Monday, October 10, 2016

Mae West: Real Men

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 5 in several installments.  This is aa.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • Mae West said, "Hollywood needs more men."
• • There are some here, of course, but here's always room for real men — — especially In pictures.
• • I mean men with sex appeal, which to me is a primary factor In any man's screen success. Or woman's. And Elinor Glyn beat me to that one. 
• • When I looked around for a leading man for "The Belle of the Nineties," I Interviewed most of the eligibles in Hollywood. I found one with the spark that can't be put In words. He is Roger Pryor, possessor of not only that something which makes a man appealing to  women, but more than that — — acting ability.  There are others here with the spark, too, but it is seldom they can do more than walk through scenes and merely repeat dialogue.
• • There is what amounts to a fable in Hollywood that my leading men fall in love with me. After all, they are human, but that story Is exaggerated. Cary Grant, my "tall, dark and handsome"  . . .
• • NOTE: This is the 5th 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.
• • This has been excerpt aa. Look for excerpt bb tomorrow.
• • On Monday, 10 October 1932 • •
• • On Monday, 10 October 1932 readers of The L.A. Times noticed this peculiar headline and sub-head: "Gem Missing — — Monkey Has It!  Mae West's Pet Chews on Diamond."
• • "What's that monkey eating?" the security guard asks in the article.
• • "Whee, he's got the diamond," screams Mae West.  "But don't get excited.  If he swallows it, I'll buy it."  . . .
• • On Tuesday, 10 October 1933 • •
• • Many articles appeared in the trade magazine Variety testifying to the run-away screen success "I'm No Angel" had become, thanks to Mae West.  "'Angel' Forces Open a Second House for Day-and-Date Run" was printed in Variety on Tuesday, 10 October 1933.
• • On Wednesday, 10 October 1934 • •
• • William Troy reviewed "Belle of the Nineties" for The Nation, who ran it in their issue dated for Wednesday, 10 October 1934.
• • On Friday, 10 October 1969 • •
• • The lengthy article "Mae West Draws Support From Young as Well as Old" was written by Rick Du Brow and syndicated to many newspapers.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, announcing that she would shortly appear on television, said: "It will keep dad home at least once a week."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'm a city gal, and I like rackets — and I don't mean what you think."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Singapore in 1964 discussed Mae West.
• • UPI wrote: Hollywood, Friday — Actress Mae West, 72, who was discharged from Cedars of Lebanon Hospital last Wednesday after treatment for exhaustion, is back in hospital. A hospital spokesman said she returned yesterday for observation of the same illness. Her condition was listed as good. ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Back in Hospital" written by UPI and rpt by The Straits Times; published on Saturday, 10 October 1964
• • 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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