Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mae West: Camperdown Talkies

MAE WEST fans in Camperdown, an inner Western suburb of Sydney, Australia, were looking forward to going to the pictures on Saturday, January 20th.
• • Camperdown Talkies • •
• • Saturday's Attraction:  Mae West in "She Done Him Wrong" • •
• • "She Done Him Wrong" is a story of the Bowery, a notorious section of New York, during the gay nineties, with its collection wide open saloons, "tough men," and frivolous women.  It centres around a singer known as "Lady Lou," who has a way with men and who accepts their attentions in return for diamonds.  Her collection of gems, so great is her popularity, is ransom for half a dozen kings. Miss West appears in that role.   . . . Miss West sings two songs during the course of this picture.   . . .
• • Source: Article in Camperdown Chronicle; published on Thursday, 18 January 1934.
• • On Friday, 21 January 1938 • •
• • Once again the legal woes of Mae West got her into many newspapers. The headline in The Argus announced "Action Against Mae West" and this item appeared in the daily Melbourne, Victoria publication (page 11) on Friday, 21 January 1938.
• • On Saturday, 21 January 1950 • •
• • When the revival of "Diamond Lil" left the Plymouth Theatre on Saturday night, 21 January 1950, Mae West immediately took the show on the road. The hard-working performer has never let an understudy substitute for her onstage. How many actresses can say that?
• • On Tuesday, 21 January 2003 in the UK • •
• • Ben Southwell directed the episode "Living Famously — Mae West," which was part of a television series originally broadcast in Great Britain from 2002 — 2003. Starring W.C. Fields, Cary Grant, Mickey Hargitay, et al, this footage originally aired in the UK on Tuesday, 21 January 2003.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "New Piece of Showmanship!" • •
• • Ninety negro voices burnish a choral background to Mae West's singing of that lovely spiritual, "Troubled Waters."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "It is better to be looked over than overlooked."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book on the artist Edward Hopper mentioned Mae West.
• • Gerry Souter wrote: As the painting ["Welfare Island"] was being completed, the very dangerous Mae West, who added sexual improvisation to her first stage play "Sex," served ten [sic] days.  . . . 
• • Source: Section on page 159 in the book "Edward Hopper Light and Dark" by Gerry Souter; published in 2012
• • 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 1,430 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3097th 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 with Cary Grant in 1934

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