Friday, July 08, 2016

Mae West: Gay and Hectic

On Monday, 8 July 1935, the Hoosier fans of MAE WEST were delighted to read this.
• • As a girl who knows what she wants and thrives on opposition, the new and modem Mae West returns to the screen in “Goin’ to Town," current attraction at the Voncastle Theater. The blonde star’s new vehicle  tops ail her previous efforts for comedy, romance, intrigue and vocal efforts.
• • Glitteringly arrayed in the styles of 1935, Mae West plays a cattle baron's widow with money to burn and warm affections. And to get a man, she transports herself from a small mid-western town to Buenos Aires and Southampton, and through a series of gay and hectic adventures.  Paul Cavanagh has the leading male role.
• • Source: Item in The Daily Banner (Greencastle, Indiana); published on Monday, 8 July 1935.
• • On Sunday, 8 July 1928 in the Journal American • •
• • A reporter from the Journal American visited Mae West backstage after a performance of "Diamond Lil." He wrote a lengthy account of Mae West's formula for writing a play: "hire a room in a hotel, lock yourself in and go to work for as many hours as you can stand the pace. Then you grab a little sleep, get up and resuscitate yourself with a few tons of cold water and start all over again.  And so on until ...."  
• • The Journal American published this long article in their hefty weekend edition dated for Sunday, 8 July 1928.
• • On Monday,  8 July 1946 • •
• • Mae West's wisecracks delighted the critic for the Chicago Herald-American Copeland C. Burg.
• • On Monday, 8 July 1946, writing about her sense of humor in the play "Come On Up," Burg observed:  "We never knew how vulgar we were until we saw Mae West in this new play.  Laughing with Miss West may be vulgar, yet it is honest vulgarity, and there's nothing wrong with that."
• • In 1947, when Jim Timony realized that "Come On Up" would not go to Broadway (as they hoped), he began to make plans for a European tour for Mae West, who would reprise her role as Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery for her fans overseas.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West has returned.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "My life hasn't been any bed of roses. I never felt anything like secure until just recently. I've never felt free to get married."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Toronto, Canada event site mentioned a Mae West movie.
• • "Myra Breckinridge" Post-Pride TP special on Friday, 8 July 2016 at 8:30pm in Toronto.
• • Cinecycle is located at 129 Spadina, down the alley south of Richmond.  Don't miss your chance to talk back to this never-released-on-video screen legend. . .
• • Source: Item in Evensi; posted in July 2016 
• • Image: Mae West in costume for her role as the horny talent agent Leticia Van Allen, 1970
• • 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.
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1 comment:

  1. For readers who may not be aware, the young man with the blond hair sitting down beside Mae West is her nephew, John West. Sitting next to him the fellow with the dark hair, white shirt and vest is Robert Duran, Mae's assistant at the time. Both fellows got paid full extra pay rates for their day's work.