Friday, March 18, 2016

Mae West: Very First

MAE WEST made an appearance on Mark Burger's Video Vault.
• • Mark Burger wrote: "When Bette Met Mae" (Indie Rights/ MVD Entertainment Group): Wes Wheadon's weird but interesting documentary (of sorts) is taken from a recording he made in 1973 of the very first meeting between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Mae West, played in re-enactments by Karen Teliha and Victoria Mills, respectively. Nostalgia buffs will enjoy it more than mainstream documentary devotees, but it's certainly a different approach.
• • [Note: We did not include Mark's rating.]
• • Source:  Mark Burger's Video Vault; posted on Thursday, 10 March 2016.
• • On Wednesday, 18 March 1936 • •
• • Variety reviewed "Klondike Annie," calling the motion picture "chic" and starting the critique on the front page.  But the stern-faced man-on-the-aisle objected to several elements therein. "Miss West is handicapped by having to wear rather dowdy dresses in about half the footage. In other portions she struts fine feathers and wears a set of furs that will make the women gasp," he commented on page 17. Variety Magazine's issue was dated for Wednesday, 18 March 1936.
• • On Saturday, 18 March 1939 in Brooklyn • •
• • "Mae West Heads New Show at Fox Stage, Screen" • •
• • Herbert Corn wrote: Last night  was the original, the vivacious, glamorous and curvaceous Mae West, whose hip-swinging drew a standing line to the Fox Brooklyn Theatre at 9 A.M. yesterday to wait an hour and a half for the doors to open. It was the Mae West of "come up see me sometime" days that they came here to applaud. It was the legendary Mae West, who cautions you gals that "it ain't the men in your life that count — — it's the life in your men." Catherine the Great was nowhere in sight. She wasn't even mentioned.  No one even thought of her.
• • Herbert Corn continued:  The original Mae West, with six chorus boys as her foils and Milton Watson to assist her In a romantic skit, clicked at the Fox. What she does is even older. But Flatbush Avenue, both downtown and uptown, were there to greet her. The crowds at the Brooklyn Fox reflected not only their fascination with La West but also how she says it and the way she does it, ...
• • Source: Article in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle; published on Saturday, 18 March 1939.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Circus Time at The Chi Chi was Sunday night when almost everybody in show business dropped in at the club's Starlite Room to watch Mae West go into her new act.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Nudity is art not sex."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A London paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Illtyd Harrington wrote: Mae West, the high priestess of the subject, wrote a play a long time ago called Sex. The city fathers were outraged, banned it, and threw Miss West into the nearest jailhouse.
• • Illtyd Harrington wrote:  The writer, philosopher and politician Arthur Koestler kept a diary listing 200 to 300 women whom he had taken to bed. At one time he was conducting five contemporaneous affairs — — only three were within matrimony.  But unlike Miss West he went to jail and was sentenced to death for his political activities. Koestler was a sado­masochist in his sexual life.  . . .
• • Source:  Article for; published on Thursday, 18 March 2010 
• • 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 3401st 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

Source: to Google

• • Photo:
• • Mae West • holding a floral fabric

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