Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Mae West: Dances the Midway

MAE WEST was all the rage in the bi-weekly student paper published in Richmond, Virginia by John Marshall High School.
• • The school was named for John Marshall [24 September 1755 — 6 July 1835], the 4th Chief Justice of the USA's Supreme Court (1801—1835). His court opinions helped lay the basis for United States constitutional law and made the Supreme Court a co-equal branch of government along with the legislative and executive branches. (Did you learn something here today?)
• • When Mae's second motion picture with Cary Grant was released, her student fans at John Marshall High were delighted.
• • "Mae West Appears at Loew's in I'm No Angel" • •
• • Mae West comes back to town today in a new Paramount picture, "I'm No Angel," booked at Loew's Theatre for six days.
• • That is real news for picture fans. Miss West gives a splendid performance — — she portrays a colorful character, Tira, a hardboiled, carnival dancer who becomes a New York sensation. On her rise to fame and fortune, she vamps any number of men, finally ending up besieged by her "tall, dark and handsome," a society millionaire.  She sings five sensational songs, dances the "midway" — — a spectacular variation of that same shimmy which, we are told, she herself originated [sic]. Mae wears lovely clothes and scintillates with wit in an hilarious courtroom scene.
• • Come Up and See Me Sometime! Mae West in "I'm No Angel," with Cary Grant. Starts today at Loew's.
• • Source: The Monocle; published on Friday, 27 October 1933.
• • On Saturday, 27 October 1934 • •
• • Picture-goer, Britain's publication for film fans, discussed costumes designed for Mae West for her latest movie "Belle of the Nineties" in an issue dated Saturday, 27 October 1934.
• • On Sunday, 27 October 1935 • •
• • Which actresses would be most popular in 1936?  The L.A. Times weighed in on the merits of Mae West, Katharine Hepburn, and Jean Harlow in an article printed on Sunday, 27 October 1935.
• • On Tuesday, 27 October 2009 • •
• • "Mae West Wrote Plays; Pity We Can Only Read Them" was the title of an intriguing book review written by Rick Whitaker.  It was published on Tuesday, 27 October 1997 in the peach-colored newspaper The New York Observer. The title under discussion was this: "Three Plays by Mae West: 'Sex,' 'The Drag' and 'The Pleasure Man'," edited by Lillian Schlissel [Routledge, 246 pages]. Excellent book.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West in “Belle of the Nineties,” which opens Saturday for the entire week, has returned to the giddy nineties, hour-glass costumes, swirling hats, and ostrich plumes for her setting.  In the principal male roles are Roger Pryor, New York stage star, John Mack Brown and John Miljan, who acts the “tall, dark” menace.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   “Relax, sweetie, there’s no rush. Anything good, I mean really good, takes time. If you know what I mean.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Monterey, Virginia newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Height and Curves" • •
• • Actress Ruth Gillette, despite her stage successes, could not get a movie contract because of weight, until the advent of Mae West with fashion curves. Now Ruth is much in demand and has just signed a screen contract, one clause being that she must not weigh less than 135 pounds.  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Recorder; published on Friday, 27 October 1933 
• • Note: Of course, you might have noticed that the news clip did not state anything about the height of Ruth Gillette [1906 1994]. And no doubt she was taller than Mae.
• • 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 3297th 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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