Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mae West: Self-Inflating

On June 24th the name MAE WEST was used in a most unusual way. Can you picture this?
• • Illinois-based columnist Al Schrader wrote:  It seems to us some enterprising mechanical engineer could design a fully automatic self-inflating miniature Mae West for golf balls.   ...
• • Source: Article in the Daily Illini; published on Saturday, 24 June 1950.
• • On Sunday, 24 June 1928 • •
• • The Brooklyn Eagle, Mae's hometown paper, sent reporter George Halasz to interview the star about her new Broadway play "Diamond Lil." In the newspaper's weekend edition dated for Sunday, 24 June 1928, George Halasz wrote:  "When the play is put in rehearsal she has but a bare outline of the plot and dialogue.  As the rehearsals progress, she throws in a line here, a speech there. ..."
• • This is, of course, nonsense.  Mae's plays had a large cast and she was present at the auditions. For instance, "Diamond Lil" had almost three dozen in the cast. Mae knew how many actors she would need, and what roles they would play, well before hiring an adequate rehearsal space. A lot of dramatists refine and revise during rehearsal, sometimes to suit an actor, but a theatre professional like Mae West did not walk into a rehearsal with scraps of dialogue written on napkins.  No way.
• • On Thursday, 24 June 1937 • •
• • The Times (San Mateo, California) printed this syndicate article on Thursday, 24 June 1937. 
• • "Mae West Must Answer Suit" • •
• • LOS ANGELES, June 24 —(UP) — Mae West, the film siren, must answer the suit of Frank Wallace, who contends he is her husband.  . . .
• • On Wednesday, 24 June 1970 • •
• • "Myra Breckinridge"  at the Criterion Theatre (1514 Broadway) on Tuesday, 23 June 1970. The general release was on June 24th.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Jennifer Jones is stealing Mae West's switchy walk.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'd like to be on television. It would give me a chance to come up and see you some time."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A New Mexico newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Top-Rated Actors Star in Campus Film Offerings" • •
• • Mae West, W. C. Fields, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Bing Crosby, the Marx Brothers and Edgar Bergen are among the stars who will be appearing in eight feature-length films in the summer series of the New Mexico State University Campus Film Society. The "summer of comedy" will also include the final six chapters of Captain Cody and "Radar Men of the Moon."   . . .
• • Source: Article in Las Cruces Sun-News; published on Sunday, 22 June 1969
• • By the Numbers • • 
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