Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mae West: Majestic in Texas

In 1914, when MAE WEST and Guido were doing the variety circuit, they were jointly booked at the Majestic in San Antonio, Texas in early September. Thanks to the San Antonio Light newspaper, which gave a detailed account of the performance, we have a good idea of the impression created by the accordion king and his sexy Brooklyn bride.  Let's spend some time with the star-crossed couple in honor of the Italian musician's birthday.
• • Guido Deiro [10 June 1886 — 26 July 1950] • •
• • Throughout 1914 and into the early part of the next year Mae West and Guido Deiro trouped together, performing from coast to coast on the same stages.  Quite often the Italian musician was singled out as the stand-out hit. In 1914, still developing her brand, Mae West was noticed as "the Eva Tanguay of vaudeville," "the original Brinkley girl," or a singing comedienne "with a style all her own."   
• • When the two entertainers performed at the Majestic, the Texas newspaper San Antonio Light wrote:  The brass predominates in a march-time introduced by the Majestic orchestra, then softens down to almost nothing, and into the spotlight bursts Deiro, king of the accordeonists with his magnificent piano-accordeon. Without a pause, his fingers start their nimble skipping up and down the dual keyboards, and out to the audience float the strains of ages old masterpieces and the most modern of rags and ballads. At will Deiro, expressing the mood of the moment, commands the best music of the world and plays it as a master for his auditors.  . . .   
• • Deiro is not alone in the honor column, however; six other acts share it with him including Mae West, the "Eva Tanguay" of Vaudeville.  . . .
• • Illustration: Mae West at the Majestic Theatre in 1914.
• • Source:  Review from San Antonio Light; published on Tuesday, 8 September 1914.
• • On Sunday, 11 June 1989 • •
• • The L.A. Times wrote:  "I'm No Angel" (Channel 5, Saturday at 3:15 a.m.): Mae West was never better as a carny dancer turned lion tamer who conquers high society and vamps Cary Grant as well; this is the one in which she ad-libbed (sic), "Beulah, peel me a grape."
• • On Friday, 11 June 2010 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • On Friday, 11 June 2010 in The N.Y. Times, reporter Sara Polsky described a 28-foot-wide Manhattan mansion recently listed for sale.
• • In the early 1930s, 266 West End Avenue belonged to actress Mae West.  Beverly stayed on for awhile in Mae's home before it was sold.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West received word yesterday that the inmates of the Iowa State Penitentiary have voted her their favorite, this despite her having been instrumental in sending a man to prison recently for robbing her.  Jail's news organ, the Presidio, has asked her for a photograph and an interview.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Associated Press discussed Mae West.
• • New York, June 10  (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Salvatore A. Cotillo expressed unreserved admiration today for Frank Wallace, an actor, because he wanted to be declared Mae West's husband. I admire him, said the justice, but I'm afraid there is nothing for me to do but dismiss the case.
• • Mae West's counsel contended she had not been properly served in the suit.  . . .
• • Source: Item in the Daily Illini (Illinois); published on Thursday, 11 June 1936
• • 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 3,497 visitors. And 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 3198th 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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