Friday, December 26, 2014

Mae West: Romance Blooms

MAE WEST is shown with her hand on the shoulder of Randolph Scott in an ad printed on Saturday, 26 December 1936.
• • True Republican wrote: Plan To Bring 1937 in with a BANG and Mae West! By Attending Our Special Mid-Night Show on Thursday,  December 31st at 11 :30 PM.  Favors and Hats and Serpentines and Balloons are FREE for all!
• • True Republican wrote:  Mae West hits the green pastures and makes romance bloom for a shy country lad!
• • True Republican wrote:  Adolph Zukor presents Mae West in "Go West Young Man" — Fargo, Sycamore, phone 606.
• • Source:  True Republican; published on Saturday, 26 December 1936.
• • On Thursday, 26 December 1946 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Bosley Crowther wrote an obituary: "W.C. Fields, 66, Dies; Famed as Comedian." Of course, W.C. Fields was Mae's co-star in 1940.
• • On Sunday, 26 December 2004 • •
• • Pat Jordan wrote: Between serving in the Navy during World War II and again during the Korean War, Joe Gold (born 1922) lived as a beach bum in Santa Monica, alternating work in the merchant marine as a machinist's mate with play on the beach. It was there, after Korea, that he heard about a casting call for a Las Vegas revue starring Mae West. When Gold and a few of his fellow bodybuilders visited Mae West's apartment, she looked them over and said, ''I'll take all of you.''
• • Pat Jordan added: After Gold finished his cross-country tour with Mae West, he soon returned to Santa Monica, where he used his machinist's skills to design and build his own sophisticated weight-lifting equipment. In 1965 he opened the first Gold's Gym . ...
• • Source: Article: "Body by Joe" written by Pat Jordan for The NY Times Magazine; published on Sunday, 26 December 2004.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • At an age she aptly describes as "seventy-ish," Mae still flaunts the lovely, rounded figure, unencumbered by corset (this vouched for by Edith Head, who has designed Mae's screen wardrobe since "She Done Him Wrong").
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “You've never seen such a commotion as when he [Hal Clarendon] woke up. You’d think I had broken the Ten Commandments to hear the bawling out I got.”   
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Milwaukee Sentinel discussed Mae West, who was then appearing onstage in "Come On Up" during the Christmas holidays, delighting her Midwest fan base.
• • "When She Whips 'em Off" • •
• • The Milwaukee Sentinel wrote: "It cannot be said that 'Come On Up' is not on the corny side, but it is cheerful, crude, well-plowed corn, grown that way on purpose.  Many women in the audience giggled delightedly ...  Miss West's wisecracks are good in spots and almost always seem to be funny when she whips them off."
• • Source: Review in The Milwaukee Sentinel; published on Thursday, 26 December 1946
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. Yesterday we entertained 1,430 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3079th 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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