Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mae West: Monday for Negroes

In September 1934, the latest MAE WEST motion picture was doing such outstanding business in Abilene, Texas that a special showing had to be scheduled so that people of color could enjoy it.
• • "The World's Best Known Blonde" • •
• • "3rd Starring Vehicle of Glamorous Mae West Previewed at Midnight" • •
• • Mae West essays the role of the country's most sensational burlesque queen of the gay 90s, surrounded by three "tall, dark and handsomes" — — Roger Pryor, John Mack Brown, and John Miljan — — together with Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Katherine DeMille, Warren Hymer, and Stuart Holmes.
• • As "American Beauty," the burlesque queen becomes involved with an ambitious young prize fighter (Roger Pryor) in St. Louis, but through some plotting by the prize fighter's manager, the romance is broken up.  Mae accepts an opportunity to leave St. Louis to become queen of a popular gambling palace in New Orleans. How Mae and her fighter sweetheart are reunited forms the basis for the climax.
• • Leo McCarey directed the picture from an original story and screenplay written by the star herself.  In the course of the story, Miss West sings several songs written for her by lyricist Sam Coslow and composer Arthur Johnston.
• • "Monday for negroes" • •
• • A midnight show has been scheduled Monday for negroes.
• • Source: Article in Abilene Reporter (Abilene, Texas); published on Sunday, September 23, 1934.  
• • On Sunday, 23 September 1934 in The L.A. Times • •
• • An article argued for censorship of the type of motion picture made by Mae West and other bombshells. "Films Should Be Fit for Children to See" was printed in The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, 23 September 1934.
• • On Monday, 23 September 1940 • •
• • "My Little Chickadee" starring Mae West and W.C. Fields was playing at the Grand Theatre, as part of a double feature, in New Zealand on Monday, 23 September 1940.  "Final screening tonight!" announced the advertisement on that date on the front page of the Bay of Plenty Beacon, Volume 3, Issue 216.  "Honestly, this is a great programme!" was lettered all in caps under the cast and credits.  "Both recommended — Censor for Adults."
• • On Tuesday, 23 September 1947 • •
• • The headline was: "I've Come to Find out, Says Mae."
• • The Singapore Free Press wrote: Mae West invited goggle-eyed British reporters to "come up and see me sometime" when she ran the first gauntlet of them on her arrival at Southampton at two o'clock on Wednesday morning. 
• • Just to keep everything above board, Mae asked them all to a press reception at the Savoy Hotel, explained The Singapore Free Press (on page 3) in their issue dated for Tuesday, 23 September 1947.
• • On Tuesday, 23 September 1969 • •
• • Production on the motion picture "Myra Breckinridge" began in September — — on Tuesday, 23 September 1969 — — and Mae West (cast as Leticia Van Allen) received top billing.   Production concluded on 26 February 1970.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • There is actually a Mae West, listed in the Los Angeles telephone directory, who is a corsetiere. The Mae West who sells corsets complains that her phone rings at all hours of the night. Drunks think it is fun to call up and ask if they can c'mon up some time.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Although your conscience depends on what is found out, there is no husband on my conscience."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Texas newspapers mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae "Come Up and See Me Sometime" West stars in "Belle of the Nineties" which is playing indefinitely at the Paramount theatre. ...
• • Source: Article in Abilene Reporter (Abilene, Texas); published on Sunday, September 23, 1934   
• • 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 3010th 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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