Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mae West: Belle of Broadway

MAE WEST and Harry Richman were booked at the Palace in New York City, which was the pinnacle for a variety act in 1922. Let's see what The New York Clipper had to say on 12 July 1922 about "The Belle of Broadway."
• • In Bits of Musical Comedy, Mae West and Harry Richman at the piano, may be credited with sharing the hit honors of the first half with Lou Tellegen.  The Belle of Broadway did three numbers, two of which at least she has been seen in for some time. She opened with a vamp song, a sort of philosophic number, and followed with her best hit, that of the temperamental French prima donna, which she does in her own particular style. Her closing song, of which there were several versions, put the finishing touches on the offering, which won all the way. Miss West has presented a number of acts in vaudeville. This one is by far the best.
• • Item in "Vaudeville Reviews" for New York Clipper; published on Wednesday, 12 July 1922.
• • On Thursday, 12 July 1934 • •
• • The Hollywood Reporter printed an article about Mae West's upcoming project. "New Orleans Kicks on Mae West's 'Belle'" was printed on the front page in the issue dated for Thursday, 12 July 1934.
• • On Monday, 12 July 1937 • •
• • On Monday, 12 July 1937, syndicated columnist  Louella Parsons wrote:  How Hollywood did buzz today when it was whispered that Mae West was booked for a concert tour and would sing and do an act similar to the Harry Lauder sketches.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Stanley Price will be working with Mae West in "Goin' to Town" [1935].
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I give 'em what they want to see."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Knight-Ridder Newspapers mentioned Mae West.
• • "Becoming Mae West" by Emily Wortis Leider Farrar Straus and Giroux, 431 pages, $30
• • In 1997, book reviewer Maria Braden wrote: "I like restraint," Mae West once quipped, "if it doesn't go too far." That's one of West's more memorable lines, though restraint is hardly the word to describe the flamboyant entertainer. By the mid-1930s, Mae West had become the highest paid woman in the United States, and her name was synonymous with unabashed sexuality. She was a tough-talking dame who sheathed her voluptuous body in tight-fitting gowns and purred her famous one-liners.  . . .
• • Source: Book Review written for the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain; published on Thursday, 7  August 1997 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past twelve 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 twelve years ago in July 2004.
You are reading the 3484th 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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