Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mae West: Red Carpet

The vaudeville bookings of MAE WEST were tracked by The New York Clipper on January 27th.
• • (New York City ) The Paris Gown, Duffy and Edwards, Mae West and Girard Bros., Brown and Mills, and Jack Little.
• • Source: Item in New York Clipper; published on Saturday,  27 January 1912.   
• • Screenland's January 1934 cover • •
• • Directly under a striking color portrait of Mae West on the cover of the January 1934 issue of Screenland, the Smart Screen Magazine, the editors promised that you would find "Mae West's Personal Message to You!" on page 24.
• • On Monday, 27 January 1930 in The Brooklyn Eagle • •
• • The death of Matilda Delker West was reported in The Brooklyn Eagle on Monday, 27 January 1930. A heartbreaking loss for her daughter Mae, who was born and bred in Brooklyn, where her mother introduced her to the vaudeville circuit.
• • On Friday, 27 January 1933 in the USA • •
• • The red carpet premiere of "She Done Him Wrong" took place in Hollywood on Friday, 27 January 1933. What a great day for Mae West.
• • On Thursday, 27 January 1938 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Frank S. Nugent, The Times man on the aisle, gave his review of "Every Day's a Holiday" on page 17 [N.Y. Times on Thursday, 27 January 1938]. Nugent didn't care for the motion picture per se but seemed to appreciate the live music played by Benny Goodman and his orchestra that was part of the New York Paramount Theatre's stage show.
• • In contrast, Variety's headline was "Benny Goodman — West Boffo B'way for $57,000" [Variety on 2 February 1938]. Considering this tally was done during the Great Depression, ticket receipts totaling $57,000 at the box office in NYC would indicate that Mae West definitely attracted a full house in her hometown.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The following titles were announced yesterday: Mae West will star in "Gentlemen's Choice" and "Me and the King"; Marlene Dietrich in "The Scarlet Empress," directed by Josef von Sternberg.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   “Jail life is not so bad after all. It may be the making of me." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New York Clipper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Benefit a Success" • •
• • The benefit given in aid of the sufferers of the Equitable fire, on the New York Theatre Roof, on January 18, was a big success, and the size of the crowd was a tribute to the cause of the management. Pat Casey and William Fox were the inceptors of the affair, and John Zanft and Harry Reichenbach shelled out the pasteboards.
• • Among those who volunteered were: Mae West and Company, Claude Golden, the card king; Carrie LilIe, Fields and Lewis, De Almo and Mae, Andy Rice, Evelyn Bennett, Dorothy Russell and Company, ln Ambition; King and Mackay, Adele Ritchie, Weston, Fields and Carroll, Great Lester, and Billy Hall, a real fireman.
• • Source: Item in The New York Clipper; published on Saturday,  27 January 1912
• • 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. We reached a milestone yesterday: 3,100 posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3101st 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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