Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mae West: Becomes Class

MAE WEST dominated the headlines in Singapore in mid-June.
• • "Mae West Returns to London in 'Goin' to Town'" • •
• • From Our Own Correspondent, London, June 8. (By Air Mail) • •
• • She Becomes "Class" • •
• • The British correspondent wrote: We have been Mae West fans since we saw her acting on her own stage in her own plays in New York, some six or seven years ago, and we now venture to state that she has never been so amusing.
• • . . . this is the story of Cleo Borden, blonde saloon beauty and dancing girl in the West when it was west and wild, who is left a fortune by a cattle and oil king.  At one she says to herself, "Cleo, you're going to become class!" And does she?  . . .
• • Source: Article: The Straits Times (Singapore): published on Wednesday, 19 June 1935.
• • On Monday, 19 June 1933 • •
• • A line eliminated from the script of "I'm No Angel" (dated for Monday, 19 June 1933) is a statement by Tira, during her sideshow performance: "That's all, boys. Now you can go home and beat your wives." Sheesh.  Did someone ever think that was funny?
• • On Tuesday, 19 June 1934 • •
• • The Sydney Morning Herald (on page 2) featured ads for "I'm No Angel" at the Artarmon, "a suburban picture theatre," in their issue dated for Tuesday, 19 June 1934.
• • On Friday, 19 June 1942 in The Baltimore Sun • •
• • The Baltimore Sun wrote: His face cut and bloodied, Baltimore's Harry Jeffra loses a 10-round TKO to world featherweight champion Chalky Wright before an announced 6,000 fans at Oriole Park. A two-time world champ himself, Jeffra attempted a comeback against Chalky Wright, who moonlights as a private chauffeur for actress Mae West. Printed on Friday, 19 June 1942.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's age Is not known to newspaper men, although she claims to be 32.
• • Mae West made her stage debut at the age of five years, and after some time in gaiety appeared on Broadway in "Folies Bergere."  She wrote and starred in her own plays "Sex" and "Wicked Age." Her first appearance in films was with George Raft In "Night After Night."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It takes more than platinum blonde hair and shapely hips to be like Mae West."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about sex appeal mentioned Mae West.
• • Came also a buxom gift from vaudeville in Mae West, whose special talent some people regarded as calculated to "debunk" sex.  But the women's clubs of America thought otherwise. The famous "Cleavage campaign" swept a high moral tone into the films when a cartoon cow was considered insufficiently clothed in a cow-bell or even a broad strap. ...
• • Source: Article: "Sex Appeal" written for The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton,  Queensland);  published on Saturday, 24 June 1944
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2939th 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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