MAE WEST was back in Eagle Rock, California for an onscreen engagement.
• • On April 16th, 17th, and 18th, "She Done Him Wrong" was booked at the York Theatre, on York Boulevard at Avenue 50. Movie-goers could call for information: ALbany 5015. What a treat from Sunday through Tuesday.
• • The second feature was "Face in the Sky" with Spencer Tracy and Marian Nixon.
• • Source: Eagle Rock Advertiser; published Monday, 17 April 1933.
• • On Saturday, 17 April 1937 • •
• • "Mae West Disappears — Star in Retreat" • •
• • From London, the snippy, snooty British gossip columnist Greville Bain wrote: It cannot have escaped the notice of the film public that it is a long while since we had any news or even rumors of Mae West.
• • Greville Bain stated his own opinion on this: Even her greatest admirers had to admit that Miss West's more recent pictures were not calculated to enhance her reputation. Not so long ago she was said to vie with Shirley Temple as the greatest film attraction in the United States.
• • In accordance with his misogynistic and curdled view, Greville Bain burbled: It is doubtful if, in Europe. Miss West was ever accepted as a first-class star. She rushed into a sensational vogue in "I'm No Angel," and repeated her characteristic performance several times. Trouble beset her when she attempted to add sentiment to her repertory. It was hard to accept her very mature features as a magnet for comparatively young men. While she was "tough" she was, in her way, a success. But when she began to intimate a soft heart within a tough exterior, admiration gave way to derision.
• • Greville Bain added: It may be for this reason that Mae West is in retreat and no announcements are made about her forthcoming pictures.
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Disappears" by Greville Bain in The Advertiser (Adelaide); published on Saturday, 17 April 1937.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is still saying "NO" to the Jerry Wald— Norman Krasna call to co-star with Jane Russell in "Mother Knows Best" and now the boys are thinking about Marlene Dietrich.
• • "Mother Knows Best" is the story of two sisters who fleece unsuspecting males by posing as mother and daughter. Sighs Jerry Wald [16 September 1911 — 13 July 1962] on his failure to lasso Mae: "I talked with her over long distance last night. I don't know why she objects to the part. The story establishes that she's not really Jane's mother, but her sister. Mae's a wonderful business woman. I can't understand it."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don't get up. Save your energy. I guess you've got your pencil sharpened and are ready to go."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Columbia Daily Spectator mentioned Mae West. A ivy league college student Martin Manulis often portrayed Mae to great success in campus shows.
• • 'Mae West' Portrait Loses to Aunt Mary • •
• • Some undergraduate is getting a vicarious thrill out of a photograph of Mae West (nee Martin Manulis). Posted in Hamilton Hall as an advertisement for the Varsity Show, the portrait attracted much attention. However, the glass-paned bulletin board is now getting much more attention on account of a slight change in its content. Somebody jimmied the lock and . . .
• • Source: Columbia Daily Spectator [NYC]; published on Tuesday, 17 April 1934
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