Friday, February 03, 2017

Mae West: So Beware

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 24.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Devil in Disguise • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:    The irony is that while Mae barely moves, the male audience goes nuts as she rolls her eyes and sings:
• • "They Call Me Sister Honky Tonk" • •
• • • • I'm free and easy, my life's my own
• • • • I come and go as I choose
• • • • So beware these eyes,
• • • • I'm a devil in disguise
• • • • And they call me Sister Honky Tonk . . .
• • And we also learn that Mae isn't merely an ecdysiast, she's also the headlining lion tamer. Later making a grand entrance under the Big Top (in a glorious scene of early Hollywood excess), she is being carried on the trunk of an elephant and decked out in rhinestone-covered white tights and cap.
• • Entering a lion cage • •  . . .
• • This was Part 24.  Part 25 will appear next week.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5 November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Monday, 3 February 1930 in The Daily Mirror • •
• • A staffer for New York City's "picture newspaper" The Daily Mirror explained to the hometown fans of Mae West how her mother's recent death affected the actress behind the scenes. Perhaps one backstage snitch conveyed the details when Mae "collapsed in  her dressing room at the Shubert Riviera Theatre" [sic] also noting that the Broadway star "had to be carried to her home by members of the company."
• • Source: The Daily Mirror (NYC); published on Monday, 3 February 1930.
• • On Saturday, 3 February 1934 in The Daily News • •
• • On 3 February 1934, after the jurors deliberated for three days, Edward Friedman was pronounced guilty for robbing Mae West of cash and jewelry. The judge and a number of influential individuals praised Mae for her courage and her determination to fight in the open against thugs and blackmailers who attempted to prey on movie stars. Trial coverage was published in The N.Y. Daily News and other dailies on Saturday, 3 February 1934 and the following day.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • There must have been a good reason why Paramount Productions published a "Klondike Annie: censorship dialogue script" on Monday, 3 February 1936. This script was 146 pages long.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "The audience — — ya gotta hit 'em in the eye with it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Palm Springs daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Gabors Piqued By Talky Mama •
• • Hollywood correspondent [N.E.A.] Dick Kleiner wrote:  Jolie Gabor is 84 and honestly doesn't look or act more than 60 years old. (Unlike Mae West, who is about the same age and looks it.) ...
• • Source: Item in Desert Sun; published on Tuesday, 3 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 3632nd
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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