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 9.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • "Crawl to me, baby!" • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote: Miss Jellyman makes a game try at engaging Joey in sophisticated conversation by asking him about Russia's five-year plan! To which Joe nervously replies "Ah . . . well I guess it depends on the Bolshoviki Conference."
• • Mae cuts in loudly, "Bolshoviki, Bolshoviki! Don't tell me you've gone Bolshoviki on me, Joe. And that reminds me, remember that night we were at the eatin' house when a flock of them gangsters came in and tried to take me from ya." Mae tells the table, "Why you shoulda seen this kid fight for me." Filling her glass with champagne she goes on, "And, Honey, remember our last bout with champagne, why say, we got so plastered they threw us out in the gutter. It took five waiters to do it, yes, and not only that, it took five cops to land us in jail." Grabbing Raft by the collar, she pulls him close, "Oh Joey, I'm so glad to see ya. Crawl to me baby, crawl to me." Later, when Raft and Cummings try to make an exit, Maudie doesn't bat an eye. "All right, honey, anything you do is okay with me."
• • Bonding over their drinks • • . . .
• • This was Part 9. Part 10 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 Saturday, 13 January 1945 • •
• • "Catherine Was Great" featured Mae West onstage in her stunning Russian empress regalia. Mike Todd's lavish production was onstage from 2 August 1944 — 13 January 1945 on Broadway, which ran for 191 performances. The play was staged at the Shubert Theatre, then moved to the Royale.
• • On Sunday, 13 January 1958 • •
• • An article in a Joe Weider publication in 2004 gave this point of view on the late bodybuilder and the Hollywood icon.
• • Joe Weider's reporter wrote: In 1955, a 64-year-old Mae West saw Mickey Hargitay on the cover of Strength and Health Magazine. She asked him to join her chorus of musclemen, clad in leopardskin G-strings, in her Las Vegas nightclub act, the Mae West Revue. According to Mae West, when she first met him, Hargitay had said: "Miss West, you are the end of my search for an ideal, my dream come true." ...
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In 1936, Anthony Quinn made the leap into the acting profession. That year he had a role onstage in "Clean Beds" with Mae West, a play that she financed and produced. His part was a take-off on John Barrymore, then an aging thespian fading from the limelight.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Permissive is just another word for dirty. Sex is not dirty."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Emma Wyndham Blake's mother, Sally Blake, met Mae West when she was just eight years old, Emma thinks this is where her mother's obsession with perfume began. . . .
• • Source: Interview in The Daily Mail (U.K.); published on Sunday, 11 January 2015
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
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