Friday, August 26, 2016

Mae West: Hussey Hustling

MAE WEST received some attention from The Los Angeles Times entertainment columnist Susan King, guardian of the Golden Age of Hollywood galaxy.
• • "Classic Hollywood: Maureen O'Hara, Joan Crawford and Mae West" • •
• • Come up and see me sometime! • •
• • Susan King wrote this: Sunday marks the 35th anniversary of the death of Mae West, the shapely platinum blond who brought her risqué sense of humor to the stage and movies. She excelled during the pre-Hollywood Production Code area of the early 1930s when her unabashed sexuality made her one of biggest box-office draws of the era, thanks to 1933’s “She Done Him Wrong,” which earned a best-picture Oscar nomination, and “I’m No Angel.” Both films also starred a young Cary Grant.
• • Susan King observed: But her career suffered when the code cracked down on sexuality in films. West made one more classic, 1940’s “My Little Chickadee” with W.C. Fields. Here is the L.A. Times obituary of West as it appeared on Nov. 23, 1980.  ...
• • Source: Excerpted from an article by Susan King for The Los Angeles Times; published on Friday, 20 November 2015.
• • On Friday, 26 August 1921 • •
• • "The Mimic World 1921" opened on 17 August 1921 and Jimmy Hussey's close friend, Jack Dempsey (another Irish-American) attended the premiere, and visited Mae West backstage after the show.
• • Clearly with Mae's approval and cooperation, Hussey penned the skit "The Trial of Shimmy Mae." Hussey himself played the judge as Mae demonstrated the shimmy in his topsy-turvy courtroom.
• • Variety tartly commented on 26 August 1921: "In a tent it would have been a riot."
• • On Thursday, 26 August 1954 • •
• • According to vintage newspaper ads, the roving "Mae West Revue" opened their performance schedule in Reno, Nevada starting on Thursday, 26 August 1954. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In his modest role as an 1890s bartender, James C. Morton had appeared with Mae in "Every Day's a Holiday" [released in the USA on 18 December 1937].
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Indiana paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Especially appealing was the wedding party dresses especially Stacy Yvonne Jackson’s attire. She wore a well-fitted sleeveless “Mae West” style gown. The upper under-dress, made of silk-woven taffeta, had a chiffon overlay with embroidered leaves and exquisite pearl designs. . . .
• • Source: Item in Indianapolis Recorder; published on Saturday, 25 August 1984
• • 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 3,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started twelve years ago in July 2004.
You are reading the 3517th 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 • in "Whirl of the Town," 1921

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