Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mae West: Bare Beaver

MAE WEST as the inspiration for the parody of a Sci-Fi plot? Humorist Paul Simms, stimulated by Mae's trademark line, added a new element — — vulgarity.  That's what writers sometime resort to when short on imagination or cleverness.
• • "8 Short Science-Fiction Stories" • •
• • “Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?” the holographic re-creation of Mae West said, as she uncrossed her legs and flashed us her bare beaver.
• • My mother looked away, troubled. “Is this really the proper use of the technology?” she said.
• • “Come on, lady — nobody would have loved this more than Mae herself,” the hologram of Mahatma Gandhi said. “And don’t forget: the Bacon Club Chalupa is at Taco Bell for a limited time only.”
• • Source: "Shouts and Murmurs" column written by Paul Simms for The New Yorker; issue published on Sunday, 6 September 2015.
• • On Tuesday, 15 September 1931 • •
• • The article “Mae West Returns” was printed in The New York Sun on Tuesday, 15 September 1931.
• • The review "Play 'Constant Sinner' Opens" was seen in the New York American on the same date:  Tuesday, 15 September 1931.
• • On Wednesday, 15 September 1937 • •
• • It was on Wednesday, 15 September 1937 when newsstands in the Midwest carried this headline: "Michigan Sprint Star Plays Bit in Mae West Film." The reference was to athlete Sam Stoller [1915 — 1985] who was born in Cincinnati. After winning the 100-yard championship, Sam Stoller announced that he intended to pursue a career as "a crooner Movie Star" and, subsequently, became known as "Singin' Sammy Stoller."
• • Sam Stoller's first part was in a crowd scene at the legendary New York cafe Rector's in Mae West's "Every Day's a Holiday," when he was 22 years old.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Harold Hecht, dance director of the stage and screen, has been signed by Paramount to stage the dances for Mae West's starring picture, "Ruby Red."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I get my satisfaction from  handing others an hour of entertainment, of putting 'em out of what's bothering 'em, and in handing 'em a personally prepared motion picture."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book review mentioned Mae West.
• • Ross Reyburn wrote:  Robert Tanitch's article on the 1933 film "I'm No Angel" offers a superb portrait of the wonderful Mae West, who along with American critic and poet Dorothy Parker deserves to rank as the wittiest woman of the 20th century.    
• • Ross Reyburn continued: His array of Mae West wisecracks includes the inspired reply to the guy who made the mistake of telling her:  "I've changed my mind."  To that, Mae replied, "Does it work any better?" . . .
• • Source:  Review:  Seven decades of cinema success; At the movies: A new book that looks at success of the Blockbuster Blockbusters! By Robert Tanitch. Reviewed by Ross Reyburn for The Birmingham Post (England); published on Saturday, 20 January 2001
• • Note: That's Hollywood honcho Adolph Zukor with Mae West.
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3267th 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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1 comment:

  1. R. Mark Desjardins2:28 PM

    I got a huge laugh out of the Mae West comment to Ross Rayburn in today's blog. Mae was lightning fast with quick witted repartee and this is a fine example. Thank you for sharing.