Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Mae West: Fool 'em

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 22.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Paramount was quick to cash in • •
• • "I'm No Angel is all about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it." — — Mae West in The Motion Picture Herald.
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  Quick to cash in on Mae's sudden fame and success, Paramount rushed her next film into production. And the source for her story would be the old "Carnival hoochie-coochie dancer who owns her own penthouse, has three maids, is a lion tamer, has an ex-beau named Slick Wiley, and winds up in court suing Cary Grant for breech of promise to marry" plot.  Titled "I'm No Angel," it certainly had Mae's flair for outrageous story lines, costumes, and of course dialogue, with Mae saying to a girlfriend, "Never let one man worry your mind. Find 'em, fool 'em, and forget 'em."
• • Her Best Film • •  . . .
• • This was Part 22.  Part 23 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, 1 February 1927 in Connecticut • •
• • On Tuesday, February 1st at 5 AM, Mae West was arrested along with her sister Beverly and the director Edward Elsner in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
• • The tabloid New York World covered the story on the front page on 1 February 1927 as did the New York Morning Telegraph, offering their voyeuristic readers every sin-soaked scrap about the scandal. The N.Y. Times also covered this on February 1st but in less lurid detail.
• • This arrest in dramatized in the stage play "Courting Mae West" in Act I, Scene 2.
• • On Thursday, 1 February 1951 • •
• • Atlanta (U.P.) —— Atlanta censors banned Mae West in the flesh today as they had done 18 years ago on film.
• • The censors said the play “'Diamond Lil," in which Miss West was scheduled to appear next Friday night, was "lewd and obscene" and should not be performed in Atlanta, Georgia.
• • On Saturday, 1 February 1975 • •
• • Issue # 1 of the British large-format publication Club Magazine, dated for Saturday, 1 February 1975, featured Mae West. This rare inaugural edition of Club is a collectible.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West refused to take a day off to attend her father's funeral because she did not want to make 155 of her fellow workers jobless and lose a day's wages. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "A girl in the convertible is worth two in the phonebook." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •       
• • The World of Yesterday featured Mae West.
• • The World of Yesterday, No. 1, February 1976 had Mae West on the front cover.
• • This was a Single Issue Magazine of 24 pages. The editor was Linda S. Downey . . .
• • Source:  Publication released in February 1976
• • 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 3630th
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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