Monday, January 16, 2017

Mae West: Take My Liberties

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 10.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Bonding over their drinks • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   She and the elderly Miss Jellyman quickly bond over their drinks, "We're gonna make a night of it." About his new girlfriend, Mae tells Raft, "Yeah, she's a great gal. She's okay," with not a whit of jealousy.
• • In one single moment Mae defined her screen persona. She was to be a different kind of woman, one who refused to be seen as a victim or weak. Biographer Simon Louvish summed her up this way, as the ". . . bejeweled girl-at-the-next-barstool, both sexy and available, back-slapping and loud, able to blow off any man she didn't fancy and pleased to be a good pal to a lady friend in dire need of a liquid top-up and hearty advice."
• • Interestingly, the fast pace she set with her rapid-fire lines, went directly against her Broadway style, which was to take things slow and easy. Her delivery, the pauses, her languid movements on stage, and later in her movies, were in direct contrast to Maudie Triplett.
• • "I take my liberties in my timing" • •  . . .
• • This was Part 10. Part  11 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5 November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Tuesday, 16 January 1934 • •
• • It was another appearance in court, this time as a witness for the prosecution — — on 16 January 1934 — — when Mae West gave testimony about Edward Friedman, who had robbed her. Extensive courtroom coverage appeared in the Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express under this headline: "Officers Guard Movie Queen at Trial after Threats by Gangsters" on 16 January 1934.
• • On Wednesday, 16 January 1935 • •
• • In the middle of January — — on 16 January 1935 — — Joseph Breen was shooting off another memo about Mae West. "'Now I'm a Lady' seems to us to be a definite violation of the Code," he wrote. Because of the Hays Code, the script would be altered numerous times and the movie re-titled.
• • On Monday, 16 January 1950 • •
• • Newsweek readers who opened their issue dated 16 January 1950 [Vol. XXXV, No. 3] saw this article on page 46: "The Return of Mae West."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, Bette Davis, Fred Astaire, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Betty Grable, James Cagney, Tyrone Power, Dorothy Lamour, the Barrymores, and Marlene Dietrich are among the stars George Hurrell photographed in Hollywood's Golden era.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "They kept begging me and telling me they had a contract with me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Even though it is considered smart to have the Mae West curves," says corpulent Cora, "many of us women won't be one hundred per cent for inflation."  . . .
• • Source: Item in San Bernardino Sun; published on Tuesday, 16 January 1934
• • 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 3618th
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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