MAE WEST makes an appearance in an amusing stage play called "The Reel James Joyce" and you can enjoy an evening performance on Tuesday, 16 June 2015.
• • June 16 heralds a number of celebrations of James Joyce’s complex novel "Ulysses." Down Under, the Melbourne festival has been celebrating James Joyce since 1994.
• • According to the stage director Wayne Pearn: It's 1924 in Paris around 1924. Charlie Chaplin seeks to make a serious film after the failure of "A Woman of Paris," and wants to direct and play Leopold Bloom in "Ulysses." A cast of ex-pats and Parisians (Nora, Erik Satie, Mae West, Theda Bara, and a bevy of Sorbonne-educated young assistants) all want a bit of the action. In the cast: Steve Gome (plays James Joyce), Dan Walls (plays Charlie Chaplin), Bridgette Burton, Kelly Nash, Sarah Plummer, and Silas James.
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• • On Thursday, 16 June 1932 • •
• • It was Thursday, 16 June 1932 when Mae West pulled into Pasadena, California on The Chief. She was unimpressed by the motion picture landscape she surveyed from the train station. "I'm a big girl from a big town," Mae told Los Angeles reporters, "coming to a little town."
• • On Saturday, 16 June 1934 • •
• • A featured article "Come Up and Meet Mae West" by Frank Condon appeared in Collier's Magazine, in their issue dated for Saturday, 16 June 1934. Mae's recent robbery was described. And the actress explained why she did not like "Belle of the Nineties." She said, "Too much of me in it. The story just didn't turn out right."
• • On Saturday, 16 June 1951 • •
• • Referring to a former cast member Sarah Allen, who was suing her, Mae West said: "It takes more than platinum blonde hair and shapely hips to be like Mae West."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Yesterday Mae West appeared at a hearing in court of a damage suit brought against her by another actress, Sarah Allen.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I never found anyone I liked well enough [to marry]. I might have, I suppose, if things had been a little different in my set-up. But I didn't."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian newspaper discussed Mae West.
• • Cairns Post announced: On 16 June 1934, Beattie's Theatre, Babinda. "She Done Him Wrong," "Midnight Club," and "Flowers and Trees" in all Technicolor.
• • Cairns Post continued: The popular Mae West Paramount Pictures production, "She Done Him Wrong" features Miss West as the Bowery Darling who was faithful just as long as her diamonds held out.
• • Cairns Post added: Mae West proves herself quite an unusual type of performer. She sings in a most unusual manner "Frankie and Johnnie" and "Haven't Got No Peace of Mind." Included in the cast are Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Noah Beery, and Gilbert Roland.
• • Source: Cairns Post (Queensland, Australia); published on Saturday, 16 June 1934
• • Note: The song "Haven't Got No Peace of Mind" did not appear in the American release of this motion picture. Who was the composer or lyricist? The local trade papers in 1932 and 1933 only noted that this number "was written especially for her." If you have seen this slightly different overseas version, let us know.
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