Thursday, May 08, 2014

Mae West: A Good Bad Girl

MAE WEST explained to a reporter her definition of a "good bad girl."
• • "A Little Warm for Wax" • •
• • "Seen behind the Screens, Glamour Personified!" • •
• • Mae West, Hollywood's No. 1  Ooomph Girl, plays another of her sensational roles in Universal's "My Little Chickadee," soon to be released.
• •  She knows a good way to be bad. Mae West appears to flout almost every convention of stage and screen, and the folks in the audience, most of them home-bodies, just laugh and ask for more. The curve-lined star states that there is a science to being naughty in such a way that audiences will approve. She offered an analysis of her technique during production of her new Universal comedy, "My Little Chickadee," in which W. C. Fields co-stars, and which is considered her funniest film to date.
• • "I am always a good bad girl, never out and out bad," explained Mae. "If you will watch what I say and do, you will notice that. In my films, I am plenty mean at times, but it is always to the people that the audience wants to be treated that way, so they give me a hand for it. That's my idea of showmanship and I've been studying the art for a long time. Take my part in this picture, and you will see what I mean."
• • Mae West added, "Look at the script from one end to the other and you'll find that, for instance, I never take a man from another woman. That is a golden rule for me and I never break it. That usually gets the girls on my side right away. Then also I never do anything bad to a good character. But when the movie shows the bad guys getting mowed down, the customers love it. In other words, I try to do what the fans would like to do in my place."  ....
• • Source: Article: "A Little Warm for Wax" rpt in Goulburn Evening Post [Australia]; published on Wednesday, 8 May 1940.
• • On Saturday, 8 May 1926 • •
• • Unflattering comments about Mae West's play "Sex" (the phrase "street sweepings" was in the description) were printed in The New Yorker, issue dated for Saturday, 8 May 1926.  Aww. Somebody was not swayed by all that free beer Mae was pouring backstage. Tch.
• • On Tuesday, 8 May 1934 • •
• • Tuesday, 8 May 1934 Mae West recorded the ending of "My Old Flame." This collaboration between New York City lyricist Sam Coslow and composer Arthur Johnson was created for the motion picture "Belle of the Nineties." Backed by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, Mae archived her performance in the recording studio. The Duke himself was on the piano.
• • On Saturday, 8 May 1937 • •
• • "Buxom Mae West Gives Trial Deposition" • •
• • An article by an Associated Press reporter that was published on Saturday, 8 May 1937 (in numerous newspapers) provided a Technicolor glimpse of the drama surrounding Mae West's "forgotten" 1911 trip to the altar.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Are set pictures, such as "Back Street," in which the lovely heroine is a kept woman who gains our sympathy, despite her unmoral existence, radically influencing our national morals? Impressionable young people see the delightfully wicked Mae West grandly rewarded for her naughtiness in "She Done Him Wrong." What will be their reaction?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I take it out in the open and laugh at it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Ed Sullivan's column mentioned Mae West and George Rector [1878 — 1947].
• • Ed Sullivan wrote:  Mae West's party for George Rector was a honey.
• • Source: "Hollywood" by Ed Sullivan; rpt in The Pittsburgh Press; published on Tuesday, 19 October 1937
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2909th 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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