Friday, February 28, 2014

Mae West: A Salary Increase

On Wednesday,  28 February 1934 MAE WEST was making headlines. In fact, people were starting to recognize the movie star by her first name only.
• • "Mae's Initial Success in Films Brought Rapid Increase in Income" • •
• • Hollywood — —Mae's unprecedented success was one of the most surprising cyclones that ever struck Hollywood and the picture business.
• • In her first film endeavor, "Night After Night," Mae achieved rousing success in a meager part. Then Mae made “She Done Him Wrong.“  . . .   But “She Done Him Wrong” had not played more than two or three days before the studio executives discovered the gold mine they had stumbled upon in Mae West. Record box-office receipts begin to be recorded.  It was not until then that the picture concern gave Mae West any special attention. When, however, this special attention did begin, it came in an avalanche.
• • "Special Press Agents" • •
• • Special press agents were placed In charge of her advertising and publicity matters. Mae’s first film. “Night After Night," was resurrected and re-released, with Mae given co-star billing with George Raft. The picture company began, also, to look into Mae’s contract to see whether or not she was getting enough salary to keep her satisfied. Well, Mae wasn’t getting enough to keep her satisfied, not by a long shot. She was in “big money," without doubt, getting approximately $2,010 a week, but weren’t other stars getting more? . . .
• • At the moment Mae and Jim Timony, her manager, are busy on the next picture, in which Mae will play the role of the owner of a drinking house in New Orleans when that city was known for its drinking houses.  ...
• • Source: Article in syndication rpt in Kingsport Times (Kingsport, Tenn); published on Wednesday,  28 February 1934.
• • On Tuesday, 28 February 1933 • •
• • An article on Mae's staying power — — "Paramount's Unusual 3d Week for Mae West" — — was printed in Variety on Tuesday, 28 February 1933.
• • On Friday, 28 February 2003 • •
• • In London, England Dr. James Pitt-Payne (in association with Doug Grierson) did a sequence and karaoke of "Good Night Nurse" by Mae West from 1912. Music by W. Raymond Walker; lyrics by Thomas J. Gray; copyright MCMXII by Jerome H. Remick and Co., N.Y. and Boston. You can download the midi of "Good Night Nurse" from his web site. The men completed this project on Friday, 28 February 2003 at 00.21.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Emanuel Cohen gave a party in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cooper. Cohen, you know, is head of Paramount. Everybody from the Paramount studio was there.
• • Frances Drake came with Randy Scott, Mae West with James Timony, Gail Patrick with Lanny Ross, George Raft with Virginia Pine, Toby Wing with Jack Oakie.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I have found men who didn't know how to kiss. I've always found time to teach them.“
• • Mae West said: “I'm much too busy to worry about the censor boards. ... If they don’t like me, well, that’s their business. In 'I'm No Angel' only one line was deleted by the censors, and that’s my business."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The San Bernardino Sun discussed Mae West.  Nothing new here so it will be brief.
• • "Mae West's 'Husband' to Seek Forced Recognition" (by Associated Press) was reprinted.
• •  Source: San Bernardino Sun (page 4), Volume 42; published on Friday, 28 February 1936 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2860th 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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1 comment:

  1. R. Mark Desjardins12:11 PM

    So happy to see your daily blog up and running again! You were greatly missed in action during the past week!