Friday, February 20, 2015

Mae West: Made Millions

The headline from Los Angeles read: "MAE WEST Wins Stage Lawsuit."
• • Los Angeles, Feb. 20th [AP] — — Mae West won a $1,000,000 lawsuit today without having to put up a defense.
• • Superior Judge WiIliam Baird threw out of court the claim of Mark Linder, co-author with  MIss Mae West of the stage success, "Diamond Lil,"  that the actress had made millions "on  the side" from the sale of their play to a movie studio which filmed it as "She Done Him Wrong." 
• • The judge sustained a defense motion for dismissal.
• • Source: rpt by The Cornell Daily Sun (Ithaca, New York); published on Wednesday, 21 February 1940.
• • On Wednesday, 20 February 1935 • •
• • An article with the headline "Mae West in opera?" was published by The Daily Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina) on Wednesday, 20 February 1935.
• • The Daily Times-News wrote: And we heard that Mae received a round of applause strong enough to have delighted Amelita Galli-Curci.  . . .  Now that Mae's had this fling, her fans are wondering: will she turn to grand opera seriously? . . .
• • On Thursday, 20 February 1936 in Hollywood • •
• • There is a Joseph Breen PCA office memo, dated 20 February 1936, in the "Klondike Annie" PCA case file. Alas, Breen felt that Mae West was "censorable" and he never let up.
• • On Thursday, 20 February 1936 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette • •
• • Many newspapers including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the script disputes and disagreements between Joe Breen and Mae West over "Klondike Annie" and these articles were published on 20 February 1936.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Sex goddess Mae West is responsible for some of the most quoted lines in Hollywood's film history.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Doncha think TV is a perfect medium for me? After all, I've always entertained the masses — — all ages and mentality."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A New York City college paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Martin Manulis May Don Pants For Good; Paramount Scouts Are Watching Him • •
• • Martin Elyot Manulis, 1935 —buxom hausfrau of "Home James," premiere danseuse of "Laugh It Off" and rich man's plaything in "Flair Flair" — may soon shed his skirts and bustles and stay forever after male. For Paramount Pictures may turn the blonde "heroine" into a screen juvenile. Scouts of the motion picture company first became interested in Manulis last year, during the production of "Laugh It Off," on the boards of the Astor Theatre. In the Herman Wouk revue he danced, sang and emoted in a gamut of feminine roles, including characterizations of sedate Alma Mater, a demure Spanish barmaid, a questionable valedictorian — — and a seductive Mae West.   . . .
• • Source: Item in Columbia Daily Spectator (NYC):  published on Wednesday, 20 February 1935
• • 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 this week: 3,100 posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3119th 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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