Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mae West: A Bitter Feud

MAE WEST had aligned herself with Emanuel Cohen and his indie studio, Major Pictures. In mid-January 1938, a rift was reported. This had an impact on Mae's movie career.
• • "Feud Causes Close of Major Pictures" • •
• • HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 13 [UP] — Major Pictures, an independent studio that had Mae West and Bing Crosby under contract, was closed down today, its 80 employees paid off, perhaps for good.
• • The shutdown resulted from a bitter feud between Major's head: Emanuel Cohen, and chief of Paramount Studios, Adolph Zukor. Paramount, which releases Major's pictures, announced all connection had been cancelled. Cohen claimed his contract was broken and threatened legal action.
• • United Press news coverage rpt in The Stanford Daily; published on Friday, 14 January 1938.
• • On Tuesday, 14 January 1930 • •
• • As the Los Angeles engagement of "Diamond Lil" was winding down, a nerve-wracking telegram arrived. The condition of Matilda West was worsening; the cancer had spread to her liver. Mae West hired a private train. On 14 January 1930 — — after their last performance in California — — Mae and the cast left for Brooklyn, New York.
• • The death of 59-year-old Matilda West in January 1930 "was a staggering blow," admitted Mae, who was inconsolable and devastated by the loss of her beloved mother.
• • On Friday, 14 January 1938 • •
• • In the month of January, "Every Day's a Holiday" debuted in the USA on a weekend — — Friday, 14 January 1938.
• • It was the first Mae West film that failed to make money, unfortunately, and Paramount Pictures cut ties with her..
• • On Wednesday, 14 January 1959 • •
• • When he was hired in to help Mae West get her memoir together, ghostwriter Stephen Longstreet may have discussed autobiography's conventions — — the expected triumphs won after disappointments, the lessons learned from hard knocks, and the struggles along the way. Their collaboration during 1957 — 1958 produced a manuscript published in hardcover by Prentice-Hall on Wednesday, 14 January 1959. Using a well-worn comeback borrowed from the speakeasy hostess Texas Guinan, Mae titled her life story "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • After seeing Miss Mae West in "Night After Night" I had a recurrence of such temperature I thought I should have to resort to ice packs.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Sure, they are right, when they say I make a parody of Sex. That's my stock in trade. Any gal can get really sexy but it takes a smart dame to make guys and women both laugh at it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Malayan Saturday Post mentioned Mae West.
• • "Facts for Fans: Mae West Signs Contract" • •
• • Mae West, whose first screen appearance in "Night After Night" created a sensation at the recent preview of that production, has signed a long-term contract with Paramount. Between pictures, Miss West plans to continue her writing, and may turn her attention to originals for the screen. No decision has been made as to the picture in which she will make her next screen appearance.
• • Source: Malayan Saturday Post (page 16), Singapore; published on Saturday, 14 January 1933
• • 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 3092nd 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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