Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Mae West: First Talker

MAE WEST was kindly mentioned by the critic Bige in "her first talker." Let's press rewind and enjoy an excerpt from this Tuesday (long ago) film review all over again.
• • "Night After Night" • •
• • Judicious casting, pacing that inspires excitement and dialog that sparkles are three forms of flattery for this cut-and-dry scenario. The cast is interesting, the pace commands attention and the dialog is exceptionally entertaining, so here is one instance where a story's shortcomings can be overlooked. The points in its favor make "Night After Night" an entertaining and probably profitable talker. Further than that, it's another advancement for George Raft and an auspicious start for Mae West in her first talker.
• • George Raft as Joe Anton, a mugg proprietor of a class speakeasy with a Park Avenue yen, is the central figure from start to finish, but it's the quartet of varied femininity surrounding him that gives the picture its real character nourishment. Miss West is last but not least of the femme foursome which includes Constance Cummings, Wynne Gibson, and Allison Skipworth. That each fits perfectly in her role, in appearance and performance, and that each is a distinct type without a conflict attests to an expert casting job.  . . .
• • Source: Review by Bige, Variety;  published on Tuesday, 1 November 1932.
• • On Friday, 1 December 1933 • •
• • An article about Mae West with the title "Diamond Lil" ran in the Chicago Daily Tribune on Friday, 1 December 1933.
• • On Wednesday, 1 December 1976 in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West starred in "Sextette" [1978], and the cinematography was done by James Crabe.
• • Shooting began  at Paramount Studios' rental facility in December — — on Wednesday, 1 December 1976 — — and the picture was wrapped up during March 1977. James Crabe captured his leading lady in medium shots. There would be no close-ups in "Sextette" of Mae West.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Compared with Mae West's voluptuous lion-tamer Tira in "I'm No Angel," her Ruby Carter in "Belle of the Nineties" is a decidedly subdued and comparatively virtuous character.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "If your man's dynamite to you, it's up to you to be his match."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A campus newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • Six Hollywood stars are listed on the rolls of Greek letter houses at the University of Illinois. Nancy Carroll and Mae West are members of sororities — — and Robert Taylor, Robert Montgomery, William Boyd, and Richard Bennett get their mail regularly at Illinois fraternities. . . .
• • Source: Item in Columbia Daily Spectator (NYC); published on Monday, 30 November 1936
• • 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.
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1 comment:

  1. It is ironic that December 1, 1976 was the first day of filming for Mae West's last film, "Sextette," as the first day of December is now acknowledged to be "World A.I.D.S Day, a time to remember the millions of men, women and children the world over who have died from contacting this virus. Throughout her long career from the days of her play "SEX" and her early Hollywood films, West spoke out about sexual enjoyment. Her close friends feel she would have been appalled by people dying from having sex, and if she had lived long enough, would surely have been a spokesperson for safer sex practices.