Friday, February 05, 2016

Mae West: Unprecedented

MAE WEST tried to fight the racists and bigots by including black performers and black music in her projects. She would have beamed at this headline printed on Saturday, 5 February 1938.  
• • "Storm Theatre for Mae West Film, Benny Goodman Band" • •
• • New York, Feb. 3. (A.N.P.) — Unlike some Southern audiences and censors who violently object to white and colored together on what they call "terms of social equality,” a crowd of 1,500 persons stormed the Paramount theatre on Wednesday to hail the return of Benny Goodman and his band featuring Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton, and see the new Mae West comedy film, “Every Day’s a Holiday,” in which Louis Armstrong plays his trumpet.
• • Last week the Memphis board of censors cut out all scenes from a new film showing the Goodman quartet because Wilson and Hampton were present, but this same quartet was one of the reasons for the unprecedented Paramount crowd. Lines started forming outside the theatre at 5 a.m., and the management had to call special police to care for the throng of 1,600 on hand when doors were opened at 7:30, a half-hour before scheduled time. The box office was forced to close at 10:30 with a line extending a block away, and the entire house of 3,664 seats had been sold out by nine.
• • When the Goodman band appeared on the stage, the audience roared a hearty greeting and couples began dancing in the aisles, with some of the more venturesome even going up on the stage.
• • As a precautionary measure doors were scheduled to open a half hour earlier during the band’s engagement there.
• • Source: Article written by A.N.P. for the Indianapolis Recorder; published on Saturday, 5 February 1938.  
• • On Sunday, 5 February 1933 in New York World Herald • •
• • In an interview with New York World Herald in their Sunday issue, on 5 February 1933, Mae West boasted about discovering Cary Grant and getting him the role of Captain Cummings for her motion picture.
• • On Monday, 5 February 1934 in Scandinavia • •
• • "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West made its debut in Denmark on 5 February 1934.
• • On Saturday, 5 February 1949 on Broadway • •
• • Mae West fused herself to the persona of "Diamond Lil" like no other character she had ever played.
• • In the month of February, a Broadway revival of "Diamond Lil" opened at the Coronet Theatre [show dates: 5 February 1949 — 26 February 1949].  
• • However, this hugely successful revival was interrupted, alas, after a few weeks. Mae West broke her ankle on February 26, causing performances to halt after she slipped on a rug in her midtown Manhattan hotel room.  Ouch!
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, in her own words, is an American legend and institution, one of our living classics.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I've always been aware of sex, and it's always been aware of me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Columnist Mike Connolly mentioned Mae West.
• • Prentice-Hall handed Mae West one of the biggest advance royalties in publishing history for her autobiography, "The Queen of Sex."  [Obviously, the title was changed along the way to the printer.]
• • Source:  Gossip column item in Desert Sun; published on Wednesday, 5 February 1958
• • 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 3371st 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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