Thanks to the Hays Office, there were many film titles considered and discarded for the first "talkie" that would star MAE WEST. One title (discarded early on) was "Ruby Red." Another seems to have been "Rings on Her Fingers."
• • It's very interesting that this article from May 20th indicates a close relationship brewing between the new Hollywood star and the Russian-born choreographer Boris Petroff. Let's examine it more closely.
• • "The World of Pictures" • •
• • Wesley Ruggles has been assigned to direct Mae West's next starring picture, tentatively titled "Rings on Her Fingers." Boris Petroff, former producer of revues for the New York Paramount Theatre, will direct dance routines in the new Mae West production, having accompanied Miss West on her return to Hollywood recently.
• • Source: Item on page 2 in The Brisbane Courier [Queensland, Australia]; published on Saturday, 20 May 1933.
• • On Sunday, 20 May 1934 • •
• • The article "So Mae West's Slipping? Not So She Can Notice It!" was published in The Los Angeles Times in their weekend edition on Sunday, 20 May 1934. By then Mae had two motion picture hits behind her and her third film "Belle of the Nineties" would be released in September 1934.
• • On Monday, 20 May 1935 in Australia • •
• • A film review with this title, "Mae West in Story of Yester-Year," was printed in The Courier-Mail (Brisbane) on Monday, 20 May 1935. The critic wrote: "Mae West, the featured player in 'Belle of the Nineties,' which heads the current programme at the Winter Garden Theatre, requires no introduction to patrons of the talking screen."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West seems to be growing vaguer all the time about her own background.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Harry Richman was one of my pianists. So was Whispering Jack Smith."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Life Magazine writer Robert Benchley discussed Mae West and "Sex."
• • Robert Charles Benchley [15 September 1889 — 21 November 1945] was an American humorist, actor, critic, and part of the Algonquin Hotel's literary circle. Heavy drinking damaged his liver and he died in New York City at the age of 56.
• • Robert Benchley, writing in Life Magazine on Thursday, 20 May I926, observed: "The sudden rush to see 'SEX' is not confined to the canaille. The agencies are hot after tickets, and each night soft purring limousines roll up with theatre parties of gentry, out 'just for a lark'." . . .
• • Source: Article in Life Magazine written by Robert Benchley; published in their weekly edition dated for Thursday, 20 May I926
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