Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mae West: Fastest Guy

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 17.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Surface changes — — bawdy tone • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   Paramount made these surface changes but kept the bawdy tone, as was quickly set with Mae's first appearance. Dressed to the nines and getting out of a carriage, she's greeted by a passing mother and child, "Hello, Miss Lou!  My but you're a fine looking woman."
• • To which Mae flips back, "One of the finest women ever walked the streets!" She also gets to sing the sexually loaded songs; "I Wonder Where My Easy Rider's Gone," "I Like a Man Who Takes His Time," and "Frankie and Johnny." And this is also the film that launched her most famous quip. Trying to seduce Cary Grant she tells him, "Come up some time . . . see me", which was quickly morphed by the public into, "Come up and see me sometime."
• • When Mae visits an ex-boyfriend in prison, it's clear she knows everyone there! Of one inmate she says, "He was one of the fastest guys in the business, but he's taking his time now."
• • Your Jailer • •  . . .
• • This was Part 17. Part 18 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5 November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Sunday, 25 January 1948 • •
• • On Sunday, 25 January 1948, The New York Times's London correspondent noted: "The audience displayed little interest in the comedy melodrama of the nineties but it warmed to Miss West. ..."
• • On Friday, 25 January 2002 • •
• • The Vegas View news-sheet announced on Friday, 25 January 2002 this interesting bit of weekend entertainment: The Magical Hula Girls performance Saturday [January 26th] will include appearances by a Mae West impersonator, stuntman and actor Samoan Sid on the Tahitian drums, and dancer One, who also performs in "O" at the Bellagio. At the Starbright Theatre in Sun City, Nevada.
• • On Sunday, 25 January 2009 • •
• • An intriguing item offered at the Winter Art and Antiques Auction on Sunday, 25 January 2009 was this 1989 serigraph of Mae and an impressionist: "Large Caricature Portraits of Mae West and Jim Bailey."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The controversial Mae West play "The Drag" will get a reading in Florida.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Men are my hobby. If I ever got married, I'd have to give it up."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A talented woman mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West Comes to Town • •
• • Melissa Shirley wrote:  Mae West has an hour-glass figure with curves that women pay lots of money for today!  I won’t bore you with the stitching details.  I will show you the area that I stitch based on the clue each month with my interpretation of the clue.  Seeing the photo is the fun part anyway.  If you do want to see more just let me know.  I do take photos of my stitching, as I go along, for reference.  ...
• • Image:  Stitch "witchery" from Melissa Shirley's Wild Women series – Mae West
• • Source: Item posted in Sheena's Sweet Stitches in January 2013
• • 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 3625th
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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