Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mae West: Crooked Ace

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 37.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Libido • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  (Or as critic Jean Nathan said, "the Statue of Libido"!)
• • In the audience is up-and-coming boxer, the Tiger Kid, (Roger Pryor) who falls for Mae on sight. He wants to meet her, and that evening they spend the night together.
• • His manager, afraid his fighter will now have other things on his mind, concocts a plot to break up the couple by making his fighter think Mae has cheated on him. The ruse works, the Kid breaks up with her, and Mae winds up going to New Orleans to work in another club, "Sensation House" run by crooked Ace Lamont. The Kid continues his career, goes on tour, and ends up . . . in New Orleans. There are now subplots about fixed fights, a jewel robbery (which had echoes of Mae's real life jewel theft engineered by her driver in 1932), and a finale in which the New Orleans Club burns down. The Kid and Mae are happily reunited at the end.
• • On the side of evil and crime • •      ...
• • This was Part 37.  Part 38 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, 23 February 1927 • •
• • Variety sympathized with Mae West and the others whose Broadway shops were closed down due to a contagious censorship epidemic. This article ran on Wednesday, 23 February 1927.
• • On Tuesday, 23 February 2010 • •
• • An item that was new in the App Catalog for 23 February 2010 was Mae West Quotes, $1.99, by Brighthouse Labs. The developer described this: "Quotes from the late American actress and scribe."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Kevin Thomas and Charlotte Chandler were panelists at UCLA, and now his mink-gloved summation of her Mae West biography has been printed.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Good sex is like good bridge; if you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A community newsletter mentioned Mae West.
• • "Channeling the iconic Mae West" • •
• • The man told her he ran a “Look-Alike” agency. He asked if she would be interested in performing as “Mae West” since he felt she bore enough of a resemblance to give it a shot. She asked, “Why would I do that?” He replied, “It would be $300/hour.”
• • She said, “Wow, why not!”   Victoria was very intrigued by the idea and set out to learn everything she could about Mae West.  . . .
• • Source: Article in News and Views in Sun City Palm Desert Community Association; dated for February 2017
• • 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 3646th
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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