Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mae West: Naughty

A MAE WEST motion picture opened in Stanford, California and received this review.
• • "Time Marches as Mae West Also Runs" • •
• • Sheldon wrote:  Best thing about the Mae West bill at the Stanford Theatre tonight is the March of Time review of Nazi Germany. Not that Miss West is not her usual parabola self — — far from it indeed, but fans who race to the show in search of the good old Puritanical  naughty-naughty scene of anticipation will be slightly disappointed. 
• • Sheldon continued:  Story of "Everyday's a Holiday" revolves around the clever Mae as a light-fingered New York gal and Edmund Lowe, the equally clever and overly-honest New York City cop.  Both, according to the best of Hollywood scripts, are in love with each other; but duty always has the unfortunate habit of keeping them apart until the end. Through a series of far too complicated moves, "Honest John" Quade, the villain and crooked politician, is out-witted, beaten in the election when he flies Lowe from the force, smacked in the face at his opponent's political rally. All, of course, in the best of 1890 style, which by this time has gotten a little stale.
• • Dialogue Good • •
• • Sheldon explained:  Dialogue between Mae West and Butterworth, and West and Winninger, at times approaches the humorous, but is nowhere near the too famous Ameche-West Garden of Eden [radio] scene.
• • Sheldon added: In the "March of Time" review, despite the editor's comment to the contrary, propaganda tells its powerful story, neatly slaps Der Fuhrer's face.  Almost a perfect parallel of Sinclair Lewis' book. "It Can't Happen Here," this pictorial study shows only too well the effects of mass hysteria on an economically and socially broken nation.    
• • Source: Review in The Stanford Daily; published on Friday, 11 February 1938.
• • John Edwin West, Jr. [11 February 1900 — 12 October 1964] • •
• • Born in February — — on Sunday, 11 February 1900 — — in Brooklyn, John Edwin West died on 12 October 1964. He was 64. Mae made arrangements for the body of her beloved kid brother to be sent back to Brooklyn to the family crypt.
• • Two weeks later, Mae — — who hated to think about death — — made a Will.
• • On Saturday, 11 February 1933 in The Los Angeles Daily News • •
• • The Los Angeles Daily News ran an article on "She Done Him Wrong" in their weekend edition on Saturday, on 11 February 1933.
• • On Saturday, 11 February 1933 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Film critic Mordaunt Hall wrote: Mae West is to be seen at the Paramount in a hearty and blustering cinematic cartoon of the devilish '90s. With the haughty strut and the nasal twang which are the principal assets of her repertoire, she filled the screen with gaudy humor. Illustrating the troubled career of Lady Lou, whose heart is bigger than her sense of decorum, she rhymed "amateur" with "connoisseur" in one of her beer-hall ballads and, on the whole, gave a remarkable suspicious impersonation of Diamond Lil. In fact, "She Done Him Wrong," with a few discreet cuts and alterations, is the same "Diamond Lil" without which no bibliography of Miss West's literary works would be complete.
• • Mordaunt Hall continued: Most highly prized of the Bowery belles, Lady Lou is notable both for her beauty, which is ornate, and for her wit, which is not dull. Although her reputation is nightly torn to bits by the pious in the mission next door to the saloon where she holds court, district leaders and other local Napoleons fight for her favors. Despite the title, she did nobody wrong. While her man is doing a "rap" she has to live, and she has chosen a good location. "My career is diamonds," she says, and men fight for the privilege of adding to her collection of jewelry. . . .
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Paramount's Christmas tree blazes brightly with two of the year's big hits: Mae West in "Gentlemen's Choice" and Bing Crosby and Kitty Carlisle in "Here Is My Heart' — — delivered to you for holiday business.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Hiring someone to write your autobiography is like hiring someone to take a bath for you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book on sin mentioned Mae West.
• • Chapter 8, which is devoted to "Lust," is where Mae West makes an appearance. In particular, the author cites her character Tira's role in inciting the lust of men in "I'm No Angel" [1933].
• • Source: from the book "Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins" written by William H. Willimon [Abingdon Press]; published on Friday, 1 February 2013
• • 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 3112th 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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