Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mae West: Dad Forbid Her

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 7.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Pressured by a rival mob boss • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  At the same time, George Raft is also being pressured by a rival mob boss wanting to take over his club — — a bad time to learn about polite manners. One evening at his nightclub, while Raft and Miss Jellyman are wining and dining his society sweetie, he gets a note that ex-girlfriend Maudie is waiting outside to crash the party. Raft tells his stooge not to let her in. Up until this point the film has been a genial, leisurely paced affair. But it's about to get a sudden jolt.
• • We first see Mae West with her back to the camera waiting to get into Raft's club. She's surrounded by well dressed men but tells them, "You know, my father's real strict and doesn't let me see boys after 9 o'clock." (This was an autobiographical line from her past when her father would forbid her from coming home late from a date.) She then dismisses her suitors with, "be good and go back to your wives."
• • "The fairy princess, ya mug!" • •  . . .
• • This was Part 7. Part 8 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5 November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Saturday, 11 January 1919 • •
• • The iconic publication Judge featured three hot topics in their weekend issue dated 11 January 1919 — — vaudevillian Mae West, the illustrator John Held Jr, and the Armistice.  Judge Magazine's editorial office at that time was 225 Fifth Avenue, NYC.
• • On Thursday, 11 January 1996 • •
• • Under review in The Washington Post was a new release: "When I'm Bad, I'm Better: Mae West, Sex, and American Entertainment" — — a biographical book written by Marybeth Hamilton [N.Y.: HarperCollins, 307 pages].
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Sex and the City" actress Kim Cattrall is set for a steamy new role — — as legendary screen siren Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Prize fights are my chief form of relaxation. Watching boys in action takes my mind off the studio and business problems."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A daily paper in Tasmania mentioned Mae West.
• • "Huge American Incomes — — Mae West Paid. £67,800 a Year" • •
• • Washington, Tuesday — The names of 18,000 people in America receiving an annual compensation in excess of 15,000 dollars (£3000) during 1934, are published by the Congressional Committee.
• • The number of incomes in excess of 100,000 dollars is far from rare. Among motion picture people, Mae West, the popular American film actress, led the list with 339,000 dollars (£0s,800) . . .
• • Source: Item on page 1 in The Advocate (Tasmania); published on Thursday, 9 January 1936
• • 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 3615th
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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1 comment:

  1. Kim Cattrall would be an excellent choice to bring Mae West alive to today's audiences. Her current HBO series, "Sensitive Skin," now in its second season, underlines her acting abilities. I would welcome Kim's portrayal of Mae West!