Monday, June 06, 2016

Mae West: Better Results

The Hollywood Staff of The Pittsburgh Press interviewed MAE WEST in 1934. Her comments may surprise you.
• • Mae West has become known as Hollywood's one-woman production staff, but she would be happier if her screen career could be confined to acting, she claims. A great deal has been written about Mae writing all her stories and dialogue, assisting in rehearsing other players in their routines, giving suggestions on camera set-ups, and lending a hand in the cutting of her films — — all besides playing the starring role. 
• • And all the things which are said are true but the "come up an' see me sometime" blonde wishes they weren't.
• • "I would much rather turn all the work except my own acting over to others," she said the other day, just after the last scene of her new picture was finished. "But this will never happen.  I've learned I get much better results by doing things myself. I have studied myself for a number of years and I know exactly what I can do best. It would be unfair to expect that of others. For instance, before a writer could do either a story or write dialog for me, he would have to spend several months studying me so that he would know absolutely everything about me." 
• • Source:  "News and Gossip of the Studios" written by The Press Hollywood Staff for The Pittsburgh Press; published on Tuesday, 29 May 1934.
• • On Wednesday, 6 June 1934 • •
• • Hollywood's harpy Joe Breen sent another memo (dated 6 June 1934) about changes that must be made to the upcoming Mae West film, still titled "It Ain't No Sin."
• • On Sunday, 6 June 1976 in the U.K. • •
• • In Britain the Sunday Times did an article that quoted Stanley Musgrove, who was serving as Mae's deputy for the film project "Sextette," and communicating with the young producers Dan Briggs and Robert Sullivan.  The feature was printed on Sunday, June 6, 1976.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is torn between two loves. Her latest picture finished, she is undecided whether to vacation in Honolulu or to go to New York for the Baer—Carnera fight.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him."  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A film site mentioned Mae West.
• • While New York City’s mayor is on a trip to Havana, acting mayor Joseph V. (“Holy Joe”) McKee raids three Broadway shows and closes them for obscenity. The prime target of this is Mae West‘s "Sex," then in its 44th week of playing. The play, written by West, tells the story of a prostitute who falls in love with a rich boy and how his family reacts.  By the end of the play, West’s character is neither redeemed nor punished.  . . .
• • Source: Item from Pre-Code Hollywood; posted on n/a
• • 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 3457th 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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