Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mae West: Bare Chest Act

The beefcake act dreamed up by MAE WEST proved to be outrageously successful and reporters from all over the USA hurried to Las Vegas to watch "The Mae West Revue." The concept and staging were quite ingenious. We've been posting the various reactions by American reporters in July 1954 and here's another.
• • "Mae West Introducing Beef Cake to Night Club" • • 
• • LAS VEGAS (EE) — Mae West, at 62 still blonde and curvaceous, made her night club debut last night by introducing "beef cake" to saloon shows. The queen of comedy sex was greeted with whistles and cheers at the Hotel Sahara as she made her comeback to big time show business with her usual shoulder and hip wiggles and risque songs. But her retinue of eight muscular men, including Dick DuBois, Mr. America of 1954, brought down the house in what Miss West called "the first bare chest act for lady customers in history.
• • "I know what to give the women," she murmured after the show. "A woman likes to look at any male body." 
• • "Loves Them All" • •
• • "Muscles, big or small men — — men, men, I love them all," Mae chanted in that slurring voice that helped make her a star of stage and screen.  ...
• • Source: The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California); published on Thursday, 29 July 1954.
• • On Thursday, 29 July 1937 • •
• • Frank Wallace and the on-going lawsuit he initiated, to get the court to recognize his marriage in 1911 to Mae West, made enough waves in the news media. However, an item in the Los Angeles Citizen-News on Thursday, 29 July 1937 reported that Paramount Pictures "announced 98% of her fan mail had been favorable" despite the drawn-out divorce debacle.
• • Save the Date: Wednesday, August 13th • •
• • Wednesday, 13 August 2014 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the event will start at 6:30 pm at 425 Sixth Avenue. The theme will be: "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill."   
• • Details: August 13th event
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Claiming to be the oldest bar in Hot Springs, Arkansas (since 1905), The Ohio Club boasted that they fed drinks to the likes of Mae West, Al Jolson, and Al Capone. It was a Hollywood stars hang-out as well as a favored dining spot of gangsters.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Sex is good for you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in a  newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West, young man! A five-film salute to the comedy legend kicks off with the 1933's "I'm No Angel" co-starring Cary Grant. 5 p.m. Turner Classic Movies.  ...
• • Source: Article: "TV This Week June 29 — July 5" in the Los Angeles Times; published on Friday, 27 June 2014 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2967th 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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• • Mae West August 13th event

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