Thursday, January 26, 2017

Mae West: The Word Wisecrack

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 18.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Your Jailer • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  Amazingly, she passes two men behind bars embracing each other, and says, "Ah, the Cherry Sisters."
• • In the end, Mae in turn gets arrested by Cary Grant who tells her, "I'm going to be your jailer for a long time" as he slips a ring onto her finger and says, "You bad girl." To which she coos, "You'll find out."
• • The word "wisecrack" • •
• • "In 1933, the year that Mae West pursed her lips in "She Done Him Wrong" ("When women go wrong, men go right after 'em") — — the word wisecrack first entered the Oxford English Dictionary. — — The History of The Code.
• • Billy Sunday • •  . . .
• • This was Part 18. Part  19 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, 26 January 1930 • •
• • Matilda, daughter of Christiana and Jacob Delker • •
• • The daughter of Christiana and Jacob Delker, Matilda was born in December 1870 — — perhaps in Wurttemberg, Germany, speculates biographer Jill Watts, noting that Jacob Delker had been working there in a sugar refinery. In January 1889, 18-year-old Matilda Delker wed John West.
• • Diem Obiit Mater: on Sunday, 26 January 1930 • •
• • However, she and her daughter Mae were really the love of each other's lives until Matilda died in the month of January — — on Sunday, 26 January 1930 — — at age 59. How terrifying it was for Mae during the winter of 1929, knowing that her mother's illness was worsening. After Matilda died, Mae felt, "There wasn't anyone to play to."
• • On Monday, 26 January 1948 • •
• • In Britain, The Times reported on Monday, 26 January 1948 that "Miss West is a competent actress. Appearing in a tawdry ornate framework of her own devising, she puts across her own kind of audacity with good timing and a shrewd sense of its own absurdity."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West’s Duesenberg among Hollywood cars at upcoming Wine Country Classic.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "There are men here, of course, but here's always room for real men — — especially In pictures."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A West Coast paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Play at California" • •
• • New York of the gay nineties and the early 1900s forms the background for Mae West's new comedy of politics, police and palaces, "Every Day's a Holiday," opening tomorrow at the California theater.
• • The story concerns one Peaches O'Day, played by Miss West, who is wanted by the police for selling the Brooklyn Bridge, and by Walter Catlett, a show producer, to star in a new stage offering. Since it is impossible to take care of either without stepping on the toes of the other, Miss West dons a black wig and a French accent, becoming "Mademoiselle Fifi."
• • Intertwined in this story is a better government crusade, a New Year's eve celebration, hansom cabs, cars of the get-out-and-get-under period, horse cars, helmeted policemen and barber shop quartets. George Rector, who managed a famous restaurant in Old New York, has a part in the film, whose supporting cast includes Edmund Lowe, Charles Butterworth . . .
• • Source: Item in San Bernardino Sun;  published on Wednesday, 26 January 1938 
• • 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 3626th
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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