Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mae West: Sexperts, Sexpots

MAE WEST is prominently featured in the Kindle eBook "The Playboy Interview: Sexperts and Sexpots" edited by Ralph Ginzburg. Mae's rousing interview, first seen in the January 1971 issue of Playboy Magazine, is included.  This e-edition became available on Sunday, 10 March 2013.
• • On Wednesday, 10 March 1926 in Variety • •
• • A news item noted that a new play by "Jane Mast" (Mae West) called "Sex" was coming to Broadway. This announcement ran in Variety's issue dated for Wednesday, 10 March 1926.
• • On Saturday, 10 March 1934 in Spain • •
• • During the 1930s, movie mavens in Spain used to buy Film Selectos Magazine. In their issue dated for Saturday, 10 March 1934, they printed this two-page feature: "Vida y Adventuras de Mae West" ("The Life and Adventures of Mae West") along with terrific photos. Rochelle Hudson was the Film Selectos cover girl in black and white.
• • On Saturday, 10 March 1934 in Australia • •
• • Staring Mae West, "I'm No Angel" had its Sydney opening at the Prince Edward Theatre on Saturday, 10 March 1934. This successful 87-minute comedy (9 reels) ran for eight weeks in Australia.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In case you don't savvy the term, the "finger man" of a mob is the fellow who points out the victim and the location to nab him. Mae West, Betty Compson, and one of the many Marxes are only a few of those who are reputed to have had the "finger" put on them at various times.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "A man in the house is worth two in the street."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New Movie Magazine discussed "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West.
• • "I'm No Angel" — Directed by Wesley Ruggles. Released by Paramount • •
• • This month may also mark the beginning of Mae West's slide down from her current peak of popularity — unless she does something different. In "I'm No Angel," she repeats the formula that brought her such immense original success. No trick is quite so good the second time it's played, and Miss West's formula has been simple.
• • By all fictional traditions, stage, screen and print, the life of the light lady has always been simply terrible. Her wages of sin have been bitter and paid a hundred and ten cents on the dollar. The daughter of joy never has had a break. Miss West has turned tradition hindside before and has given her a break.
• • Her "fallen woman" has let men fall while she has triumphed. To an audience, the novelty of the situation has been delightful. The pursued rabbit has turned around and bitten a mouthful out of the dog.
• • The trouble with novelty is that it doesn't bear repetition and Miss West, this time, has merely recited her formula again. Furthermore, she has weakened her performance by moving her scene out of the Nineties into the present.   . . .
• • . . .  Miss West's slurring voice, her continual exemplification of the physiology textbook's insistence that the hip is a freely movable joint, her end-of-the-last-century toughness simply doesn't belong in a film laid in the present. Men aren't like that. Neither are women.  ...
• • Source: review in The New Movie Magazine; published in January 1934 
• • 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 recently when we completed 3,100 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3131st 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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