Friday, January 06, 2017

Mae West: Add Spice

A very long article about MAE WEST and her career in Tinseltown appeared five years ago.  It was written by Paul Phaneuf. Let's enjoy it together. This is Part 4.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Marlene Dietrich as the promiscuous Lola • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  And during those years Marlene Dietrich could be seen as the promiscuous Lola in The Blue Angel, Greta Garbo portrayed a prostitute in "Susan Lenox," and Jean Harlow and Clark Gable steamed up the screen in "Red Dust." Adding Mae West would, they hoped, bring more spice to the Paramount box office. As she told a reporter when she arrived, "I'm here to make talkies. I hope the film can take the temperature."
• • "She is to appear in 'Night After Night.' She will play a lady of no character." — — Los Angeles Times, 1932
• • Paramount producer William LeBaron, who had worked with Mae years earlier in the Broadway review "A La Broadway" and had gotten along well with her, had thrown his support behind Raft's choice and had secured for Mae a contract worth four grand a week.
• • sequestered at The Ravenswood • •   ...
• • This was Part 4. Part 5 will appear on Monday.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5 November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Sunday, 6 January 1935 • •
• • On Sunday, 6 January 1935, one day after her father had died, an interview with Mae West ran in the Sunday Dispatch. The title was "I'm an angel really — Mae West tells for the first time just what she is really like."
• • On Saturday, 6 January 1940 • •
• • Blytheville, Arkansas was a-buzzing on Saturday, 6 January 1940 when the Courier News was delivered and offered the latest about Mae West, then shooting with W.C. Fields in Hollywood.
• • The article scolded the screen siren because she had been "ruling the roost" during shooting of "My Little Chickadee," making script changes and criticizing the action. Supposedly, the director protested that he had reached the limit of his patience when Mae demanded that her leading man, actor Joseph Calleia, dye his hair before their romantic scenes.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, popular Broadway favourite, makes her first starring screen appearance in "She Done Him Wrong."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'm never satisfied."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Hudson Valley daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West at Parkway • •               
• • “Belle of the Nineties,” showing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Parkway Theatre, Fleetwood, will bring back old times to many Bronxville residents, and will afford a glimpse of a distant era to many others. The story concerns diamond stealing in a New Orleans gambling house, and the star is Mae West, supported by Roger Pryor, John Mack Brown and John Miljan.  ...
• • Source: Item in The Bronxville Review; published on Saturday, 5 January 1935
• • 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 3612th
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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Joseph Calleia in 1940
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