Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mae West: Forty-Six Million

In September 1934, MAE WEST sat down for a series of "Me and My Past" talks with the United Press syndicated reporter Leicester Wagner.  We will post excerpts from Chapter #1 in several installments.  This is excerpt ddd.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • I have been a show-woman • • 
• • I have been a show-woman long enough to know the angles including the one at the box office.
• • Which is just another way of saying that I have made a study of audiences, of the public, and of what is entertaining.   People don't go to theaters to be instructed. They don't go to be shocked and they don't go to be offended.
• • I have stuck by my rule not to write anything into one of my stories, and not to enact  any scene, with the intention of offending anyone.
• • That I evidently haven't done anyone wrong is revealed in the latest check-up that Paramount has made on my pictures.
• • It's only natural  that people should wonder sometimes, what influence Hollywood has had! 
• • Forty-six million people • •   . . .
• • This has been excerpt ddd. Tomorrow's post will be eee — —  the continuation and the conclusion of Chapter #1.
• • NOTE: This is the 1st chapter of Mae West's life story as told to Leicester Wagner, United Press.  This syndicated series was reprinted in American newspapers during September 1934.
• • On Saturday, 27 October 1934 • •
• • Picture-goer, Britain's publication for film fans, discussed costumes designed for Mae West for her latest movie "Belle of the Nineties" in an issue dated Saturday, 27 October 1934.
• • On Sunday, 27 October 1935 • •
• • Which actresses would be most popular in 1936?  The L.A. Times weighed in on the merits of Mae West, Katharine Hepburn, and Jean Harlow in a column printed on Sunday, 27 October 1935.
• • On 27 October 2009 in The New York Observer • •
• • "Mae West Wrote Plays; Pity We Can Only Read Them" was the title of an intriguing book review written by Rick Whitaker, which was published on 27 October 1997 in the peach-colored newspaper The New York Observer
• • The title under discussion was this: "Three Plays by Mae West: 'Sex,' 'The Drag' and 'The Pleasure Man'," edited by Lillian Schlissel [Routledge, 246 pages]. This is a good book to own, however, it is a very cheap binding and you may need to buy two copies.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Pam Lawrence is in Mae West's "Diamond Lil" at the Plymouth, New York.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "They're all nice boys and girls out here in Hollywood. They mean well; they fall in love; they get married."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Massachusetts paper mentioned Mae West.
• • At Central Square Theatre • •
• • Mae West in “Belle of the Nineties,” which opens Saturday for the entire week, has returned to the giddy nineties, hour-glass costumes, swirling hats, and ostrich plumes for her setting.  In the principal male roles are Roger Pryor, New York stage star, John Mack Brown and John Miljan, who acts the “tall, dark” menace. Duke Ellington and his sensational orchestra furnish a tantalizing musical background.  . . .
• • Source: Item  in Cambridge Sentinel; published on Saturday, 27 October 1934
• • 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 3561st 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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