Friday, September 16, 2016

Mae West: Screen Sweethearts

In September 1934, an article on MAE WEST appeared in many major newspapers. It was designed to promote her latest motion picture.
• • "Mae West as Queen of Burlesque" • •
• • "Belle of the Nineties" (formerly titled "It Ain't No Sin") the third of the Mae West starring pictures to come from Paramount, opens Tuesday at the Rialto Theater. The new film shows the blonde siren again in a setting of the Gay Nineties, which was the period of her first picture, "She Done Him Wrong."
• • Surrounded bv three screen sweethearts, Johnny Mack Brown, Roger Pryor and John Miljan. together with Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Katherine DeMille, Warren Hymer and Stuart Holmes, Mae West essays the role of the country's most sensational burlesque queen of the period.
• • Leo McCarey directed the picture from an original story and screenplay written by Mae West.
• • Source: The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky); published on Monday, 10 September 1934.
• • On Saturday, 16 September 1911 • •
• • Variety reviewed the cabaret show (issue dated for Saturday, 16 September 1911) while "A la Broadway" was still in rehearsal.  Choreographer Ned Wayburn got Mae West, who studied dance with him, into the cast.
• • On Monday, 16 September 1928 • •
• • Mae West's play "Pleasure Man" opened on a Monday evening on 16 September 1928 at the Bronx Opera House in New York City.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• •  Harold Hecht, dance director of the stage and screen, has been signed by Paramount to stage the dances for Mae West's starring picture, "Ruby Red."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'm a woman. I have a screen personality which is distinctive, which conflicts with no one and which audiences throughout the world seem to want more of."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Pennsylvania paper mentioned Mae West in 1929.
• • "Mae West's Show Closed Down in Detroit" • •
• • Detroit, June 5 (CP) — — After receiving a police report which condemned as 'silly and stupid" the play "The Constant Sinner," now being shown at the Shubert — Detroit Theatre, starring the author,  Mae West, the city authorities today gave the management until Monday to close the Detroit showing of the production. This decision was reached after a conference between Mayor John C. Lodge, Nathaniel H. Goldstick, corporation counsel, and James Shrott, superintendent of police.  ...
• • Source: Item in Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania); published on Thursday, 6 June 1929
• • Note: Mae West's alternate title for this project (set in the Harlem section of New York City) was "Babe Gordon" and here is a cover of her book. The Caucasian heroine, 18-year-old Babe, was "a prize-fighter's tart."
• • 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.
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