Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mae West: Writing Frisco Kate

During the tense period of the "Pleasure Man" trial, MAE WEST needed a respectable address to buttress her public image. After their mother died, the three siblings took a flat in Manhattan at 200 West 57th Street (opposite Carnegie Hall).
• • Nathan Burkan managed to keep his controversial client out of jail in 1930. However, the legal bills bankrupted the actress. [The play "Courting Mae West" dramatizes this trial and Mae's financial peril.]
• • To cope with the pain of losing her beloved mother and to give herself some new material to produce on Broadway (or peddle in Hollywood), Mae West took up her pen.  By the end of the year, she had finished "Frisco Kate." Years later, this unpublished drama would evolve into a screenplay for the film "Klondike Annie."
• • Mae West applied for a copyright on Monday, 15 December 1930.
• • On Friday, 17 December 1937 • •
• • On Friday, 17 December 1937 in The Hollywood Reporter industry people surely noticed an article about Mae West on page 1:  "Legion of Decency Drive Impends on Radio 'Sacrilege'." This piece continued on page 4.
• • On Friday, 17 December 1937 • •
• • An article appeared on the front cover of The Cornell Daily Sun on Friday, 17 December 1937 — — above the fold. The title was "Propriety of Mae West Broadcast Questioned."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Harold Hecht, dance director of the stage and screen, has been signed by Paramount to stage the dances for Mae West's starring picture, "Ruby Red."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I enjoyed the courtroom as any other stage." 
• • Mae West said: "I'm not just a star — — I'm a writer as well. And a thinker! I always keep busy."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Hollywood movies mentioned Mae West.
• • Ralph Wilk wrote: Mae West, upon finishing her starring role in Paramount's "She Done Him Wrong," leaves for personal appearances in New York's Brooklyn, in Chicago, and other eastern spots.
• • Source: "A Little from 'Lots'" written by Ralph Wilk for The Film Daily; published on Friday, 23 December 1932  
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2811th 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 copyright entry in 1930

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