What was up with MAE WEST in August of 1939? Was she really going to portray Empress Catherine the Great on the stage? Or was she about to sign a movie contract? Her fans waited to hear.
• • "News of Mae West" from a Special Correspondent • •
• • LONDON, August 4 — — There must be many picture-goers who have been thinking that Mae West has disappeared forever from the screen. A little while ago there was a rumor which must have astonished not a few that Mae West was contemplating a new picture on the subject of Catherine the Great of Russia, and so entering into competition with Pola Negri, Marlene Dietrich, and Elisabeth Bergner.
• • It is rather difficult to see what Miss West or her advisers could detect in the famous Russian Empress which made her suitable for a Western impersonation. It is true that she was no angel and had a habit of inviting her male favorite for the time being "to come up and see her sometime." Any how, whatever the attraction or illusion may have been, Miss West seems to have abandoned the project. The latest news about her is that Universal are proposing to co-star her with W. C. Fields. One can see possibilities in this. Both Miss West and Mr. Fields are experts in the true, full blooded humor of the vaudeville turn. But the rumor is only a rumor, and we may have to wait a long while for developments. Probably many projects will be given publicity before Miss West is satisfied with the selection or is seen again on the screen by her admirers.
• • Source: Article: "News of Mae West" rpt in The Advertiser (Adelaide); published on Saturday, 19 August 1939.
• • On Sunday, 19 August 1934 • •
• • Motion Picture Daily published this picture preview on Sunday, 19 August 1934.
• • Hollywood, 19 August 1934 — With shock-proof punches but with haymakers nevertheless, Mae West uncorks a flashy, melodramatic entertainment of the Nineties, trippingly gay and gaudy for the most part but lingering in spots.
• • As with all the Mae West films, her showmanship personality dominates the scene. Her story assembles herself as the American Beauty, a headline actress; Prizefighter Roger Pryor, Villainous Promoter John Miljan and his girl friend, Katherine de Mille, sets them in pleasure-loving New Orleans and lets music, gambling, stolen jewels and prizefight knockout drops work its dire drama, making it clear at the same time that no man outsmarts Mae and gets away with it. ...
• • Source: Article: "Hollywood Preview: "Belle of the Nineties'' by Paramount written by Motion Picture Daily; printed on Sunday, 19 August 1934.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The actress Mae West was married once, in her early career. It was kept secret for several years and ended in divorce.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The picture makers have run out of titles; that's why you get all those long titles nowadays. They've also run out of plots; everything has been done on the screen already."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in paper discussed Mae West.
• • "Mae West Becomes a Convert!" • •
• • Mae West is all for moral re armament and is ready to join the Oxford Group. It would be a good thine for W. C. Fields, she told Dr. Frank Buchman, leader of the Moral Rearmament Movement, today.
• • Miss West and Dr. Buchman had quite a tete-a-tete in her apartment. "It's a wonderful work," she said of the movement. ...
• • Source: Article rpt in The Mail (Adelaide); published on Saturday, 19 August 1939
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