Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Mae West: Tira's Triumph

A MAE WEST motion picture was broadcast in early October, meriting a mention by a popular California columnist.
• • Steven Lavine wrote:  On Saturday "My Little Chickadee" [1940] will be on channel 5 at 2:30 p.m. It is W. C. Fields' last great film. His confrontation with Mae West in this film is one of the bright spots in American film history.
• • Source:  Quilty's Corner column written by Steven Lavine for The Stanford Daily; published on Thursday, 6 October 1966.
• • On Sunday, 6 October 1918 • •
• • On Sunday, 6 October 1918 the New York Herald Tribune wrote about Mae's superb performance as Mayme Dean in the Broadway show "Sometime," noting "Mae West gave a capital characterization of a chorus girl in search of temptation, but never finding it, ..."
• • On Friday, 6 October 1933 • •
• • On Friday, 6 October 1933, Mae West wowed the world when Paramount released "I'm No Angel" directed by Wesley Ruggles and co-starring Cary Grant (in the role of Jack Clayton).
• • On Saturday, 6 October 1934 • •
• • The New York Board of Censors insisted upon a new ending for the upcoming Mae West picture.  Ruby Carter and the Tiger Kid have to head to the altar to satisfy the purity police and Paramount Pictures pays the fare to have the conclusion done over.
• • An article in Literary Digest discussed this, calling the forced ending "a sort of shotgun wedding." This piece ran in their issue dated for Saturday, 6 October 1934.
• • On Saturday, 6 October 1934 • •
• • In their magazine section, The Winnipeg Free Press ran a lengthy article by Mae West called "Me and My Past" with two small b/w photos on Saturday, 6 October 1934.
• • On Tuesday, 6 October 1959 • •
• • In early October — — on Tuesday, 6 October 1959 — — newscaster Charles Collingwood had taped an interview in the screen queen's apartment. Questioned about the title of her new memoir Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It, Mae West replied, "It's about my private transgressions — — that's a long word for sin." The suits viewed the footage and were afraid to air it.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Directed by Wesley Ruggles, "I'm No Angel," a Paramount Pictures favorite, was originally released with great fanfare on Friday, 6 October 1933.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'm always good at night."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A store mannequin was attired like Mae West.
• • "The Lady Lou Influence" • •
• • And on Wednesday she satisfied the public eye by appearing in one of these new Mae West formals with a removable jacket with a high, high collared neck, shirred shoulders, pocket elbow sleeves, and slitback. When the jacket was removed, the matelasse material appeared straight and slinky, in line with nothing in the way of a back.  . . 
• • Source: Fashion Article in Daily Illini; published on Friday, 6 October 1933
• • Note: Matelasse Fabric — — A heavy and soft upholstery-weight textile in Jacquard weave. The surface appears puffy or cushioned. Also called double cloth.
• • 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 3282nd 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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