Monday, November 10, 2014

Mae West: Uncut, Uncensored

Ever seen an uncut, uncensored version of "My Little Chickadee" starring MAE WEST?  
• • "Flick Friday" • •
• • Daily Illini wrote:  W. C. Fields makes the scene with Mae West on Friday in the original unexpurgated showing of "My Little Chickadee," Fields most famous flick of all time. Made in 1940 from a script Fields and Miss West wrote themselves, "My Little Chickadee" is perhaps the least known but most often quoted film of the series.
• • Daily Illini noted: It contains Miss West's famous grape-peeling line "If you've got nothin' to do and lots of time to do it in, come on up and see me sometime," in addition to the recurrent my little chickadee expression which became Fields' hallmark.
• • Daily Illini explained: Ron Epple, Aardvark Films downstate agent, affirms this is the uncut, unexpurgated version containing the often-censored sheep scene in which Fields climbs into bed with a sheep, thinking it's Miss West.
• • Source: Item in Daily Illini; published on Thursday, 9 November 1967.
• • On Saturday, 10 November 1928 • •
• • The New Yorker published a lengthy Mae West interview titled "Diamond Mae" illustrated with a cheeky illustration on page 26. Written by Thyra Samter Winslow, this profile appeared in the issue dated for the week of 10 November 1928.
• • On Saturday, 10 November 1951 • •
• • "Diamond Lil," after a regional tour, returned to the Broadway Theatre for a victory lap. Gus Jordan's Gay Nineties saloon on the Bowery was seen again on The Great White Way beginning on 14 September 1951.
• • Two months later, Mae West and her gaudy retinue took their final bows on Saturday, 10 November 1951 after this "last stand" on Broadway — — yes, sixty-seven performances.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Sam Coslow and Ralph Rainger have been assigned to do two songs for Mae West's new picture, as yet untitled.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Men are like cigars, If you don't attend to them, they go out."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Jon Tuska wrote:  On 14 September 1951 "Diamond Lil" opened for what was designed to be a limited run at the Broadway Theatre, closing on Saturday, 10 November 1951 after sixty-seven performances.  ...
• • Source: From "The Complete Films of Mae West" by Jon Tuska; published in 1992
• • 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 3044th 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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