Friday, June 20, 2014

Mae West: Sweetheart of Society

MAE WEST was on page 2 of The Independent on Thursday, 20 June 1935. Let's see what people were reading that day.
• • "Goin' to Town" • •
• • Mae West stars in this social comedy.
• • In her new starring Paramount film, "Goin' to Town," which comes on Sunday to the Tivoli Theatre, Mae West undergoes the transformation from cowgirl to the sweetheart of society in Southampton, without losing her poise or her wise-cracking ability.
• • Mae West's newest picture takes her on many adventures.  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. The pursuit of the Englishman, Paul Cavanagh, leads her to Buenos Aires where the exciting and humorous horse-racing sequences take place. Then they go back to the States and Southampton, the stronghold of society. Mae West marries a handsome young society man to attain position. But the efforts of fortune hunters and the jealousy of her rivals make things hot.  . . .
• • Source: Item on page 2 of The Independent (Hawarden, Iowa);  published on Thursday, 20 June 1935.
• • On Monday, 20 June 1932 • •
• • Eleanor Barnes, a columnist for the Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News wrote this: Mae West — — big and buxom — — no indeed, svelte and blonde, blew in on the Chief from New York, tired, not cranky, but peeved at the Great American desert for providing her with weather that was too torrid for even Mae to work in "Diamond Lil" has yet to see a movie studio first-hand. She has never even seen a talkie made — — even in Gotham. But this oversight will be a thing of the past today when Mae gets over to Paramount studios where she is to play the leading role in "Night After Night.  ..."
• • Her coverage was published on Monday, 20 June 1932 in the Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News.
• • On Friday, 20 June 2014 • • 
• • Happy National Kissing Day. • •
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's stage play "Diamond Lil" has been described as "flashy, tawdry, and vulgar."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A man's kiss is his signature!"
• • Mae West said: "Kiss me, you dog." [Movie dialogue for Maudie Triplett]
• • Mae West said: "I have found men who didn't know how to kiss. I've always found time to teach them."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British chronicler wrote about Mae West.
• • Mae West to Play "I'm a Saint" (By Air Mail From London) • •
• • British columnist Greville Bain wrote:  Mae West as a saint.  Whatever one may think of Miss Mae West, every one must admit that she is irrepressible, although a little while ago there was a prediction that she had almost run her course.  Even the matter of years was raised against her. There were rumours of marriage a quarter of a century ago, but Miss West denied the marriage and repudiated the husband.
• • Greville Bain explained:  There is no need to accept Miss West as a mere girl in order to be convinced of the abounding life in her.  Her peculiar crawling walk is as much suggestive of vitality as is the stride of Katharine Hepburn. Her personality may be too marked to be various, but she will not stereotype her roles, and the latest news is that she will appear as a religious leader.  The title chosen for the projected picture is "Hallelujah, I'm a Saint."
• • Greville Bain added:  This shows that Miss West is capable of attempting anything. One cannot imagine her as the inspirer of a new hot-gospelling movement even in California. Miss West's cynicism is a thing which she wears as obviously as she wears her diamonds. "I'm a Saint" seems to be a strange corrective to "I'm No Angel."
• • Source: Greville Bain's Cinema Chronicle (from London) published in The Queenslander on page 20 on Thursday, 20 June 1935
• • By the Numbers • • 
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