Friday, October 24, 2014

Mae West: Stalin in Hollywood

In 1934, MAE WEST appeared in Great Britain in the center of a political cartoon drawn by Sir  David Alexander Cecil Low [7 April 1891 — 19 September 1963]. So did Swedish actress Greta Garbo [18 September 1905 — 15 April 1990], who purrs, "Ah tank I loaf you, Meester Stalin!" And that's Marlene Dietrich on the right.
• • Since this is the anniversary of the October Revolution, commonly referred to as Red October or the October Uprising of 1917, we thought you'd enjoy this drawing today.
• • "A consignment of culture to the Barbarians" • •
• • The left-wing British editors wrote this cartoon caption: The Russian people on the left, ogling glamorous Hollywood filmstars, while a statue of Karl Marx gazes doubtfully down upon a Mae West look-alike, who is purring "Come up and see me sometime."  In the foreground, a nervous Stalin is being embraced by another star. [The journalist failed to identify Miss Garbo.]
• • The Evening Standard explained:  One result of the agreement between Washington and Moscow is that Hollywood is to export films to Russia. 
• • Source: cartoon in The Evening Standard [U.K.]; published in 1934.
• • On Friday, 24 October 1919 • •
• • In the write-up of Ned Wayburn's "Demi-Tasse Revue" at the Capitol Theatre (a movie house on Broadway with a wide stage for vaudeville acts), Variety mentioned Mae West on 31 October 1919, noting that she "also scored as a single with a burlesque 'shimmy' number."
• • On Friday, 24 October 1919 Mae West also sang "Oh, What a Moanin' Man."
• • On Tuesday, 24 October 1933 • •
• • Variety couldn't stop printing articles about "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West.  "Mae West Opera Wows Newark — Cops House Record, $28,000, and Held Over" ran in Variety's issue dated for Tuesday, 24 October 1933.
• • On Wednesday, 24 October 1934 • •
• • A review of "Belle of the Nineties" penned by Otis Ferguson [1907 — 1943] was published on Wednesday, 24 October 1934.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Film critics are predicting that you will see another new and sensational star — — none other than Mae West, the "Diamond Lil" of Broadway.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When you tell people a play is naughty, they rush to see it. I can't help that, can I?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • "Do Actors Enjoy Those Screen Kisses?  Mae West Does, Bing Crosby Doesn't" • •
• • "You've gotta have romance, and what's romance without some kissing?" Mae West asks. "And unless kissing is real, it doesn't look real. When I kiss 'em, I give 'em something to talk about."  . . .
• • Source: The Milwaukee Journal;  published on Sunday, 12 January 1936
• • 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 3033rd 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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• • Mae West cartoon in 1934

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