Friday, March 04, 2016

Mae West: Barbary Coast

On Wednesday,  4 March 1936, MAE WEST was welcomed again by her marvelous Madera, California fans. Let's see what they thought about her latest motion picture.
• • "Mae West Playing at Madera Thursday" • •
• • From the perfumed, silk cushioned boudoirs of a Barbary coast gambling-drive to the frozen reaches of the Arctic circle may seem like a far pump, but that grand gal, Mae West, does it easily, and as gracefully as ever, in "Klondike Annie,” her new film, showing Thursday and Friday at the Madera theatre.
• • And whether she’s draped in a clinging negligee or bundled up in a warm fur parka, the audience like her equally well! Too well, as a matter of tact, for in the howls that greeted, every one of her lines, the first words of her partners’ speeches were often lost.
• • La West plays the role of a San Francisco gambling-house hostess who escapes from the police to Alaska on a battered old boat belonging to Captain Bull Brackett (Victor McLaglen). Bull falls for her In a great big way, and urges her to marry him, but she stays on in the Klondike, adopting, to throw the police off her truck, the name and reputation of “Sister Annie,” an evangelist who has died on the way north.
• • Mae’s revival meetings are the talk of all Alaska — — torch songs, chorus numbers and everything that goes to make a swell song-and-dance production, and suddenly, “Sister Annie” realizes that the man with whom she's in love, Jack Forrest (Phillip Heed), a federal  agent who has been assigned to locate the missing gambling-house gal, is deeply in love with her!
• • “Sister Annie” wants to marry Jack, but just as she’s about to accept his proposal, she realizes that It would be unfair and she takes Bull’s offer. They’re so much better suited to each other — — both of them want a mate, who'll be a good sparring partner, and in this combination, they’ll both have what they need.
• • Source: Movie Review for Madera Tribune; published on Wednesday,  4 March 1936.
• • On Wednesday, 4 March 1936 • •
• • The flapdoodle over "Klondike Annie" was discussed in Variety's issue dated for Wednesday, 4 March 1936. Coverage appeared in Hollywood Citizen News on 4 March 1936 also.
• • Mae West felt that her earnings, which approximated Hearst's stupendous salary, made him envious. Perhaps Hearst reconsidered the lost ad revenue to his publications because he ended this embargo by the end of 1936.
• • On Friday, 4 March 1938 in Australia • •
• • The Mirror (in Perth, Australia) wrote: Mae West's characterisation of a motion picture star in "Go West Young Man," the hilarious comedy, which will be screening at the Grand Theatre, Friday next, March 4, strangely enough, is entirely unlike her own life as an outstanding film luminary.
• • On Monday, 4 March 1946 • •
• • In New York City on Monday, 4 March 1946, Mae West was seated with her manager Jim Timony, Nigel Bruce, Lee Shubert, the Broadway producer who represented the Select Operating Corporation (and had worked with Mae before), and a few other gentlemen.
• • These parties added their signatures to a Dramatic Production Contract, an agreement about the comedy entitled “Ring Twice Tonight” — — which Mae West was about to adapt into a more commercial play or a motion picture.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The New York Times reviewer described Mae's character Lady Lou as a woman "whose heart is bigger than her sense of decorum."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "Sex is like a small business.You gotta protect it, watch over it. It's a matter of timing."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Amazon book review discussed Mae West.
• • Damon Devine wrote: Tim Malachosky, despite popular belief, was not Mae West's "personal secretary for 10 years" and I have in my possession a SIGNED letter by him acknowledging this. It was considerably less time, not to mention that Mae West had several guys tending to her mail, setting up folding chairs for her guests, etc.  
• • Damon Devine added: The letter goes on to reveal that Tim Malachosky was selling copies of West's 'Mae West on Sex, Health and ESP' book mere WEEKS after her death in November 1980, at $10 a pop. 
• • Source: Excerpt from a Mae West book review written by Damon Devine; posted on Amazon on Wednesday, 4 March 2009
• • 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 3391st 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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