Friday, December 09, 2016

Mae West: 3 Men at Once

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 #7 in several installments.  This is Chapter 7, excerpt e-e.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner, United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • Three Men in my Picture Life • • 
• • When I started production of "The Belle of the Nineties" the story went out that I would have three men in my picture life — — Roger Pryor, John Mack Brown and John Miljan. My mall immediately reflected this announcement, letters coming from all over the world asking me how the writers could handle three men at once.
• • Keep 'em Apart • •
• • It's just like having two dates on the same night — — okay if you can keep 'em apart.
• • My mail laughs are many. Here's one from a university man: "One of our professors here at Yale, where your honored writer is a senior, has advised every one in his classes to attend your movies. Another very honorable and austere gentleman, who happens to be one of the  world's best known philosophers, was describing some very deep and abstract philosophical problem in class the other day."
• • "And after he had finished, this little bewhiskered gentleman exclaims:  'Do I make myself, as Mae West says, clear'?"
• • This has been the finale of Chapter 7 of "Me and My Past."  There are 8 parts in all.
• • NOTE:  The last section, the 8th chapter of Mae West's life story, will follow soon.
• • On Wednesday, 9 December 1936 • •
• • The Evening News printed an article about the legal proceedings between Mae West and her former husband Frank Wallace on 9 December 1936.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West announced she was working on her autobiography "Queen of Sex."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "If your man's dynamite to you, it's up to you to be his match."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British publication mentioned Mae West.
• • A series of comedy films with the great laughter-makers
• • Tonight: MAE WEST, W. C. FIELDS in "My Little Chickadee" with Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran
• • Original screenplay by MAE WEST and W. C. FIELDS
• • Produced by Lester Cowan;  Directed by Edward Cline
• • Mae West and W. C. Fields, cherished as one of the outstanding screen combinations of all time, blend their colourful personalities in this riotous comedy of American frontier days.
W. C. Fields wrote many of his own scripts under such pen-names as Mahatma Kane Jeeves and Otis Criblecoblis, although, in deference to his co-star, tonight's film bears the real names of its joint authors. It is, however, reputed that they made the film up as they went along.  . . .
• • Source: Item in BBC One London, Issue 2352; published on Thursday, 5 December 1968
• • 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 3592nd 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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