Monday, January 12, 2015

Mae West: Mystery Maybe

There have been numerous books written about MAE WEST.  Since one murder mystery featuring Mae in Hollywood was first published in January 1983, we wanted to mention these titles.
• • Mae West is the flamboyant heroine of two detective novels:  "He Done Her Wrong" by Stuart Kaminsky [St. Martin's Press, 1 January 1983] and also "The Mae West Murder Case" by George Baxt [St. Martin's Press, November 1993]. Kaminsky was a film historian and Baxt was a screenwriter; both scribes enjoyed dipping their pen nib into the Tinseltown inkwell for some good old-fashioned Golden Era inspiration.
• • On Saturday, 12 January 1929 • •
• • "Diamond Lil," first staged at the Royale Theatre in New York City, opened on 9 April 1928 and closed on Saturday night, 12 January 1929 after 323 performances. Then Mae took it on the road.
• • On Thursday, 12 January 1933 • •
• • At the time, this headline surprised industry insiders: "Skipworth Replaces Mae West in Paramount Cast."
• • The Hollywood Reporter wrote:  Alison Skipworth will be featured with Mary Boland in "Don't Call Me Madame" by Paramount, instead of Mae West as previously intended.
• • Source: The Hollywood Reporter, "Today's Film News Today"; published on Thursday, 12 January 1933.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • After Mae West, Mary Pickford, and Pola Negri all declined the role, Gloria Swanson starred in 1950's "Sunset Boulevard," portraying Norma Desmond, a faded silent movie star.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I saw the Russian Empress as a warm, gay, very sensual woman, and yet a monarch who was a skillful politician and a master statesman."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily Illini mentioned Mae West.
• • "Free events — best bet for weekend fun" • •
• • Every room or lounge of the Union will be used tonight as rock bands, comedy teams, movies, food, bingo, and Groove Tube invade the student center.  Highlighting the activities will be Edmonds and Curley, a live comedy team; Bittersweet, a local rock band; the movie "Bye, Bye, Birdie" and some great movie shorts of Mae West, W. C. Fields, Abbot and Costello, and Frankenstein. . . .
• • Source: Item in Daily Illini; published on Friday, 12 January 1973
• • 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 3090th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

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• • Mae West book cover in 1993

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