Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mae West: Never Satisfied

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 8, excerpt c-c.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner, United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • Each one has to be better • •
• • Personally, I believe my third picture, "The Belle of the Nineties," is better than my others. Each one has to be better, so far as I'm concerned.
• • For I'm never satisfied.
• • A few critics have made some point of my pictures being "Mae West pictures." Certainly they are Mae West pictures. People find a personality they like and they want to see that person.
• • The story is of primary importance in any picture, of course. But even with a real story, the star is what the public pays to see. Critics talk about stars being "types," or having "acts." 
• • Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and a few others can answer "yes" to that. And they have stayed while hundreds have fallen into oblivion.
• • Chaplin has sex appeal • •    . . .
• • NOTE: This is the 8th 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 c-c — — tomorrow's selection will be d-d.
• • On Tuesday, 14 December 1937 • •
• • Conservative Catholic Martin Quigley's hand-wringing article, "Radio Begs Trouble," found its way into Motion Picture Daily who ran it on page 10. The issue, centered around the controversial NBC Sunday evening broadcast starring Mae, was dated for Tuesday, 14 December 1937.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • You can almost hear Mae West saying, "You ain't no oil painting!" when you consider a casting agent's impression of the six-foot-one athlete Frank Moran.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I go to bed early. I meditate. I eat all the correct foods, I don't smoke or drink, and I believe with a passion in myself. You can only beat nature when you show the bitch who's boss!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on the turmoil that took place on Saturday, 12 December 1937 on radio mentioned Mae West.
• • Jeff Kallman wrote: Arch Oboler, making his name already as the brains that succeed and nearly transcend Wyllis Cooper in the latter’s creation, Lights Out, writes an otherwise silly sketch parodying the Garden of Eden, tailoring the portrayal of Eve specifically to stage and screen siren Mae West, with original host Don Ameche as Adam. ...
• • Source: Article: "Snake Drive: Old-time radio listening, 12 December" written by Jeff Kallman for The Examiner; published on Saturday, 12 December 2009 
• • 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 3595th
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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