Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mae West: A Dead-Skirts View

It's very curious how many fringe groups discuss MAE WEST in new and interesting ways.
• • Knobarius wrote: in this 1933 saga of Gay 1890s life, "Russian Rita" tries to stab "Lady Lou" (Mae West) but ends up falling on her own slim-bladed knife after Mae takes it from her in the struggle. She expires and ends up dead in a chair, head thrown back, eyes closed, and displaying an impressive amount of cleavage. Mae briefly tries to revive her.
• • Knobarius continued: I think in the play on which this was based, she actually tosses a curse or two at her dead body!
• • Knobarius added: Anyway, after Rita makes a sexily sleepy corpse, Lady Lou has to prevent a couple of visitors from discovering the killing, so she tilts the dead woman's head forward onto her ample bosom and begins combing her hair forward as if to cover her dead face. Problem solved, except for the dead woman's body. But Lou signals a devoted employee to go to her room and take care of something for her. Unfortunately we don't see the big lug carrying away poor Rita, and I don't think anybody mentions finding the body later, or where he put her.  ...
• • Source: Item on Mae West from — — Fantasy Female Deaths Forum.
• • Yes, in the play "Diamond Lil," Lil does deliver a very interesting final statement to the deceased Rita. If you saw our "Diamond Lil" onstage at 343 West 46th Street (August — November 2013), then you know what the line is.  The Paramount Pictures film omits the emotional line because they have flattened all of the characters lest they appear too villainous, scandalous, sexy, vulnerable, human, and interesting..
• • In the play, it is Chuck Connors who disposes of the corpse by throwing it in the East River. In the film version, the duty falls to Spider Kane.
• • On Tuesday, 29 May 1917 • •
• • "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It" was Mae West's letter to the world. Released in hardcover more than fifty years ago by the Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey imprint Prentice Hall, this meaty memoir was reprinted as a paperback by Avon Books [December 1959].
• • Hollywood publicist Frank Liberman helped promote the bio in 1959.  Mr. Liberman, who had Parkinson's disease, died of pneumonia in September 2009 at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He was 92.
• • A native New Yorker like Mae, he was born in The Big Apple on Tuesday, 29 May 1917 and was raised in White Plains.
• • On Tuesday, 29 May 1934 in New Zealand • •
• • A flattering article on Mae West's emergence as a new screen star was published in New Zealand in the Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser (on page 2) on 29 May 1934. Very nice to discover it.
• • On Wednesday, 29 May 1935 in Variety • •
• • Frank Wallace timed his wedding revelations to coincide with the release of his former spouse's latest motion picture. Bad publicity had already paved this road, thanks to Joseph Breen's tantrums over the screenplay for "Goin' to Town" — — and Mae West watchers probably cared less about Wallace's wailing than the Hollywood hatchet man's cuts. Could Breen have ruined the movie?  Thanks to Mae's large and loyal fan base, "Goin' to Town" did big box office, reported Variety on Wednesday, 29 May 1935.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Where did the report start that you are twenty-three years of age?"
• • Mae West told the reporter: "That's a job for a private detective."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "You’re never too old to become younger." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Maryland newspaper discussed Mae West.
• • The Cumberland Evening Times wrote:  At Cumberland Theatres is the new Mae West film "Goin' to Town." Not one, but seven leading men support Mae West in her new Paramount film, "Goin' to Town," showing for the last times today and tomorrow at the Strand.
• • The players, Paul Cavanagh, Ivan Libedeff, Tito Coral, Fred Kohler, Monroe Owsley, Grant Withers, and Gilbert Emery, all piay important parts, essential to the story.
• • "Goin' to Town" is the picture in which Mae West goes modern.
• • Source: Item in Cumberland Evening Times; published on Wednesday, 29 May 1935
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2924th 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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