Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mae West: Pum Diddly

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 36.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • "The Beauties of the South" (continued) • • 
• • • • Goodness gracious how I love
• • • • your Pum Diddly Um Pum Pum.
• • • • Can I go home with you,
• • • • Oh, what a thing to do.
• • • • I mean you no harm,
• • • • I love your girlish charms,
• • • • with its Pum Diddly Um Pum Pum.
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   This is followed by another crooner singing "My American Beauty" while the stage curtains part to reveal Mae in her most flamboyant entrance ever: a series of "tableaux vivants" or living pictures, each more outre than the last. In succession she's seen silently posing as a giant butterfly, then a bat, a rose, a spider (with web of course) and lastly and most famously, as the Statue of Liberty!
• • Libido • •      ...
• • This was Part 36.  Part 37 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Saturday, 22 February 1936 • •
• • The newspaper headline read: "Exciting Racing in Mae West Picture."
• • The Mirror editors wrote: There are some grand and exciting racing sequences in the Buenos Aires scenes of "Now I'm a Lady" (at the Grand soon). And there will be intrigue and plotting and murder. The divine Mae West is stirred. Two songs by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal, ''Love Is Love" and "He's a Bad Man (But He's Good for Me)," will linger in memory for a long time. Vocalising many will enjoy most is Mae West's rendition of the aria "My Heart Opens at the Sound of Your Voice"' from the opera ''Samson and Delilah."
• • Source: Mirror (Perth, WA) on page 17, Saturday, 22 February 1936.
• • On Saturday, 22 February 1936 • •
• • Gossip columns ran this teaser: "Mae West May Go Back to Broadway."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West has written a new play, and it looks as if it will bring her Hollywood career to an end — — at least for the time being. Her film contracts in Hollywood terminate shortly, and she is thinking of appearing in her own play on Broadway.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "You know, my audience wants me bad. I'm always sensational."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book discussed Mae West.
• • Jon Tuska wrote:  When "Come On Up" closed at the Biltmore in Los Angeles on 22 February 1947, Jim Timony had plans for a European tour of "Diamond Lil."  . . .
• • Source: Source: "The Complete Films of Mae West" by Jon Tuska; published by Citadel Press, 1992
• • 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 3645th
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magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material
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