Monday, June 23, 2014

Mae West: A 42-Page Bio

A new slim paperback about MAE WEST was published.
• • No, we have not read this 42-page fan book, so this is merely "a courtesy mention" — — and not a recommendation. Any publisher who describes a new title with cliches [i.e., up to speed, how much of the forest is lost for the trees, etc.] will never get our vote. Our suspicion is that it's a cut-and-paste job with no new research.  But if you bought this slender pocket-book, please let us know your opinion of it.
• • "American Legends: The Life of Mae West" was published by Charles River Editors. Publication date was on Thursday, 21 November 2013.
• • The British publisher gave this statement about their series: A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.
• • On Friday, 23 June 1922 in Variety • •
• • Mae West and Harry Richman performed together in Manhattan during June 1922, billing their act "Bits of Musical Comedy — — Mae West assisted by Harry Richman," and most of the material was written by The Firefly of Broadway herself.
• • In their edition dated for Friday, 23 June 1922, Variety's review appeared, praising the partnership because it offered ideal opposites. Variety's man on the aisle reported: "Mae West, once known to vaudeville fans as a girl who shook a wicked shoulder, will prove a revelation to her former acquaintances in her new act."
• • Variety, though often reluctant to pay Mae a compliment, decided to be enthusiastic for once: "She rises to heights undreamed of for her and reveals unsuspected depths as a delineator of character songs, a dramatic reader of ability, and a girl with a flair for farce that will some day land her on the legitimate Olympus."
• • On Tuesday, 23 June 1970 • •
• • "Myra Breckinridge" had its red-carpet, star-studded premiere in New York at the Criterion Theatre (1514 Broadway) on Tuesday, 23 June 1970. The movie went into general release in the USA one day later.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • New York State refuses to allow Mae West's picture "It Ain't No Sin" to be shown.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If a picture of mine didn't get an X rating, I'd be insulted." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A film review in Australia discussed Mae West.
• • "Entertainments at Cremorne Theatre" • •          
• • In her new Paramount film, "Now I'm a Lady," which is screening for to-night at the Cremorne Theatre, Mae West undergoes the strange and eventful transition, from a cattle ranch girl to a sweetheart of society, without losing her poise or her wise-cracking ability.
Mae West's adventures in her new film, which presents her in modern clothes and up-to-date settings, start back in the cattle country when she inherits the money of a cattle baron and decides to go after a handsome young Englishman on whom she had an eye for some time.   ...
• • Source: Article: "At Cremorne Theatre" for Kalgoorlie Miner; published on Wednesday, 17 June 1936
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2941st 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. Thank you for the information concerning the new Mae West 42 page bio. At that length, I guess one can only surmise that it most likely will not be much of a full figured biography. LOL! I have ordered a copy at a bargain price and will forward you an honest evaluation shortly after my copy has arrived from Britain. Cheerio!