Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mae West: Kiss on the Lips

Hand kissing, said MAE WEST, goes all right with evening clothes but, aside from that, she wants no part of it. Taking his cue from the Brooklyn bombshell, a Malaysian columnist devoted a few inches of ink to the question of kissing customs.
• • Dear Reader, the burden of this week's theme will be Mae West. But why Mae West? you may ask. To which the Topicist snaps back, "Why not?" Mae is the most intriguing "poisonality" on the screen.  If she did not exist, it would be necessary to invent her.  . . .
• • The Topicist is not going to invent anything. In her latest picture, "Goin' to Town," the male star has to kiss her hand. This draws an observation from Mae West on the ancient practice.
• • "It's a nice custom, and a nice gesture, when they're both dressed formally," explained Mae West. "But I can't picture a man kissing a woman's hand when she's in street clothes or a bathing suit. Besides it starts a man off on the wrong foot with a woman. I will take a good old-fashioned kiss on the lips any time."
• • Source: Item from The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser; published on   Saturday,  22 June 1935.
• • On Saturday, 22 June 1935 in England • •
• • The British film magazine Picturegoer, issue dated for 22 June 1935, offered an article "Previews of the Latest Films" and the first motion picture preview was "Goin’ to Town" starring Mae West.
• • On Tuesday, 22 June 1982 in Los Angeles • •
• • Mae West's name was in the news again on Tuesday, 22 June 1982 when her former partner Paul Novak sued to have her Will overturned.  The case was listed as Charles Krauser v. Estate of Mae West, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles on Tuesday, 22 June 1982.
• • On Tuesday, 22 June 2010 • •
• • It was on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 when it was announced "Espace Dali Lends Mae West Sofa to the Pompidou Centre in Paris."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The irrepressible Mae West told us why love can't stand the gaff in Hollywood and why she'll take her romance elsewhere.  Bad, bad news for film-land gigolos!
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The popularity of Mae West will continue just as long as Mae West wants it to.  I never let anything stop me, once I set my heart on it. I've never had a wishbone where my backbone should be."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A trade magazine mentioned Mae West and Mike Todd.
• • Mike Todd has penciled in "Catherine Was Great," the Mae West opus for late June.
• • Source: Item in Billboard Magazine; published on Saturday, 3 June 1944 
• • 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 3469th 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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  1. "I've never had a wishbone where my backbone should be." Now that is a Mae West quote that I might have painted over my bed! That is fantastic!

  2. The reason this quote caught my eye is that, when I wrote "COURTING MAE WEST" in 2003, I had given MAE a very similar line in ACT 1, Scene 2. She uses the line when she is arguing with her married sister BEVERLY, who is drunk and keeps saying, "I wish . . ."
    In this clip, you can hear MAE say it.