MAE WEST was mentioned in an article about reincarnation. Marty Martyn's character Jimmy Malloy opens the film "Night After Night." He plays the bow-tied personal assistant to Joe Anton (George Raft), and begins the speakeasy film by accepting a floral delivery, waking up his boss, drawing Joe's bath, and even taking a phonecall from Maudie Triplett, who has just gotten "off the boat" and promises to stop by tonight. He reminisces with Joe about his old flame. When Joe is dismissive about all the old dames he used to run with, Jimmy Malloy observes, "Don't worry. She ain't crying over you. Maudie still has class for plenty of 'em." Later Marty Martyn will have a scene with Mae, who calls him "gorilla."
• • "Youngster tells mom he lived before as movie actor" • •
• • Martha Jett wrote: A 10-year-old boy from Virginia claims that he lived before as movie actor Marty Martyn, who later became a “powerful Hollywood agent.” Since Marty Martyn died in 1964, there is no way that Ryan could know so much about him. . . . Ryan then insisted that he needed to go to “his home in Hollywood” where he lived before. Following many days of research by a “film archivist” who eventually found Martyn listed as an extra in the movie "Night After Night." . . .
• • Martha Jett wrote: According to Martyn's biography, which is now on line, he was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 19 May 1903. At birth, his name was Morris Kolinsky but he changed his name after moving to New York City. He worked as a dancer, appeared in the Broadway show, "Gay Paree," in 1925 and only got one movie part for "Night After Night" starring George Raft and Mae West. . . .
• • Article by Martha Jett in The Examiner; published on Wednesday, 25 March 2015.
• • On Saturday, 2 April 1927 in The N.Y. York Times • •
• • Defense attorney Norman Schloss rounded up a number of theatre buffs who had seen "Sex" and applauded. A NYC pyjama manufacturer Harry M. Geiss told the court that he "had seen 'Sex' twice and found nothing obscene about it," noted The N.Y. Times in their weekend edition of 2 April 1927.
• • On Saturday, 2 April 1927 in The N.Y. Daily News • •
• • Mae West's "Sex" trial was good for selling newspapers, therefore, the coverage continued daily. On Saturday, 2 April 1927, The N.Y. Daily News reported on the testimony from the previous day, April 1st. Harold Spielberg, Jim Timony's lawyer, did his best to frame the discussion of "Sex" and its merits by comparing it to the Bible. Spielberg reminded the jurors of The Book of Genesis and the story of Adam and Eve with all its "precedents for frank language." We can only imagine the effect Harold Spielberg had on the jury box when he emphasized, "If your morals have not already been corrupted, I am afraid they will before I finish reading from the Bible."
• • In December of 1937, Mae West would portray Eve on radio. Everyone knows how that "frank language" on "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" turned out.
• • On Monday, 2 April 1934 • •
• • "Armoured Car for Actress" • •
• • After the menace of her jewel heist and being threatened by acid throwing, Mae was thinking of steel for real; she ordered a bullet-proof car for protection. Her friend Texas Guinan, however, had been riding around in armored vehicles for years, occasionally with her Brooklyn friend Mae. On Monday, 2 April 1934, the heirs of the speakeasy queen had sold one of her armored limousines and it was placed on a boat, where it would sail to Liverpool to its new owner. During the 1920s, the padlock princess had purchased this sleek specially built automobile from the King of Belgium.
• • It was on Friday, 13 April 1934 that the foreign press was full of news about Mae's latest troubles in Tinseltown.
• • In Brisbane, Australia, headlines in The Courier-Mail read: "Armoured Car for Actress — Mae West Worried by Threats."
• • The Courier-Mail wrote: Continued threats by mail and telephone have resulted in Miss Mae West, the film star, calling tenders for the construction of an armoured motor car. Amongst the tenders she received were £900 extra for a car made proof against bullets up to .45 calibre, and £1500 extra for a machine-gun proof car with a tempered steel body and gun-proof glass. [Some coverage in the foreign press was datelined from Hollywood, California, Wednesday, 11 April 1934.]
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West and Mister Ed will team up in a rare TV appearance.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I beat men at their own game. I don't look down on men but I certainly don't look up to them either. I never found a man I could love — — or trust — — the way I love myself."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book on American rhetoric mentioned Mae West.
• • Thomas W. Benson wrote: Although topped by the 61 percent who knew that Mae West said, "Come up and see me sometime," Patrick Henry fared better than Lincoln . . .
• • Source: from a footnote in "American Rhetoric: Context and Criticism"; published in 1989
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