Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mae West: Stole the Show

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 6.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • William LeBaron knew Mae could write • •  
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   However, William LeBaron was familiar with Mae's ability to craft her own character.
• • LeBaron had seen it in "A La Broadway" where she had taken a small part as an Irish maid and rewrote her dialogue and stole the show. He convinced Mae to stay on and told her she could rewrite the part of Maudie Triplett. Which she promptly did. And in what may be the greatest debut in movie history Mae took her 10-minute role in "Night After Night" and caused a sensation.
• • The plot revolves around George Raft, playing a speakeasy — gambling club owner, Joe Anton, who is trying to change his ways in order to woo a high society beauty (Constance Cummings). He hires an elderly etiquette teacher, Miss Jellyman (a terrific performance by character actress Allison Skipworth) to give him "some class" by teaching him about manners, politics, and polite society talk.
• • Pressured by a rival mob boss • •    . . .
• • This was Part 6.  Part 7 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5 November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Thursday, 10 January 1935 in Los Angeles • •
• • A newspaper gossip column reported on Thursday, 10 January 1935 that actress Lyda Roberti [1906 — 1938] lives in the same apartment building as Mae West, George Burns and Gracie Allen, George Raft, and Ida Lupino. The Ravenswood at 570 North Rossmore was the address, of course.
• • On Saturday, 10 January 2004 in Australia • •
• • In Australia, ABC Television broadcast this show: "Living Famously: Mae West" at 7:30pm on Saturday, 10 January 2004. ABC noted: "The life and career of Hollywood legend Mae West, a one woman sexual revolution who dominated stage and screen in the 1920s and 30s with her sex goddess looks, innuendoes and rapier wit." No doubt the TV program was completely a-Mae-zing.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae's sister Beverly applied for a marriage license in Chicago.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "But above all, you've gotta have a certain something."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Ten ‘Tackles’ Tabbed By Mr. Earl Blackwell • •
• • Mr. Black well wrote:  "Mae West: High Camp exploding in a Bon Bon Factory!” . . .
• • Source: Item in Desert Sun; published on Friday, 9 January 1970
• • 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 3614th
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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/


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• • Mae West
in 1935
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