Monday, February 13, 2017

Mae West: 10 Suggestions

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 29.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • What was the new code? • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   Though meant to be the equivalent of The Ten Commandments, the studios still thought of them more as The Ten Suggestions, and were generally seen by Hollywood as a way of placating the pressure groups while still controlling their own destinies (and bend or break the rules where and when they could). A Catholic Cardinal later stated it bluntly, "We believed we were dealing with moral gentlemen" meaning the studio heads. "We were mistaken. To them it was just another scrap of paper." However 1933 saw a new voice joining the chorus for more censorship, and it came from the feds. The newly elected Roosevelt administration launched the New Deal, which not only declared war on the Depression, but also, through The National Recovery Act (NRA), contained a code for movie makers. Published in Variety, this code proposed a clause maintaining "the right moral standards in the production of motion pictures."
• • stricter direction • •     . . .  
• • This was Part 29.  Part 30 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Wednesday, 13 February 1924 • •
• • On 13 February 1924, The Varsity Eight recorded their version of "Hula Lou."
• • In January 1924 Sophie Tucker had discovered this gem and she recorded it with Miff Mole on Okeh Records.
• • Though Mae West didn't get a chance to record it, she made "Hula Lou" part of her act and was featured on song sheets in 1924. The lyrics are very well-suited for her stage persona.
• • On Saturday, 13 February 1971 • •
• • Mae West was the cover girl on Nieuwe Revu (in the Netherlands), a magazine dated for Saturday, 13 February 1971, Issue # 8.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West was found guilty and given a short prison sentence and a stiff fine. These events are dramatized in the stage play "Courting Mae West."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I don't like myself — — I'm crazy about myself."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on the literature of love nodded at Mae West.
• • Maureen Dowd wrote:  In "My Little Chickadee," Mae West rolls her hips and eyes and goes with arithmetic. "A man has $100 and you leave him with $2," she lectures a class of schoolchildren. "That's subtraction." ...
• • Source: Column: "Love Lit 101" written by Maureen Dowd for The N.Y. Times; published on Sunday,  13 February 2005
• • Note: The image is from the hilarious wedding scene and Mae's expression says it all.
• • 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 3638th
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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