Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Mae West: Blackmail Scheme

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 26.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • A process shot • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  Some of the scenes are obvious matte shots.  But others are clearly Mae with real lions. When it was over the crew, broke into applause and Mae couldn't stop smiling. (Part of the act called for her to place her head into a lion's mouth — — but that was a process shot and is easy to spot.)
• • Oh, and the plot deals with Mae West getting involved with co-star Ralf Harolde, portraying her circus boyfriend, Slick Wiley (the name says it all) in an attempted murder, a later love affair with lawyer Cary Grant, a blackmail scheme, and a trial in which Mae acts as her own attorney to sue Grant for breaking his word about marrying her. At one point, perhaps echoing her own previous trials, she strolls in front of the jury asking them, "How am I doin'?"
• • Let me take you away • •  . . .
• • This was Part 26.  Part 27 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, 8 February 1927 • •
• • The date was Tuesday, on 8 February 1927. Mae had staged a midnight "sneak preview" of "The Drag" at Daly's 63rd Street Theatre, reported Variety Magazine; invited attendees included city officials and several respected physicians, who had been expected to give the play an endorsement. The very next night, Mae's other show "Sex" was shut down by City Hall. No, not a coincidence.
• • On Monday, 8 February 1960 in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West got her star on the "Walk of Fame" at 1560 Vine Street on Monday, 8 February 1960.  Well deserved.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Any time Mae West takes the center of the stage all the world rushes for a seat. Jim Timony, her manager, should take a bow. But Jim takes a back seat for Mae.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Frankly, I don't like the unhealthy turn television has taken. "
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A student paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Corsair wrote: Celluloid collars and high laced shoes were the two most difficult orders to fill when wardrobe was being prepared for Paramount's "She Done Him Wrong" starring Mae West.  ...
• • Source: Item in Corsair (Santa Monica, California);  published on Wednesday, 8 February 1933
• • 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 3635th
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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