Monday, March 24, 2014

Mae West: Japanese Pin-Up

MAE WEST was a World War II pin-up favorite for American servicemen and also for the Japanese soldiers, explained this article dated Saturday, 24 March 1945.
• • "Mae West and Betty Grable — — Choice for Jap Pin-ups" • •
• • The United Press wrote:  Movie actresses Betty Grable and Mae West rank high on the enemy's preferred list of western beauty. 
• • On Peleliu, it was curvacious Miss Grable who adorned most Japanese barracks. A photograph of the French screen beauty, Danielle Darrieux was found hanging over the bar in the Japanese officers' club. It was inscribed: "To part in World War II.  It is the caterpillar track war machine — — the tank. My Friends in Japan."
• • On another Pacific island, a reporter spotted a prominent photograph of sultry Mae West, wrapped up in a fur and lying on a silky throw and signed "come up and see me if you are ever in beautiful California." ...
• •  Source:  Article rpt in The Neosho Daily News (Neosho, Missouri): published on Saturday, 24 March 1945.
• • On Saturday, 24 March 1934 in California • •
• • The recording of "My Old Flame" performed by Mae West, backed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, took place on Saturday, 24 March 1934.
• • Initially, it was released on an audio single. "My Old Flame" was first heard in the motion picture "Belle of the Nineties" [Paramount Pictures, 1934].
• • On Saturday, 24 March 1951 in NYC • •
• • Billboard Magazine ran this item: NEW YORK, March 24 — Monte Proser is negotiating with Mae West to star in a tab version of "Diamond Lil" for his Cafe Theater. If the deal jells, "Lil" will come in to replace the current "Billion Dollar Baby," which is on a week-to-week notice.
• • On Tuesday, 24 March 1970 in Look Magazine • •
• • "Raquel Welch, Mae West Talk about Men, Morals and Myra Breckinridge," on page 45 in Look Magazine's weekly issue dated for Tuesday, 24 March 1970.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • William LeBaron, Paramount producer, says that Mae West, whose four productions he has handled, will alternate between modern screenplays and those requiring costumes in the future, but will not attempt in any way to alter the type of her portrayals.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Stay young, ladies — — even if you have to change your birth dates in the family Bible. Have your face lifted if necessary."
• • Mae West said:  "I was always fascinated by prisons and mental institutions. ... I wasn't going to be deprived of that experience."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New York Clipper mentioned Mae West. 
• • The New York Clipper wrote: Mae West has been engaged as a comedienne and she is to appear in the new Ned Wayburn review which is to be part of the new show at the Capitol Theatre when that house opens.
• •  Source:  The New York Clipper; published on Wednesday, 24 September 1919
• • By the Numbers • • 
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