Monday, October 17, 2016

Mae West: Hearty Feud

In 1934, a funny but improbable story was printed about MAE WEST and her good friend George Raft in The New Movie Magazine.
• • Hollywood loves a good, hearty feud and was anticipating with much enthusiasm the opportunity of seeing George Raft and Mae West crowding each other in the close-ups of "It Ain't No Sin."
• • George was eager to play opposite the voluptuous star feeling, not with- out reason, that he could hold his own.  "No matter how small my part is," George insisted, "I'm going to play it if I can write one line of dialogue into the script."
• • The proposition, so the story goes, was submitted to Miss West, who promptly vetoed it and George was re- placed in the picture by Roger Pryor.
• • The line of dialogue George wanted to say to Miss West was: "You can be had."
• • Source: Item in The New Movie Magazine; issue dated for July 1934.
• • On Saturday, 17 October 1931 • •
• • Since Mae West's drama "The Constant Sinner" was set in and around West 125th Street, the Pittsburgh Courier (a black weekly newspaper) was keeping tabs on this production.  On Saturday, 17 October 1931, Floyd G. Snelson wrote this article:  "Mae West Employs 30 Race Artists In Her Latest Production."
• • On Tuesday, 17 October 1933 • •
• • A review of the latest Mae West motion picture was published by Variety in their issue dated for Tuesday, 17 October 1933. Movie critic Land wrote: "I'm No Angel" is going to help redistribute a nice chunk of the nation's coin.
• • On Thursday, 17 October 1968 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Mae West had plans for a cinema version of the stage play "Sextet" back in 1968.
• • Writing for The New York Times, Motion Picture Editor A.H. Weiler announced on Thursday, 17 October 1968: Mae West, who has not appeared in movies for a quarter of a century, will return to the screen early next year in a film version of her play — — "Sextet" — — in which she starred in Florida in 1961.
• • On Friday, 17 October 2008 in NYC • •
• • A Staged Reading of "Courting Mae West" was held on Friday, 17 October 2008 starting at 5:45 PM on West 43rd Street and Broadway.  Yvonne Sayers played the title role.  Were you there? 
• • On Thursday, 20 October 2016 • •
• • Save the date for an hour with Mae West in Long Island. • •
• • It's Showtime! Mae West: Too Much of a Good Thing Could be Wonderful.  • •
• • Join theatre historian  John Kenrick as he traces the life and career of Brooklyn born bombshell, Mae West. From her early days in vaudeville to Hollywood’s silver screen, she shocked censors and delighted audiences with her bawdy humor and trademark double entendres. Learn all about this multi-talented entertainer and her accomplishments as an actress, singer, comedian, playwright, and screenwriter.  This is a FREE event.
• • From 2 —  3:15 pm this Thursday, October 20th.
• • Here: Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Avenue, Oceanside, NY  11572; T.  516-766-2360 x325  
• • Tell them you heard about it on The Mae West Blog.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Starring Mae West, with Lynne Overman, Elizabeth Patterson. "Personal Appearance" is more than just another Mae West picture.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I don't worry that people talk. The time to worry is when they stop talking about you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Columbia University students mentioned Mae West.
• • Specifications for the ideal woman, criss-cross: "Blonde with blue eyes with thisa and thata; Mae West type; all-round American- girl; the curves of Mae West; the manner of Greta Garbo; the brains of Cleopatra; easy to love; an intelligent housewife who is easy to look at; a good, intelligent woman who doesn't smoke or drink; green eyes and a 48-inch bust; blonde, blue eyes, preferably of Deutsch ancestry; non-peroxide job; must be able to take it; not too proud; a good dancer; intelligent like Elissa Landi; tall, dark, beautiful figure, and character; plenty of money."  . . .
• • Source:  Results of a campus poll printed in Columbia Daily Spectator; published on Wednesday, 17 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.
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