Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mae West: A Nice Organ

Readers of the Malayan Saturday Post were reading about MAE WEST on 14 January 1933.
• • "Facts for Fans: Mae West Signs Contract" • •
• • Mae West, whose first screen appearance in "Night After Night" created a sensation at the recent preview of that production, has signed a long-term contract with Paramount. Between pictures, Miss West plans to continue her writing, and may turn her attention to originals for the screen. No decision has been made as to the picture in which she will make her next screen appearance.
• • Source: Malayan Saturday Post (page 16), Singapore; published on Saturday, 14 January 1933. 
• • Inauthentic • •
• • Not Brooklyn, New York's very own Mae West?  Now and then an ersatz Mae will come our way and make us wonder.
• • Ersatz Mae on Friday, 14 January 1921 • •
• • "presented with a nice organ last week" • •
• • Kentucky's Somerset Journal stated, on 14 January 1921, that Miss Joie and Mae West were presented with a nice organ last week and gave a singing Wednesday night.
• • Source: The Somerset Journal, The Oldest Democratic Newspaper in the Mountains of Kentucky.
• • Ersatz Mae on Tuesday, 14 January 1969 • •
• • Daily Kent Stater announced in "Campus Notes" this cryptic first item: "Mae West" now attends Kent State.
• • Source: Daily Kent Stater, Volume LIV, Number 46, 14 January 1969.
• • On Tuesday, 14 January 1930 • •
• • As the Los Angeles engagement of "Diamond Lil" was winding down, a nerve-wracking telegram arrived. The condition of Matilda West was worsening; the cancer had spread to her liver. Mae West hired a private train. On 14 January 1930 — — after their last performance in California — — Mae and the cast left for Brooklyn, New York.
• • The death of 59-year-old Matilda West in January 1930 "was a staggering blow," admitted Mae, who was inconsolable and devastated by the loss of her beloved mother.
• • On Friday, 14 January 1938 • •
• • In the month of January, "Every Day's a Holiday" debuted in the USA on a weekend — — Friday, 14 January 1938.
• • It was the first Mae West film that failed to make money, unfortunately, and Paramount Pictures cut ties with her..
• • On Wednesday, 14 January 1959 • •
• • When he was hired in to help Mae West get her memoir together, ghostwriter Stephen Longstreet may have discussed autobiography's conventions — — the expected triumphs won after disappointments, the lessons learned from hard knocks, and the struggles along the way. Their collaboration during 1957 — 1958 produced a manuscript published in hardcover by Prentice-Hall on Wednesday, 14 January 1959. Using a well-worn comeback borrowed from the speakeasy hostess Texas Guinan, Mae titled her life story "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The most interesting fact in connection with this Paramount opus is, of course, the Mae West angle. From a person unknown to picturedom, Mae became in one jump the biggest potential money-maker of the screen, just as Marie Dressler's pictures a year or so ago made records for earnings that even surpassed those of the glamorous Garbo.
• • And don't imagine that Mae isn't cashing in on her unexpected success. From an unimportant pay check, Miss West goes on the pay- roll for something like $100,000 per picture from now on, and there are producers who would boost that stipend to double the amount ...
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Women can make men do anything they wish them to do, if they're clever — — and they needn't be gold-diggers, either."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle mentioned Mae West.
• • New York in its most glittering and romantic mood, the mood of the Gay Nineties and the Naughty Hundreds, the period that saw "Diamond Jim" Brady, "Jubilee Jim" Fiske and other bon vivants at their gayest, is the playground of curvaceous Mae West in her new film comedy, "Every Day's a Holiday," now at the Palace theatre. Set at the turn of the century, Miss West's latest adventure is the story of a girl with a penchant for selling the Brooklyn Bridge to unsuspecting strangers, an idiosyncrasy which gets her into difficulties with the police, particularly Edmund Lowe, a detective. Lowe is assigned to the task of "bringing in" the elusive Miss West, a job which is not an easy one for him since he happens to be in love with her.   ...
• • Source: The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle (page 7); published on Friday, 14 January 1938
• • By the Numbers • • 
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