Monday, February 27, 2017

Mae West: Mere Stooge

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 39.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • This entire scene was excised • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  Suspected of murder, she was not indicted for lack of evidence; arrested for possessing stolen bonds, the bank president refused to prosecute; when a millionaire disappeared from his yacht on which she was the sole guest, she inherited some of his money, and was acquitted. This entire scene was excised. (However if you look closely at the opening of the film, as the camera pans over the crowd, you'll spot two newspaper headlines reading "Rudy Carter Innocent" and another "Grand Jury Frees Ruby Carter.")
• • Also cut was dialogue from her arrival in New Orleans on a paddle boat, regarding Mae receiving five male visitors to her cabin. In the revised version, the only surviving reference is heard when she disembarks and is being followed by a group of eager men. When asked by someone what all these men want, she answers "Give 'em all my address!"
• • tossed some garters out • •   . . .
• • This was Part 39.  Part 40 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Thursday, 27 February 1936 • •
• • Joseph Breen wrote to Will Hays about Mae West and "KIondike Annie." His letter is dated for Thursday, 27 February 1936.
• • Newspapers were aware of the bickering and the chaos. The Los Angeles Herald printed a news story on page 4 about the censorship issues on Thursday, 27 February 1936. It was never easy being Mae West.
• • On Sunday, 27 February 1938 • •
• • On Sunday, 27 February 1938, in Perth Australia, their Sunday Times newspaper echoed the after-shocks of "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" in December 1937: Mae West's un-Scriptural portrayal of Eve in a national broadcast has aroused the wrath of hundreds of American women and infuriated the clergy. They are shocked because, instead of the serpent tempting Eve, as the Book of Genesis records, Mae West tempted the serpent.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Asserting that right is might, Frank Wallace today renewed his efforts to obtain a court order declaring him to be the husband of Mae West, motion picture star.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "It's time someone in Hollywood — — speaking very frankly — — showed what is known as intestinal fortitude. They threaten us in the picture colony under penalty of having acid thrown in our face. And they don't stop at acid threats either. They threaten to kill. It's time someone called their hand. And if it has to be me, I'll do it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West Says Little on Row • •
• • (By Associated Press) HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 26. Mae West played a sphinx-like role today as the cross-country debate between Ernst Lubitsch, film producer, and Jim Timony, her business manager, subsided to a mere whisper.
• • The blonde-buxom star had nothing to say when she arrived home with Timony late yesterday after a short visit to Chicago. 
• • She still had nothing to; say when Timony, at her apartment, asserted that "the trouble with Ernst Lubitsch is he's sore because he was dying to direct Mae, himself, in her last picture, and she wouldn't stand for it."
• • Lubitsch, replaced as production chief at Paramount studios, Miss West's home lot, declared at Chicago that dissension between the actress and himself occurred "over my insistence that she give Victor McLaglen a break In 'Klondike Annie'."
• • He added:  "Miss West originally wrote the part and reduced him to a mere 'stooge'." Lubitsch said he would produce and direct three or four pictures a year for Paramount under the new arrangement.  ...
• • Source: Article by Associated Press rpt in San Bernardino Sun; published on Thursday,  27 February 1936
• • 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 • •
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