Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mae West: Going Modern

On  Saturday, 18 May 1935, MAE WEST fans in Massachusetts read this enticing news.
• • Metropolitan Theatre • •
• • Stars of the screen, stage and radio are featured, starting Friday.
• • Mae West, in her new Paramount hit, “Goin’ to Town”; Olga Baclanova in person; “Hollywood Hooey,” a hilarious revue with Ernie Stanton and a big company of headliners, and the special engagement of Joaquin Garay, Hollywood’s newest singer, are the four big units.
• • Mae West drops her “gay nineties” cycle and goes modem as a gal of the wide open spaces who inherits a fortune and starts out to be a society lady on the money.  In a novel trip behind the scenes at Hollywood, Miss Baclanova is supported by Ernie Stanton, Smith, Fields and Smith, Townsend and Boles, George Freems, twelve gorgeous Hollywood beauties and the Elida Ballet.
• • Sevitzky and the Grand Orchestra — — excellent, as usual.
• • Source:  Cambridge Sentinel (Massachusetts); published on  Saturday, 18 May 1935.
• • On Saturday, 18 May 1912 in Variety • •
• • Frank Bohm bought a generous ad in Variety (issue dated for 18 May 1912) to help publicize his client Mae West as "The Scintillating Singing Comedienne, Late of Ziegfeld's Moulin Rouge." Billboard gave the vaudevillian's act a favorable review the following month.
• • On Thursday, 18 May 1933 in Camperdown Chronicle • •
• • Costume designer Travis Banton spoke about beauty standards in motion pictures and the measurements of Mae West, Claudette Colbert, and other top actresses. The Australian newspaper Camperdown Chronicle printed the article in a Thursday issue on 18 May 1933.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In February 1949, when Mae West walked out onstage as Diamond Lil during her triumphant return to Broadway [at the Coronet Theatre, 230 West 49th Street, NYC], it was the jeweler-to-the-stars Harry Winston who had supplied an Ali Baba's cave worth of glitter for this revival.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “They used to censor my dialogue in the old days.  Now I can hardly wait to come up with some good lines because there isn’t a censor anymore.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • 'Diamond Lil' Club Faces Mae West Suit • •
• • LOS ANGELES [U.P.I.] — Actress Mae West, armed with a court ruling that she is the one and only “Diamond Lil,” has filed a new suit to stop a performer and a Riverside night club from using the name. 
• • Miss West, 73, filed suit in Superior Court Tuesday against Marie Lind for billing herself as “Diamond Lil." The suit also named Jack Beauvill, who runs the night club named "Diamond Lil” in Riverside.
• • On Nov. 30, 1964 Miss Lind was permanently enjoined from using the name by Superior Court Judge Alfred Gitelson, who claimed the public would be confused into thinking she was Miss West.
• • In her latest suit, Miss West claimed that Miss Lind “continuously” disobeyed Judge Gitelson's order.  Miss Lind must appear before Superior Court Judge Ralph H. Nutter on June 10 on a contempt citation issued under the first injunction. Miss West, who became known as “Diamond Lil” in 1928, sought a permanent injunction against Miss Lind and Beauvill.  She also sought an accounting of all profits the defendants have received through use of the name “Diamond Lil.”
• • Source:  U.P.I. news rpt in Desert Sun; published on Wednesday, 18 May 1966 
• • 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 3,400 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3444th 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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