Friday, September 25, 2015

Mae West: Romp Around

When sixteen outstanding film classics were selected by the Film Society, a MAE WEST movie was included.
• • "Film Society Wednesday Night Series 1968 — 1969" • • 
• • 16 Outstanding American and Foreign Features Including "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (world's first horror classic), "Father Sergius" (Russian silent classic, 1918), "She Done Him Wrong" starring Mae West,  . . .  
• • Admission is only by a series subscription — —  [$5 for 16 Evenings of Entertainment]. . .
• • Source: Article in Daily Illini (page 11); published on Wednesday, 25 September 1968.
• • On Tuesday, 25 September 1934 in Variety • •
• • A lengthy review of "Belle of the Nineties" appeared in Variety on this date.
• • Abel wrote: "Belle of the Nineties" is a little of everything. Even "St. Louis Blues" and "Memphis Blues" are in it — — she did "Frankie and Johnny" in "Diamond Lil."
• • On Wednesday, 25 September 1940 in Variety • •
• • Andrew R. Kelley reviewed "My Little Chickadee" for Variety. His heavy-handed piece began on page 3 (continued on page 20) in the issue dated for Wednesday, 25 September 1940.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Wherever Mae West went, a crowd was sure to follow. But Mae took all the adulation good-naturedly.   
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • To her director at Paramount, Mae West said:  "I'm going to walk. Nobody can romp around in orchids, ermine and diamonds.  I want to come in slowly, throw my wrap off and say something to cover up the snail's pace George Raft-ward."  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A newspaper in Ithaca, NY mentioned Mae West.
• • Coming on Sunday to the Strand Theatre — — Mae West in "Belle of the Nineties" . . .
• • Source: Item in The Cornell Daily Sun; published on Tuesday, 25 September 1934
• • Note: Los Angeles Evening Herald Express film critic Harrison Carroll wrote this in September 1934:  After seeing Mae West’s new picture Belle of the Nineties, one can only borrow a current slogan and advise the censors: ”Next time, get Ethyl.”
• • Harrison Carroll continued: The blonde star has played the game according to their rules and emerged with a much funnier film than her last effort, I’m No Angel, which paid a profit that would make your eyes bulge. Belle of the Nineties, now playing at the Paramount, is a typical Mae West film about a St. Louis burlesque queen who went south to New Orleans and did everything but make the Mississippi run backwards. [Carroll added: Frankie Baker, of "Frankie and Johnny" fame, also was a St. Louis woman who went down to New Orleans, where she met a young mack named Johnny. Coincidence. . . ?]
• • 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 3275th 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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