Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mae West: Talked About

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 35.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • "It Ain't No Sin" — or is it? • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   It was into this that Paramount released Mae's next film, "It Ain't No Sin." The setting is the1890s again, with Mae playing Ruby Carter, "The Queen of All Entertainers." Ruby is opening her new stage show in St. Louis and the marquee reads, "The Most Talked About Woman in America." The show opens with a rather portly group of dancing girls called the Beauties of the South. 
• • And the song they sing is a good example of attempts to poke fun at the Hays Code:
• • • •  Here we are, the Beauties of the South
• • • • The suckers buy us wine
• • • • In cabarets we dine
• • • • We sit and chat, and what comes after that
• • • • Pum Diddly Um Pum Pum
• • Then the "beauties" are joined by a singer in a straw hat and cane who goes on:
• • "The Beauties of the South" (continued) • •      ...
• • This was Part 35.  Part 36 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, 21 February 1933 • •
• • Advertisements in Variety, etc. announced that normal grosses were being doubled and tripled for "She Done Him Wrong" starring Mae West: "The Whole Country Is Going WEST!"
• • On Wednesday, 21 February 1934 • •
• • It was on Wednesday evening, 21 February 1934, when the famed Mae West Jewel Robbery episode was dramatized on "Calling All Cars" over CBS Radio [without her personal participation in this traumatic drama]. Program #13 was sponsored by the Rio Grande Oil Company.
• • On Friday, 21 February 1936 • •
• • Starring Mae West, "Klondike Annie" was in movie-houses in the USA for the President's Day weekend — — on Friday, 21 February 1936.
• • The motion picture was released at a production cost of $1,000,000.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Headlines read: "Mae West Wins Stage Lawsuit." A happy outcome for Mae but bitter news for Mark Linder, who pursued her with Inspector Javert-like intensity.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "It's no good trying to be serious."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An item in Time Magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Time reporters wrote: Mae West, who has not denied being 56, was still having trouble trying to settle down. "I'm still looking for the right man," she confided to the New York Post's Columnist Earl Wilson. "My trouble is, I find so many right ones, it's hard to decide." ...
• • Source: "People" column in Time; published on Monday, 21 February 1949
• • 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 3644th
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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/


• • Photo:
• • Mae West • with Martin Itgen and "Soapy" in 1936

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