Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mae West: Besieged

MAE WEST had such a reputation that some people felt she was "the national pastime."
• • "Barnyard to Boneyard" by John L. Strohm • •
• • Collegiate columnist John L. Strohm wrote: Today is Sunday — that alleged day of rest — when date-goers will recuperate from last night by sleeping until noon so they can go out again tonight; when students will catch up on their sleep that they have lost while catering to the whims of the professors last week . . .
• • John L. Strohm observed:  You should know that the national pastime on the campus is not baseball, football, or even Mae West, as some people claim — — but coking in one of those dens of iniquity where smoke, noise, saxophones, and women combine to give as much excitement as a monkey playing the pipe organ in church.  . . .
• • Campus column in Daily Illini; published on Sunday, 23 September 1934.
• • On Sunday, 23 September 1934 in The L.A. Times • •
• • An article argued for censorship of the type of motion picture made by Mae West and other bombshells. "Films Should Be Fit for Children to See" was printed in The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, 23 September 1934.
• • On Monday, 23 September 1940 • •
• • "My Little Chickadee" starring Mae West and W.C. Fields was playing at the Grand Theatre, as part of a double feature, in New Zealand on Monday, 23 September 1940.  "Final screening tonight!" announced the advertisement on that date on the front page of the Bay of Plenty Beacon, Volume 3, Issue 216.  "Honestly, this is a great programme!" was lettered all in caps under the cast and credits.  "Both recommended — Censor for Adults."
• • On Tuesday, 23 September 1947 • •
• • The headline was: "I've Come to Find out, Says Mae."
• • The Singapore Free Press wrote: Mae West invited goggle-eyed British reporters to "come up and see me sometime" when she ran the first gauntlet of them on her arrival at Southampton at two o'clock on Wednesday morning.
• • Just to keep everything above board, Mae asked them all to a press reception at the Savoy Hotel, explained The Singapore Free Press (on page 3) in their issue dated for Tuesday, 23 September 1947. Yes, such excitement.
• • On Tuesday, 23 September 1969 • •
• • Production on the motion picture "Myra Breckinridge" began in September — — on Tuesday, 23 September 1969 — — and Mae West (cast as Leticia Van Allen) received top billing.   Production concluded on 26 February 1970.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Believe it or not, the person besieged by the most autograph hunters, with the exception of Mae West, was Buck Jones.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Keep a diary and one day it'll keep you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Screenland Magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • When Mae West appeared in the Motion Picture Hall of Fame at the Fair there was quite a flutter to be sure. An observer reported that he heard at least ten women say, "Isn't she tiny! I expected to see a big woman." 
• • Screenland's columnist added: You see, Toots, the camera always makes one look larger than in real life.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Screenland; published in the issue dated for September 1933 
• • Note: Mae West on the cover of Modern Screen's issue for September 1933 when she was expected to make a motion picture with the dishy leading man Clark Gable for M-G-M. The projected title was "New Orleans." But Clark signed a contract for "Gone with the Wind" instead.
• • 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 3273rd 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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