Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mae West: Not Disappointed

A motion picture starring MAE WEST took a college coed by surprise. Let's read her charming film critique together. We wish we knew Miss Chapin's first name.
• • The Reviewer • •
• • "I'm No Angel" (Paramount)  At the Stanford Theatre • •
• • This is one of those pictures which a reviewer can discuss with the comforting knowledge that nothing she says will make one whit of difference.  Mae West, like the Depression, is a national institution, and has come to have all the attention commonly accorded the same.
• • "I'm No Angel" suffers the lot of all sequels — — not that it is in any way connected with "She Done Him Wrong," but it will forever be compared with that first phenomenon. If it had appeared first, it would probably have been the bombshell that the other one was, but as it is, people will probably be disappointed in "I'm No Angel," largely because they are determined to be.
• • I expected to be disappointed, and my only disappointment was that I was not disappointed. Mae West is still Mae West, and "I'm No Angel" is superlative entertainment.
• • The story of Tira, the circus dancer and tamer of men and lions, is told with a maximum of gusto, and the snappy, sharp, and slightly racy dialog which only Mae West can write. It is to be regretted that the theatre advertisements have so completely appropriated the best and most characteristic lines, thereby taking away some of their tang.  . . .
• • This has been Part 1. Part 2 will follow tomorrow (Friday).
• • Source: Film Review by Miss Chapin for The Stanford Daily; published on  Monday, 27 November 1933.
• • On Thursday, 26 November 1931 • •
• • The New York Herald Tribune reported on the intense displeasure to white Washingtonians when Mae West brought her Harlem play "The Constant Sinner" to D.C. where the local D.A. was Leo K. Rover. Leo roared about the profanity and the dances performed by the black cast. The D.A., apparently, had been telling the media he would "arrest the entire company of fifty one if another performance were given," noted the Herald Tribune on Thursday, 26 November 1931. Racism reared its head.
• • On Friday, 26 November 1954 • •
• • In a vintage catalogue that kept track of Decca's 78 rpm platters, it was listed that Mae West recorded "Frankie and Johnny" and the B-side "All of Me" [Decca # 29452] on these dates: Friday, 26 November 1954 and Monday, 29 November 1954.
• • On Thursday, 26 November 2015 • •
• • Happy Thanksgiving to our readers and devoted Mae-mavens. Let's take a moment to count our blessings and be grateful for good friends, good health, and good times.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • On radio, Charlie McCarthy sparred with Mae West, W. C. Fields, and Orson Welles among others and became a star in his own in right.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "What I mean is I was coming to the conclusion that boys made much better playmates than girls."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Hollywood Magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Motion picture stars have to be different, even when they sign their names for autograph collectors. 
• • Mae West always uses red ink. Claudette Colbert puts capital "E's" in both of her names. Dorothy Lamour uses "Dottie" instead of Dorothy; and Tyrone Power prefers plain "Ty."  . . .
• • Source: Item in  Hollywood Magazine; published in the issue dated for January 1943   
• • 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 3320th 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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