in Big Spring, Texas were reading about her on December 27th when her new motion picture was released.
• • "Mae West Chooses Modem-Day, Rural Setting for Newest Film at the Ritz" • •
• • In "Go West Young Man" offered on Sunday and Monday Mae West forsakes the barroom and boudoir settings and the Gay Nineties atmosphere to go rural and modern in her latest film offering. The picture, "Go West Young Man," is the feature of the Sunday — Monday program at the Ritz Theatre.  ...
• • For the first time since her screen debut, Miss West sings a fetching romantic ballad in the picture. The song is titled ''I Was Saying to the Moon," and she sings it to Randolph Scott. She also sings two other songs in typical Mae West tempo, with words and music carrying the flavor identified with the wise-cracking gal. They are "A Typical, Tropical Night" and "Go West Young Man." ...
• • Source: Review for Big Spring Daily Herald; published on Sunday, 27 December 1936.
• • On Monday, 27 December 1937 • •
• • "Every Day's a Holiday" starring Mae West was reviewed (on page 8) for Film Daily on Monday, 27 December 1937.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • At that time there were no sex symbols, said Marlene Dietrich [born on 27 December 1901]. In my opinion this notion first came into being with Marilyn Monroe. Sex was then taboo.
• • "We must do all that only and exclusively with the eyes," Mae West explained to me one day. And we all stuck to this. There was no scene in which we undressed or appeared semi-nude, nothing improper. I must confess I prefer that method to what you see on the screen nowadays. I don't like it, and I'm sure the public shares my dislike.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "We haven't had any perfectly Natural Figures since the war took beer away."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A column by George Jean Nathan mentioned Mae West.
• • "Locally unmolested legitimate theatre plays ..." • •
• • In his December column, George Jean Nathan continued to discuss the censors and the stage: That there was occasional dirt in burlesque, no one is going to deny. But there certainly was no more and generally infinitely less than in any dozen such locally unmolested legitimate theatre plays and shows as "Catherine Was Great," "School For Brides", .... [dated on 25 December 1946].
• • Source: The Theatre Book of the Year 1946 — 1947 by George Jean Nathan. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2819th 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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