Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mae West: Show-Wise Girl

MAE WEST and Charles Collingwood — — well, we know how that turned out.
• • But on Thursday, 29 October 1959, Hollywood columnist Mike Connolly was hopeful. He wrote:  Charles Collingwood was crowing just before he returned to his home base of New York City after taping some Person-to-Person shows here. "They're the best we’ve ever done," he said, “and there will be more of them shot in Hollywood because the homes are roomier here than in the East, enabling us to utilize six cameras instead of the usual three.”
• • Mike Connolly continued: The pre-taped shows shot here by Collingwood included such celebs as Mike Romanoff, Marge and Gower Champion, Edith Head, the James Mason, Jack Lemmon, Erle Stanley Gardner, Jack Webb, and MAE WEST! (Hey. Charlie, c’mon out and see Mae again sometime.  I’ll try to talk her into reading Mother Goose rhymes this time).
• • Source: Hollywood column written by Mike Connolly for The Desert Sun;  published on Thursday, 29 October 1959.
• • On Wednesday, 29 October 1930 • •
• • "Mae West is getting ready to shock the smaller burgs," noted Variety in its issue dated for Wednesday, 29 October 1930.  The touring company Mae assembled for her play "Sex" was already wrapping up its Chicago engagement. "Sex" was booked into theatres in Detroit, St. Louis, and Cleveland, where Mae starred onstage as Margy LaMont.
• • On Saturday, 29 October 1932 • •
• • The gala premiere on Saturday, 29 October 1932, revealed that "Night After Night" was only 73 minutes long. No one remembers anything about this film except for the hilarious moments when Mae West was onscreen.
• • On Thursday, 29 October 1959 in New Statesman • •
• • Mae West's memoir was reviewed by Maurice Richardson. His critique of "Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It" [NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1959] appeared on page 657 of the New Statesman on Thursday, 29 October 1959. Published when Mae was 66 years old, the sunny-side-up narrative focuses on her triumphs and downplays (or omits) any inconvenient setbacks.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It's all right to follow Mae West's advice and hold on to your man, but don't do It while he is driving.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "It took a show-wise girl to put this vamp business on a paying basis."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Motion Picture Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Belle of the Nineties" is now in its second week at the Denham.
• • The latest Mae West film holds the house record at the Denham for money, close to $16,500, but her previous film, "I'm No Angel," still holds the house record for number of patrons. Prices were boosted recently from 15c, 25c, 35c, to 25c, 35c and 50c . . .
• • Source: Item in Motion Picture Daily; published on Thursday, 27 September 1934  
• • Note: Yes, you read that right. Ticket prices for movie-goers were calculated in cents, not in dollars, during the Depression in the 1930s.
• • 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 3299th 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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