Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mae West: Haunted Ranch

On Saturday, 9 December 1939, the headline read: "MAE WEST Buys Haunted Ranch." Join me for the journey back to California, dear ghost hunters.
• • The San Fernando Valley ranch which Mae West recently acquired is comprised largely of the ‘haunted’ hills which once were the hide-out of Joaquin Murietta, one of California’s most famous bandits.
• • Mae goes walking through these hills quite regularly — alone, too! “That really is the only form of exercise I take,” she remarks. "So far, I haven't seen any sign of any ghost."
• • Miss West is currently starring with W.C. Fields in Universal's "My Little Chickadee" (tentative title).
• • Source: Item in Indianapolis Recorder; published on Saturday, 9 December 1939.
• • On Wednesday, 10 December 1930 • •
• • Referring to a meeting in Hollywood on Wednesday, 10 December 1930, and what had been decided by a Board of Directors, Will Hays wrote to remind Adolph Zukor that he must not register the titles "Diamonds" or "Diamond Lady" for any film project with Mae West [re: Will Hays memo dated 18 October 1932].
• • On Friday, 10 December 1937 • •
• • Mae West failed to report for the first rehearsal of "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" set for Friday evening on 10 December 1937. The suits at NBC were getting nervous and the sponsor's reps were baffled.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is occupied at the moment with plans for a Klondike picture and is mulling over a scheme to do an Aimee McPherson caricature in a subsequent film.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "It's what they see in my eyes that counts."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Cornell Daily Sun mentioned Mae West.
• • Naturally, this inattention annoyed Adolf Hitler — it offended the artist In him. So, like Mae West and Eugene O'Neill, he went farther and farther, that he might be noticed. And at last he has been noticed — not merely by the newspapers and the politico-dramatic critics — but officially noticed: by the Reich. This, for Adolf Hitler, is success. It was inevitable that the troubled governors of Germany should be forced to do something about the fiery leader of the Nazis.  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Cornell Daily Sun; published on Thursday, 10 December 1931 
• • 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 3330th 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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