Monday, January 05, 2015

Mae West: Sly Sexuality

The censorship of MAE WEST in the 1930s was recalled in articles discussing "The Interview."
• • "The Interview" Joins the Ranks of Banned or Restricted Movies • •
• • From a Charlie Chaplin comedy to a Mae West melodrama, plenty of controversial films have been pulled or even destroyed since the dawn of cinema • •
• • Greg Daugherty explained:  Mae West was perhaps a bit too sultry for 1930s sensibilities.
• • Greg Daugherty wrote:  Mae West was no stranger to censorship when she began her movie career. She had even been jailed for 10 days [sic] on obscenity charges for her role in a stage play, the unambiguously titled "Sex." So she probably wasn’t surprised when this film [She Done Him Wrong, 1933] was banned in Australia, Austria and Finland and hacked to pieces by censors across the United States for its sly sexuality and double entendres. Even so, it made a star of the young male lead, Cary Grant, and an even bigger one of Mae West. It also provided what may be her most famous and often misquoted line of dialog: “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?”  . . .
• • Source: Article written by Greg Daugherty for Smithsonian Magazine; published on Tuesday, 23 December 2014.
• • On Saturday, 5 January 1935 • •
• • Born on Manhattan's Lower East Side in March 1866, John Patrick West [called "Jack"] grew up feisty, impatient, and strong. As a child he boasted that he'd rather fight than eat. He got his Irish up rather quickly, remembered Mae. He was easily angered and "always ready to do physical violence when the urge was on him."
• • On Saturday, 5 January 1935, Mae West's father "Battling Jack" heard the final countdown; he passed away in Oakland, California of a stroke. The previous November, Mae's father had a severe heart attack and was under the care of a Bay Area heart specialist. A funeral was held in Hollywood within days. Shortly thereafter, the deceased was taken back to Brooklyn to be placed next to his wife in the West's family crypt. Accompanying the body was his son John, his daughter Beverly, and Jim Timony.
• • On this date we remember John Patrick West [1866 — 1935] with love and respect.
• • On Thursday, 5 January 1961 • •
• • "Mister Ed" was an American television situation comedy that first aired as a syndicated program on 5 January 1961. In 1964, Mae West guest-starred and her appearance on "Mr. Ed" won unusually high ratings for this episode as thousands of Mae-mavens tuned in.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Believing the title "It Ain't No Sin" may invite criticism at this time, Paramount had decided to give the forthcoming Mae West picture the handle of "That Saint Louis Woman," but found out the title had been used by Screencraft. They are now considering "West Is West."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Sit down. I do some of my best work on this couch."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Taos News mentioned Mae West.
• • Yvonne Pesquera wrote: Of course, it took the French to shake up the notion of what choreography could be. But it didn’t take long before American starlets got into the act, most notably Gypsy Rose Lee, Mae West, and Jayne Mansfield.
• • Yvonne Pesquera wrote:  Indeed, Corrina Llopart explains that traditional burlesque performers of yesteryear pushed the limits of standards — — whether it was making fun of the rich or politics.  . . .
• • Source: Article: "A Tassel in Time" for Taos News; published on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 
• • 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 3085th 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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