Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mae West: The Girlie Show

A newly published British book on the art of comedy has a chapter that analyzes the art of MAE WEST.
• • "The Comic Offense from Vaudeville to Contemporary Comedy" • • 
• • Chapter 3 is “'The Girlie Show' as the New Burlesque — — Mae West to Tina Fey."
• • One reviewer said this:  “Through imaginative pairings, including Groucho Marx and Larry David, Mae West and Tina Fey, and Will Rogers and Stephen Colbert, "The Comic Offense" demonstrates how today's cutting edge comedy builds upon the legacy of Vaudeville, demonstrating yet again that everything old is new again.  Along the way, readers will develop a deeper understanding of how comedy has spoken to us across time about issues of gender, racial, and ethnic identity." . . .
• • The imprint is Bloomsbury Academic; published on Thursday, 31 July 2014.
• • On Tuesday, 25 September 1934 in Variety • •
• • A lengthy review of "Belle of the Nineties" appeared in Variety on this date.
• • Abel wrote: "Belle of the Nineties" is a little of everything. Even "St. Louis Blues" and "Memphis Blues" are in it — — she did "Frankie and Johnny" in "Diamond Lil."
• • On Wednesday, 25 September 1940 in Variety • •
• • Andrew R. Kelley reviewed "My Little Chickadee" for Variety. His heavy-handed piece began on page 3 (continued on page 20) in the issue dated for Wednesday, 25 September 1940.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • After Mae West, Mary Pickford, and Pola Negri all declined the role, Gloria Swanson decided that she will star in "Sunset Boulevard" as Norma.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don't try to make me respectable.  My public expects me to be bad."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An obituary mentioned Mae West.
• • Ronald Bergan wrote: In 1955, a 64-year-old Mae West saw Hargitay on the cover of Strength and Health magazine. She asked him to join her chorus of musclemen, clad in leopardskin G-strings, in her Las Vegas nightclub act, the Mae West Revue. According to West, when she first met him, Hargitay had said: "Miss West, you are the end of my search for an ideal, my dream come true." ...
• • Source: Obituary: Mickey Hargitay in The Guardian [U.K.]; published on Monday, 25 September 2006   
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,223 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3012th 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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