Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mae West: Murderously Droll

Pack sunscreen, a beach towel, and a MAE WEST paperback for maximum mid-June enjoyment. Several years ago, I managed to get a copy of George Baxt's enjoyable novel: "The Mae West Murder Case." It was a delicious romp.
• • Here is a general plot summary that a few book sites had posted.
• • The year is 1936, and Mae West has all of Hollywood wrapped around her little finger: a place many a man would kill to be. The legendary screen siren has, however, one critic — — one with deadly fangs in place of a poison pen — — who is knocking off Mae West impersonators along his way to the real thing. But if there's one thing Mae West knows, it's that no no-account vampire is going to upstage Tinseltown's most celebrated vamp.
• • Brought back larger than life as only George Baxt can do it, Mae herself takes charge of the investigation in an adventure brimming with her doubles and her double entendres. This time she's hoping he won't have a gun in his pocket, and that he won't be glad to see her.
• •Armed with glamour, gossip, and curves of every kind, Mae leaps headlong into a web of blackmail and corruption without so much as a trace of fear.
• • Says Mae West: "You don't know danger until you've faced the New York critics on an opening night." And when a Hallowe'en party at one of Hollywood's spookiest, seamiest clubs brings hunter and hunted together, it's no longer clear who is after whom. What is clear, however, is that once Mae West gets in on the act, no sucker is safe.
• • On Saturday, 15 June 1935 • •
• • It was on  Saturday, 15 June 1935 that Mae West made headlines in The Hutchinson News [Hutchinson, Kansas].  Here's the story:  A controversy developed over Hollywood starlet Mae West's sometimes marriages. Her latest film "Goin' to Town" at the air-conditioned Fox Theatre, featured West as a married woman taking two husbands and the third — — who had met an untimely demise — — all to get her clutches on the one she actually wanted.
• • On Friday, 15 June 1951 in New York, NY • •
• • According to the pre-trial coverage, Sarah Allen had appeared in the cast of "Diamond Lil" during its 1949 tour.  She then developed her own act impersonating Mae who, at first, was so charmed that she gave the younger woman permission to include the number "Come Up and See Me Sometime." But after Miss Allen "wowed them in Bayonne, NJ with a stand-out performance," Mae's admiration cooled.
• • Taking her beef to the New York Supreme Court, and claiming she was slandered, Sarah Allen slapped a million dollar suit against the screen queen.
• • On Friday, 15 June 1951 there was an examination before trial in Manhattan. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is the only person I ever saw who could decline to answer a question without loss of poise or some defensive bristling.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "To-day, the people of the world have become brutal and cruel and given themselves up to destruction, murder and violence.” [from a letter written to the Jewish Home for the Aged in August 1940 with a donation]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book review site mentioned Mae West.
• • Mary Ward Menke wrote:  Reflecting the moral standards of the day, Louella Parsons also helped damage the careers of Mae West (for her overt sexuality), Charlie Chaplin (for leaning too far to the left), and Ingrid Bergman (for becoming pregnant with director Roberto Rossellini's child while married to another man).  . .  .
• • Source: Item from January Magazine; posted in May 2006
• • 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 3464th 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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• • Mae West • postcard in 1949

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