Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mae West: Big Hoosegow

A very long article about MAE WEST and her career in Tinseltown appeared five years ago.  It was written by Paul Phaneuf. Let's pick this up again and enjoy it together. This is Part 44.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • • 
• • "Goin' to Town" — — screwball • •    
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   "Goin' to Town" fits the definition of "screwball." It starts in the old West with Mae, a barroom queen, of course, singing "He's a Bad Man But He Treats Me Good" while waiting for her beau, outlaw Buck Jones. When he shows up, he proposes to her and Mae decides her answer on a roll of the dice. She loses the toss and they announce the upcoming nuptials to the bar full of rowdy cowboys.  
• • the big hoosegow in the sky • •
• • That night, to celebrate, Buck Jones and his gang go out and rustle cattle (!) only to be shot and killed by the marshal. The next day, bride-to-be Mae shows up at his ranch where she is informed Buck Jones is now in the big hoosegow in the sky. However, her spirits quickly bounce back when she finds out he left his ranch to her, which just now happens to have oil underneath it.
• • Inheritance and an oil well, too • •   . . .
• • This was Part 44.  Part 45 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Sunday, 16 March 1930 • •
• • It has been reported by multiple sources that Mae West's "Pleasure Man" trial began on 16 March 1930. But since March 16th was actually a Sunday, that date is imprecise. Postponed from its scheduled start on 4 February 1930, the battling finally did get under way on Monday, 17 March in New York, NY.
• • On Friday, 16 March 1934 in Los Angeles • •
• • The soundtrack to the motion picture "Belle of the Nineties" was recorded at Hollywood Paramount Studios in Los Angeles On Friday, 16 March 1934, Mae West did the vocals for "Memphis Blues" backed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Among the nominations for "Best Picture" was "She Done Him Wrong."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "It's what they see in my eyes that counts."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Jewish paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Is Mae West Jewish?" • •
• • The Jewish Post has received many letters and inquiries concerning the “Jewishness of Mae West,” popular screen siren, and author of “Come up ’n see me sometime” [sic]. On two occasions we have stated that Miss West is our sister under the skin.  ...
• • Source: Editor's note in Jewish Post, Indianapolis; published on Friday, 16 March 1934
• • 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 3661st
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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