Monday, October 06, 2014

Mae West: Arthur Swanstrom

MAE WEST worked with Arthur Swanstrom, who wrote the lyrics for the song "Come Up and See Me Sometime."
• • Arthur Swanstrom [4 August 1888  — 4 October 1940] • •
• • Born in Brooklyn, NY, baby Arthur cam into the world on Saturday, 4 August 1888. Arthur Swanstrom attended Columbia University, graduating in 1911. His college major was the field of entertainment, i.e., a study of the inner workings of producers, directors, writers.
• • He became a composer, lyricist, and librettist, eventually turning out 92 works.
• • In 1917, he was part of the creative team who wrote the music for "The Greenwich Village Follies."
• • From 1919 — 1937, Swanstrom was active on Broadway in several well-received  productions. In 1919, he was again part of the creative team behind the musical revue "The  Greenwich Village Follies," which would be his first credit in the legit.
• • Arthur Swanstrom collaborated with composer Louis Alter; their theme song "Come Up and See Me Sometime" written for Mae West was copyrighted in 1933 with Harris, Inc. in New York City.
• • Arthur Swanstrom died in Scarsdale, New York on Friday, 4 October 1940. He was 52.
• • On Sunday, 6 October 1918 • •
• • On Sunday, 6 October 1918 the New York Herald Tribune wrote about Mae's superb performance as Mayme Dean in "Sometime," noting "Mae West gave a capital characterization of a chorus girl in search of temptation, but never finding it, ..."
• • On Friday, 6 October 1933 • •
• • On Friday, 6 October 1933, Mae West wowed the world when Paramount Pictures released "I'm No Angel" directed by Wesley Ruggles and co-starring Cary Grant (in the role of Jack Clayton).
• • On Saturday, 6 October 1934 • •
• • The New York Board of Censors insisted upon a new ending for the upcoming Mae West picture.  Ruby Carter and the Tiger Kid have to head to the altar to satisfy the purity police and Paramount Pictures pays the fare to have the conclusion done over.
• • An article in Literary Digest discussed this, calling the forced ending "a sort of shotgun wedding." This piece ran in their issue dated for Saturday, 6 October 1934.
• • On Saturday, 6 October 1934 • •
In their magazine section, The Winnipeg Free Press ran a lengthy article by Mae West called "Me and My Past" with two small b/w photos on Saturday, 6 October 1934.
• • On Tuesday, 6 October 1959 • •
• • In early October — — on Tuesday, 6 October 1959 — — newscaster Charles Collingwood had taped an interview in the screen queen's apartment. Questioned about the title of her new memoir Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It, Mae West replied, "It's about my private transgressions — — that's a long word for sin." The suits viewed the footage and were afraid to air it.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper will appear in one picture each per year.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I know what I want.  I have to. That's the only way to build a career."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Stanford Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Columnist Steven Lavine wrote:  On Saturday "My Little Chickadee" [1940] will be on channel 5 at 2:30 p.m. It is W. C. Fields' last great film. His confrontation with Mae West in this film is one of the bright spots in American film history.  ...
• • Source: Item in "Quilty's Corner" column written by Steven Lavine for The Stanford Daily; published on Thursday, 6 October 1966
• • 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 • • 
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