Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mae West: Out of Romance

MAE WEST took credit for the script and dialogue of "Go West, Young Man" even though it was based on a well-regarded Broadway play by Lawrence Riley.  That is one more proof of the power the blonde bombshell had at Paramount Pictures at the height of her career.
• • Mae West is in “Go West. Young Man” at the Lincoln and at the Orpheum • •
• • The legit show “Personal Appearance,” done “right” by Mae West, comes to the movies as “Go West, Young Man.”
• • Those who may have witnessed the stage play, either by the New York City's Broadway cast or by the University Players, or have read the book on “Personal Appearance” need not back up from Mae’s version.  It’s well known that Mae uses her own gags and has the rawest wit of the screen. She can strip all the other wise-crackers of their glory and dwindle them to pint size in a very few minutes of verbal sparring and hip rhythm.
• • General trend of the story is the same. 
• • Mavis Arden is a movie star out on a string of personal appearances and is accompanied by Warren William, her press agent, whose assignment as defined by her husband [sic], head of the picture company for which she works, is to keep her out of romance with the boys along the way. Randolph Scott is a roadside filling station operator and inventor of a motion picture gadget. Lyle Talbot is a candidate for political office who sees his chances go haywire after a string of headlines proclaims his love-nesting with a married [sic] and screen famous woman. New event in the story Is a phony kidnapping finish which builds up to a gag ending — — the likes of which Mae is past mistress of manipulation.
• • Isabel Jewell, Alice Brady, Margaret Perry, a newcomer, and Elizabeth Patterson are strong in their portions.
• • Lawrence Riley [1896 — 29 November 1974] wrote the original.  But the credits say screen play and dialogue is by Mae West.
• • Source:  Article in The Lincoln Star (Lincoln, Nebraska);  published on Sunday, 6 December 1936.
• • On Sunday, 26 May 1889 • •
• • Another wedding in the Jacob Delker family; Delker was Mae's maternal grandfather.  Matilda West's brother Carl Delker married Miss Mathilde Misdorn on Sunday, 26 May 1889.
• • Earlier that year Miss Matilda Delker had wed John West in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Saturday, 19 January 1889.
• • On Saturday, 26 May 1934 • •
• • A week-long series, titled "Roads of Romance" by Harry Lee and Winfield Meggs (illustrated with charming pen and ink drawings of Mae on page 31), was printed in The Winnipeg Evening Tribune on  Saturday, 26 May 1934 (and 5 other dates).
• • On Wednesday, 26 May 1999 • •
• • Wednesday, 26 May 1999, TV viewers and Mae mavens were able to watch  Intimate Portrait, Season 5, Episode 28: "Mae West." This was the original air date and it was shown on LIFE.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Asked if she liked clothing by Christian Dior, Mae West told a fashion reporter, "I think Dior looks good on Dior."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Without diamonds, honey, I'd feel undressed."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Cinema Retro Magazine discussed the film career of Mae West.
• • Don R. Stradley looks at "Sextette," the cinematic swan song of the legendary Mae West
• • Source:  Article in Issue # 26 of Cinema Retro; published in May 2013
• • 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 eleven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3450th 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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