Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mae West: Rhythmic Jiggle

Emanuel Cohen organized a separate production unit for MAE WEST's motion picture "Goin' to Town" right on Paramount's lot. It was a few days away from Christmas when production began on Tuesday, 18 December 1934.
• • Titled "Goin' to Town" and "Now I'm a Lady," the romantic comedy was wrapped up about two months later during February 1935.           
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 • •
• • "Every Day's a Holiday," a Gay Nineties motion picture comedy film starring and co-written by Mae West, was released in the USA in December — — on Saturday, 18 December 1937.
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 • •
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 some industry people surely noticed an article about Mae West on page 27 in Motion Picture Herald:   "Mae West Burlesques the Bible on the Air for Coffee Merchants."
• • It's kind of amusing that Mae's maternal grandpa was a coffee broker.
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1993 • •
• • On Wednesday, 29 September 1971 Mae West had written a letter to comedian Groucho Marx.  Mae wrote (in part), "I've always been crazy about your crazy comedy. I remember how I howled watching your rushes in the projection room at Paramount, when I was there too, waiting to watch my own. ... I have to tell you you're the greatest of all the funny men ... whenever you're in L.A. come up and see me."
• • Price realized for this rare letter by Christie's auction bidding in NYC on Saturday, 18 December 1993 was $2,530.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "The science of walkology" • •
• • The science of walkology has been sadly neglected. And it makes us very sad, and we mean to do something drastic about it right away.
• • For instance, "Clean up the Mae West picture!" was the censor's cry. They laundered the dialogue. They sapolioed the plot. They hove buckets of whitewash on the heroine's character.
• • Then Mae West walked across the screen. She walked, magnificent shoulders proudly poised, opulent bosom thrust well forward, luxuriant hips syncopating to the rhythmic jiggle of each high-heeled step. She walked, and her walk said everything she was forbidden to say.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Suddenly there was a great uproar.  Someone had passed the word along that I was coming through. Faces appeared at the barred doors and they shouted wildly in greeting. 'Here comes Mae!' they yelled.  And 'How do you like the dress, Mae?' . . . The warden was forced to smile at the hubbub my appearance had caused."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An item in The Pittsburgh Press mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Rings Up Profits in Her Tour" • •
• • The Pittsburgh Press said:  Mae West got half of the $327,000 grossed by her personal appearance tour and will make another soon. ...
• • Source: "Other Bits of Filmland News" in The Pittsburgh Press; published on Sunday, 12 June 1938
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2812th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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• • Mae West magazine published in December 1934

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