Thursday, May 01, 2014

Mae West: My Man Friday

Raise your hand if you have heard this sung by MAE WEST!
• • On the album "Hollywood Actors Sing," Mae sang "My Man Friday."
• • Original Release Date: on Sunday, 1 May 2011
• • Label: Master Classics Records — — and you can listen to this 3-minute jazz number on Amazon's web site. No composer's name is attached to this tune, which is included on other Mae West song compilations, too.
• • On Saturday, 1 May 1926 • •
• • Mae West was revealed as the author of "Sex" (disguising this fact under her nom de plume Jane Mast) in an article published by The New York Times on Saturday, 1 May 1926, who remarked that "Sex" at Daly's Theatre was "a crude inept play, cheaply put on."
• • On Friday, 1 May 1936 • •
• • On Friday, 1 May 1936, Columbia Daily Spectator wrote: Other films have crooks who become honest under the influence of the frozen north, the greatest man builder besides Mae West in "Klondike Annie."  ...
• • On Friday, 1 May 1936 in Hollywood • •
• • It was on Friday, 1 May 1936, that Claude Shull, San Francisco Motion Picture Council, wrote to Paramount Pictures and sent  a copy of his dissatisfaction to Mae West.
• • Shull explained his viewpoint: "Any picture that presents its heroine as a mistress to an Oriental, then as a murderess, then as a cheap imitator of a missionary — — jazzing up religion — — is not in harmony with the other educational forces of our social set-up. And these elements are particularly objectionable when they are interspersed with smutty wise-cracks." Uh-oh.
• • On Tuesday, 1 May 1956 • •
• • "Mae West Says Every Man Has Sex Appeal," trumpeted the headlines around the country in Tuesday newspapers on 1 May 1956.
• • At the time, the Brooklyn bombshell was touring New York City's night clubs and hitting other venues with her muscleman act, and the press obliged by pumping out interviews.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Baltimore Briefs" • • 
• • "Goin' to Town," with Mae West, is held over at Keith's.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "This is Timothy Dalton, my new discovery. He is an actor as good as Sir Larry Olivier, and maybe even better. When he plays with me in 'Sextette,' he will become one of the most known actors in the world."  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about "Diamond Lil" usage mentioned Mae West.
• • "Rule Mae West Not the Only Diamond Lil" • •
• • SAN FRANCISCO  — Mae West does not have exclusive right to the name Diamond Lil, says the California District Court of Appeal.  The court held Tuesday that it  was not unfair competition when Marie Lind was billed as the one and only Diamond Lil at a San Francisco night spot last year.
• • Miss West had sued for $50,000 damages and asked an injunction to break up the act.
Presiding Justice Herbert C. Kaufman wrote in the court decision that never has Miss West been publicized solely as Diamond Lil and that she has also been known as the Baby Vamp Siren of the Screen, The Screen's Bad Girl, and the Original Brinkley Girl.
• • The judge said also there was no evidence that Miss Lind imitated Miss West.  That settles it, unless Mae wants to come up and see the state Supreme Court sometime. 
• • Source:  Item on page 4 of The Capital Times; published on Wednesday, 23 November I960
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2904th 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. When was that song "My Man Friday" actually recorded? Was it in a film?