Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mae West: Carnival Beauty

MAE WEST was an indelible ideal star in Indiana on October 28th. Let's go back in time.
• • Logan presents Mae West in "I'm No Angel" — — Twin-Feature Program will start the week.  Starting off with a midnight show Saturday, "I'm No Angel," starring and written by Mae West, will be the attraction at the Logan theater for the first four days of the week of October 29.
• • On the last three days of the week, the Logan will offer a stage production, Chet Davis' ''Chicago Follies," and "Tillie and Ours," in which W. C. Fields, Alison Skipworth, and Baby LeRoy are featured on the screen.
• • Miss West's new picture tells the story of Tira, million dollar carnival beauty, who "shimmies" her way Into the minds and hearts of the boys of the small towns. She turns lion-tamer, becomes a sensation, gets offers from the big city show, and breaks hearts among society playboys, just as she did under the big tent in the "sticks."
• • Just a sensitive girl who climbed the climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong!  Nothing else matters!  Here's Mae West starring with Cary Grant.  "I wrote the story myself. It's all about a girl who lost her reputation but never missed it. Come up and see it sometime." A Paramount Picture directed by Wesley Ruggles.  All new songs.  . . . 
• • Source: Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Indiana); published on Saturday, 28 October 1933.
• • On Saturday, 28 October 1933 in Boston Herald • •
• • "Miss West in Her Victorious Course," an article in Boston Herald on Saturday, 28 October 1933, described the box office brouhaha in Beantown caused by "I'm No Angel." Crowds rushing to secure tickets reminded a local journalist of a "run on the neighboring bank."
• • On Tuesday, 28 October 1941 • •
• • On Tuesday, 28 October 1941, Hollywood columnists broke the story that Mae West was seeking a divorce. The Courier Mail (Brisbane) ran the piece on the front cover.
• • Hollywood, October 28 — Mae West, the film star, announced to-day that she was filing a suit for divorce against Frank Wallace, to whom she was married in 1911. The action will be a cross-complaint to Wallace's suit for separate maintenance.
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Seeks Divorce" written by A.A.P. and printed in The Courier-Mail (page 1); published on Wednesday, 29 October 1941.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Ingrid Bergman may never have asked Sam to "play it again" but Mae West definitely invited assorted men to "come up and see me some time."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It's like this.  The women don't razz me because I don't make 'em jealous. The only censorship directed at me comes from men because intelligent men resent my satire."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Straits Times quoted Mae West.
• • "Mae West Philosophy" was the headline in Singapore. 
• • The lengthy article, which bore no byline, recapped Mae's controversial Broadway career and the 1927 trial and conviction along with various comments from her enemies — — before swinging around sympathetically to the Brooklyn bombshell herself, who compared herself to Voltaire.
• • Source: The Straits Times (Singapore); published on Sunday, 28 October 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 3035th 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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