A motion picture comedy starring MAE WEST was playing at The Gate Theatre in Sausalito, California on Sunday February 6th and Monday February 7th in 1938. The telephone number of this movie house was 47 (that's right, only two digits) in the 1930s.
• • Mae West, Edmund Lowe, Charles Winninger in “Every Day's a Holiday’’
• • Also showing — Ricardo Cortez and Phyllis Brooks in “City Girl”
• • Ladies Coronado Pottery Night — Monday Only!
• • Source: announcement in Sausalito News; published on Friday, 4 February 1938.
• • On Tuesday, 4 February 1930 in NYC • •
• • New York City's "picture newspaper" The Daily Mirror reported that Mae West "collapsed in her dressing room at the Shubert Riviera Theatre" [sic]. Nevertheless, her attorney Nathan Burkan dismissed the idea that his client's uncustomary breakdown was due to her upcoming court appearance. The author of "Pleasure Man," insisted Burkan, "is not in the least worried about the outcome of her impending trial."
• • Scheduled to begin on Tuesday, 4 February 1930 in Manhattan, the "Pleasure Man" trial was not brought before Judge Bertini until 16 March 1930. Mae looked plenty worried in several photos taken when the trial was in session.
• • The "Pleasure Man" trial is intriguingly dramatized in Act 2 of the stage play "Courting Mae West." The audience gets to see how Mae first behaves very cagily around her friend Texas Guinan, and later on they hear the terrible truth when Mae's sister Beverly enters as Nathan Burkan exits.
• • Source: The Daily Mirror (NYC); published on Monday, 3 February 1930.
• • On Friday, 4 February 1949 on WOR • •
• • NYC broadcast journalist John Wingate interviewed Mae West backstage before the opening of a revival of "Diamond Lil" on Broadway. Their 2-minute exchange is quite funny and was heard in the NYC area over the popular radio station WOR.
• • On Wednesday, 4 February 1998 in Sammy • •
• • The raunchy comic book, Sammy, released their Mae West issue in early 1998. The panels were drawn by Raoul Cauvin and Jean-Pol. The cover has a maritime theme. An odd looking fellow in a beige raincoat appears to be mesmerized by Mae West, who is clad in a chic sailor outfit with her midriff exposed. Sammy's issue was published as a board book on Wednesday, 4 February 1998 by Dupuis.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In her self-created role as "Diamond Lil" Mae West glittered her way to riches.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Because of my early training in vaudeville and in stock companies, I used to learn all the parts: the villain, the heroine, the meany. When I began to write, I was so tired of formulas that I wanted something different. That's why my plays were so original."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Los Angeles Times wrote about Mae West.
• • Edwin F. Schallert wrote: Teaming Mae West and W. C. Fields commends itself as a first-class idea in showmanship. Wherefore the picture, "My Little Chickadee," will have plenty in its favor when distributed at the theaters throughout the nation. . . .
• • Source: Article: “Mae West, Fields Team in Comedy of Old West” written by Edwin F. Schallert for The Los Angeles Times; published on Sunday, 4 February 1940
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