Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mae West: Gibson Girl Mode

A new motion picture starring MAE WEST always gave good box office.
• • "Mae West, at Embassy, Sets Attendance Mark" • •
• • Mae West's amazing new contribution to screen history "Belle of the Nineties," now at the Embassy theatre, reveals the Paramount screen sensation more beautiful and alluring than ever as the foremost charmer of the gallant Southland of the Gay and Naughty Nineties.
• • Miss West plays the part of a diamond-crusted charmer • •
• • With Roger Pyror her leading man as a two-fisted ring hero, John Mack Brown as a gallant lover, and John Miljan as the "tall and dark" menace, Miss West plays the part of a diamond-crusted charmer, who gives up her title of burlesque queen of St. Louis to become the sweetheart of New Orleans. The plot, which includes a prizefight reminiscent of the former glory of the ring, a diamond theft, a murder, and a fire, serves to bring Miss West through the whirlwind of action and love-making to the arms of her true love, Pryor. Prominently cast in the supporting roles are Katherine DeMille, a recent acquisition of the screen, Libby Taylor, Warren Hymer, and Stuart Holmes.
• • And, furnishing a background of entrancing rhythms for Miss West's songs, are Duke Ellington and his orchestra. The whole is sumptuously and elaborately set in a careful reconstruction of the dazzling New Orleans of the latter part of the last century.
• • Costumes in the Gibson girl mode • •
• • The costumes, many of which are adaptions of the Gibson girl mode, are among the most beautiful ever seen on the screen.  Under the expert hand of director Leo McCarey, the original story, by Miss West herself, has been woven into an entrancing, eye-filling, laugh- and-drama packed spectacle, which goes even beyond the blonde charmer's recent smash successes.
• • Source: Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania); published on Monday, 29 October 1934.
• • On Wednesday, 29 October 1930 • •
• • "Mae West is getting ready to shock the smaller burgs," noted Variety in its issue dated for Wednesday, 29 October 1930.  The touring company Mae assembled for her play "Sex" was already wrapping up its Chicago engagement. "Sex" was booked into theatres in Detroit, St. Louis, and Cleveland, where Mae starred onstage in the role of Margy LaMont.
• • On Saturday, 29 October 1932 • •
• • The gala premiere on Saturday, 29 October 1932, revealed that "Night After Night" was only 73 minutes long. No one remembers anything about this film except for the hilarious moments when Mae West was onscreen.
• • On Thursday, 29 October 1959 in New Statesman • •
• • Mae West's memoir was reviewed by Maurice Richardson. His critique of "Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It" [NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1959] appeared on page 657 of the New Statesman on Thursday, 29 October 1959. Published when Mae was 66 years old, the sunny-side-up narrative focuses on her triumphs and downplays (or omits) any inconvenient setbacks.
• • On Wednesday, 29 October 2008 • •
• • Diane Shipley's article "Women authors aren't funny? Don't make me laugh,"  published in London's Guardian on Wednesday, 29 October 2008, provoked feedback from 50 readers.  Many emphasized the achievements of the endlessly quoted Mae West.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hard times at Muriel Cigars saw sales greatly decreased. Muriel's first commercials of the 1950s featured an animated cigar with Mae West's face and insinuating voice.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Back in the 18th century, when everybody had long white hair, great ladies used to receive callers in the bedroom. It was considered class."
• • Mae West said: "A book author had more freedom of expression than the stage permitted at that time."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Australia newspapers mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Seeking Divorce" • •
• • LOS ANGELES, October 28 — — Mae West has announced that she is filing a suit for divorce against Frank Wallace, whom she married in 1911. Her action is a reply to Wallace's suit for separate maintenance.
• • Source: Item in Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW);  published on Wednesday, 29 October 1941
• • 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 3036th 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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