Monday, November 14, 2016

Mae West: Two Wrongs

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 have posted excerpts from Chapter #3 in several installments.  This is Chapter 3, excerpt f-f, the conclusion of this section.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • When she toddled into that theater • •
• • Hollywood — — or the rest of the world, for that matter — — today would have a difficult time imagining Mae West as she appeared when she toddled into that theater. Or the parts I played there.
• • Can you imagine me hanging onto the coat tails of my stage father — —  "Ten Nights in a Barroom" — —  urging  "Father, dear Father come home with me now?"
• • Me — —  the woman who won't play mother parts, dumb parts or sad parts?
• • But I did, and it's plain later what influence those child roles had in bringing me to Hollywood where two wrongs make a riot. (Copyright, 1934 by The United Press)
• • (The fourth chapter of Miss West's life story will follow shortly).
• • This has been excerpt f-f,  the conclusion of Chapter #3.
• • NOTE: This is the 2nd 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 Monday, 14 November 1932 • •
• • Deliberately courting the disdain and despisal of Joe Breen, William LeBaron and Emanuel Cohen were daring enough to try to rush a script into production by Monday, 14 November 1932.  "Ruby Red" was written by Mae West (assisted by John Bright). The Hays Office suspected a mutiny, however.
• • On Saturday, 14 November 1936 • •
• • Trade paper Motion Picture Herald reviewed the Mae West movie "Go West Young Man" in their issue dated for Saturday, 14 November 1936. Among their unkind remarks was this punch: "Incidentally, the fight with obesity seems to be getting her down." Ouch.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • When the Motion Picture Theater Owners of America held their convention in our fair city, Mae West talked to them over a phone from her sick bed, rather than disappoint the gentlemen.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "You see the speakeasy influence. Sit at a table, dearie, I always say. And don't forget your frills and ruffles and anything else that feminizes you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on brassieres mentioned Mae West.
• • His latest talking heads project is called "Bra Wars  —  Hollywood's Affair with the Bra. From Cleopatra to Princess Leia and Beyond.”   . . .  Examples include film clips from a variety of movies of Louise Brooks, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, Nicole Kidman and others, as well as through interviews with film directors, actors, artists and film historians.
• • Source: Article:  Presenting Hermann Vaske's "Bra Wars" which explores Hollywood's affair with the bra written by Michael Weinzettl; no date
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven 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 ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3573rd 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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