Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mae West: El Paseo

It was on Monday, 29 December 1975 when Craig Russell was appearing as MAE WEST in Palm Springs, California.  Let's go back in time.
• • For the Sophisticated Adult! Al Anthony and Friends present . . . From the Plaza Hotel in New York and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas — — Impressionist Extraordinaire — — Craig Russell and Company — — You’ll meet: Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Talullah, Mae West, Carol Channing, Marlene Dietrich, and Hollywood’s Brightest Stars!!! . . .
• • Source:  Ad for the El Paseo show in The Desert Sun; published on Monday, 29 December 1975.
• • On Sunday, 29 December 1912 • •
• • In the Sunday morning newspapers on 29 December 1912, readers noticed that B.F. Keith was offering "Dinkelspiel's Christmas" along with "MAY WEST — singing comedienne" [yes, the newspaper spelled it "MAY WEST" in their 29 December 1912 ad].
• • The 14th Street theatre is, alas, long gone but we can only imagine how much fun we missed since, alas, we were not around to dial STuyvesant 3400 to reserve a ticket.
• • On Wednesday, 29 December 1937 • •
• • Variety did an article on the ill-fated broadcast Mae did on NBC: "Mae West Case Big Dilemma in Washington."  This piece was printed in Variety on Wednesday, 29 December 1937.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West plans a brand new act for her return to Lou Walters' Latin Quarter in New York in April.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I'm going to change my tempo and work very, very fast. This picture needs a big lift to pick up the speed and wake an audience up."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The trade papers mentioned Mae West.
• • Major Pictures Corp., Production Line-Up for 1937-1938, 16 features released by Paramount.
• • Features set for production include: "Sapphire Sal:  Night of Mystery" — — Star: Mae West; director: Eddie Sutherland; star: Grant Richards;  producer: Emanuel Cohen. Type: "A Gay Nineties musical" . . .
• • Source: Item in Film Daily West;  published in July 1937
• • Note: the title would be revised to "Every Day's a Holiday" and released in the USA in time for Xmas on Saturday, 18 December 1937
• • 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 3,300 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3343rd 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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