Monday, July 28, 2014

Mae West: Sex-to-1

On July 28th, MAE WEST was in the headlines and fogging up the eyeglasses of newspaper readers everywhere.
• • "Mae West Is a Column for Men" • •
• • "Stag Lines out of the Sahara" • •
• • Las Vegas, Nevada, July 28. Mae West opened a two-week stand at the Sahara Hotel last night, selling the same kind of sexy entertainment that launched her career 30 years ago. Although it would seem they were made for one another, this was the first time Miss West and Las Vegas have met professionally.
• • She appeared with half a dozen muscle men, including Richard DuBois, Mr. America of 1954, and a large crowd seemed to like what it got. This consisted of double entendre dialogue and some songs, notably "Frankie and Johnnie," which Diamond Lil sang with Dick DuBois. The 60-year-old Miss West wore a black sequined gown which fully covered the bosom but left bare a not-too-trim midriff.
• • Other guests at the Sahara said the actress  . . .
• • Source:  The Plain Speaker (Hazelton, PA); published on Wednesday, 28 July 1954.
• • On Friday, 28 July 1922 • •
• • For the out-of-town try-outs of her new show "The Ginger Box Revue" in Connecticut on July 28 and July 29th, 1922, Mae West had polished her parody of O'Neill's tragic hero.
• • Backed by a dozen chorines (the Stoker Girls) and a black orchestra, Mae sang, “Eugene O’Neill, You’ve Put a Curse on Broadway” and bellowed “Yank-style” lines including, “She don me doit! Lemme up! I’ll show her who’s an ape.”
• • On Tuesday, 28 July 1931 in NYC • •
• • An agreement between Mae West and Howard Merling (signed by both of them) acknowledged his help with background research for her novel and stage play "Babe Gordon." Additionally, there was a receipt, written by Howard Merling, noting he received the sum of $500 dollars from Mae West on Tuesday, 28 July 1931.
• • On Tuesday, 27 July 1954 in Vegas • •
• • On Tuesday, 27 July 1954 Mae West opened at the Congo Room. This exotic night spot, inside the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, offered patrons a full supper with a live performance of "The Mae West Revue" onstage.
• • On Wednesday, 28 July 1954 in Variety • •
• • "Odds Are Sex-to-1" • •
• • Variety was awestruck by "this magnificent herd of males" and such a refreshing new concept. The article "Odds Are Sex-to-1 Mae West Makes Her Point in Las Vegas" was printed on page 3 in Variety on Wednesday, 28 July 1954.
• • 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 • •
• • During this time, Hal Roach also employed director Leo McCarey, whose contribution to Hollywood includes guiding Laurel and Hardy, and directing screen legends like Gloria Swanson, Mae West, and W.C. Fields, to name only a few.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I did not change my way of life. I harmed no one. I had a philosophy, an idea of how to live fully and in my way.  I believed in it as fully and as strongly as I believed in being an American."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Flower Bomb Songs mentioned Mae West.
• • Colin wrote: Somebody's Chyldren, led by David Clark Allen, had two songs, 'I'm Up' and 'Marionettes' on the 'Hellcats' soundtrack released on Tower Records in 1967. They were also Mae West's backing band on her 'Way Out West' LP.  . . .
• • Source:  Flower Bomb Songs; posted on  Wednesday, 28 July 2010
• • 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 2966th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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