Was MAE WEST anything like the fictional females she played onstage or onscreen? She often denied she was.
• • "Real Mae West Differs from Actress She Plays" • •
• • The Desert Sun wrote: Mae West's characterisation of a motion picture star in "Go West Young Man," the hilarious comedy, which comes to the Palm Springs Theatre on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 14th, 15th, 16th, is, strangely enough, entirely unlike her own life as an outstanding film luminary.
• • The Desert Sun gave several examples. Here's one: "Go West Young Man" portrays a film star's touring paraphernalia as extremely elaborate, but the real Mae West journeyed to Corona, California for her first ''location" scenes of the picture, in simple fashion. Accompanied only by her driver and personal maid, Miss West's arrival was inconspicuous, and her departure the same — — a decided contrast to the film role (Mavis Arden) she portrays.
• • The Desert Sun continued: The throngs of fans surrounding the Triangle A ranch near Corona did not, in fact, recognize Miss West’s car until some time after the star had arrived. While on location, Miss West stopped at the famous Lake Norconian Club, a mecca for Eastern tourists. Contrary to the fictionised activities of stars, Miss West's stay at the hotel was marked primarily by its lack of display. She mingled freely with the guests — —many of whom were unaware that Hollywood’s leading name was among them.
• • With Miss West in her new picture are such outstanding players as Warren William, Randolph Scott, Lyle Talbot, Alice Brady, Isabel Jewell, Elizabeth Patterson, Margaret Perry and others.
• • Source: Article in The Desert Sun; published on Friday, 11 December 1936.
• • On Monday, 11 December 1939 in Hollywood • •
• • W.C. Fields sent Mae notes and script suggestions. Often these musings did not make it into the "My Little Chickadee" script.
• • In a note dated Monday, 11 December 1939 — — Dressing Room, Fields wrote:
• • Dear Mae, Eddie [Sutherland] told me that you asked him if I had any suggestions for the finish. This is it. The finish leaves us just the two of us at the end of the picture with no attempts at comedy or wise cracks from either of us. I think it will leave a nice human, homey feeling in the audience's mind. . . .
• • However, this vague, unfunny conclusion Fields sketched out was rather toothless and too wispy to be used. Wiser heads prevailed.
• • On Saturday, 11 December 1943 • •
• • The hard-working soldiers of the 63rd Infantry were treated to American entertainment in the evenings. The film screened for the military men and women on Saturday evening, 11 December 1943 at 18:45 (6:45 pm) was "The Heat's On" starring Mae West. Va-voom.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The elegantly alluring Mae West isn't what she used to be. That's no commentary on "Goln' to Town," her latest picture which opened yesterday at the Circle and is at least better than "Belle of the Nineties," nor do we mean to give you the idea that her professional standard is slipping.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Urbana Daily Courier discussed Mae West.
• • Mae West's Mother Had Much To Do With Her Early Success on the Stage • •
• • As a Child, Actress Was Known as "Bushwick Baby Blonde," Taking Many Roles in Legitimate and Vaudeville • •
• • To one who has heard Mae West sing "Frankie and Johnnie" and "I Like a Man Who Takes His Time," it may seem incomprehensible that she could ever have sung the plaintive, "Father, dear father, come home with me now. The clock in the steeple strikes one," while she tugged pitifully at the coattails of her drunkard parent in "Ten Nights in a Bar-room.". Yet that was one of her most noted roles as a child actress with the Hal Clarendon company. . . .
• • George Lait wrote this long "flashback" article for Central Press and The Urbana Courier
• • Source: Article (page 6) in Urbana Daily Courier; published on Monday, 11 December 1933
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