Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mae West: Strangest Twist

MAE WEST wowed them in Palm Springs at the Chi-Chi Starlite Room, which was a hip night spot during the 1940s and 1950s, and a big draw for the deep-pocket crowd. When Mae brought her act to this Palm Canyon Drive supper club, she received rave reviews.
• • "At Chi Chi Mae West Is Just as Popular Today as During 1930s" • •
• • Mae West, the sexy siren who made Dad's celluloid collar steam in back in the mid-1930s, took a bead on the new generation when her brand new cafe show opened at Chi Chi Sunday night.
• • Judging from audience reaction, Mae had all the fellas right where she wanted them.
• • Sexy, spicy, and as naughty as ever, Mae whisked through a breezy routine that included encounters with visiting royalty, TV western heroes, and a squad of Olympic athletes. Needless to say, La West won hands down — — or was it hands off — — in each of the  meetings.
• • Miss West followed Harvey Stone, who had his hands full trying to provoke mirth amongst the diners. His best rib-ticklers were those reprimands issued to the non-laughing members of the audience. Sample — — "This is what you call candlelight and swine."
• • For Mae West, the crowd reacted differently and she responded by casting several pearls amongst them.
• • When her maid answered a ringing telephone with the notification that it was "Miss West's suite," Mae raised her eyes and cautioned the maid. "Just answer it, honey," she said. "Don't brag about me.”
• • And when a visiting count warned her that she knew what "happens to bad little girls," Mae indicated that she indeed knew. "Prosperity," she exclaimed.
• • Most of the wit was doubie entendre, but some of it was fairly blatant. Or at least blatant enough to get the show enjoined in Boston. And maybe a couple of other towns, too.
• • Strangest twist and one the Vegas crowds ought to chuckle about, too is the "chorus line" for Mae's program.  Clad only In brief white loin cloths, six Muscle Beach prototypes array themselves behind Mae, flexing their pectoral (and other) muscles. It's a grand sight, something that could only be matched by, say, an Atlas orbiting around the Chi Chi.
• • Through it all, the music of the Bill Alexander Chi Chi Orchestra manages to keep its tempo, its mood, and its sanity.
• • That's not easy when Mae West is on stage.  — — G. L.
• • Source:  Article by G.L. in The Desert Sun; published on Tuesday, 17 March 1959.
• • On Monday, 17 March 1930 • •
• • It was on Monday, 17 March 1930 when Mae West's "Pleasure Man" trial before Judge Amadeo Bertini began, and the New York District Attorney charged that Mae violated Section 1140-a by writing another gay play and he also charged her with the crime of maintaining a public nuisance — — an insulting charge typically levied at speakeasies and skidrow saloons not playwrights.
• • On Thursday, 17 March 1966 • •
• • On 17 March 1966 caricaturist Al Hirschfeld wrote on one page: "John P. Sullivan has purchased a drawing of mine of Mae West for $250.00."
• • On Tuesday, 17 March 2009 in Paris • •
• • A decidedly bizarre portrait of Mae West was sold in Paris on Tuesday, 17 March 2009. The occasion was a fundraiser that was dedicated to aid for cancer patients. Essentially, it was one of Paramount's photos of Mae from 1932 with Vezzoli's scribble on it.
• • Though it does not look like much, this "Surrealist Portrait of Mae West (L' Age d' Or)" by Francesco Vezzoli (born in 1971) was sold to a French buyer for this amount:  €36,000 (Set Currency) or $46,800.00 in US dollars.  An amazing sum.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • When screen history is written it will be recorded that the Golden Age of Art began with Mae West and the Three Little Pigs. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My picture 'It Ain't No Sin' is belly laughs about the low-lifes."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Singapore newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • Paramount presents Mae West in "I'm No Angel" with Cary Grant. Come up and see me sometime — — any time. Screening shortly . . . .
• • Source: Item (page 7) in The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser; published on  Saturday, 17 March 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 3136th 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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