Monday, March 13, 2017

Mae West: Brother Eben

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 41.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • suffered from interference • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   However, even this scene suffered from interference. Paramount was nervous about the reaction from some of their Southern movie circuits, and Breen had warned Paramount that England had out and out banned any scenes portraying "Negro spirituals." So Mae was filmed from a balcony overlooking the revival, but not part of it. However, towards the end of her song her face was cleverly super-imposed over Brother Eben's crowd, as she sings: "They say I'm one of the devil's daughters. They look at me with scorn. I'll never hear that horn, I'll be underneath the water judgment morn . . ."
• • Mae had also insisted Duke Ellington and his orchestra provide the music, while Paramount had wanted to save money by hiring black extras to mimic playing over pre-recorded music.
• • "I had my heart set on having Duke Ellington" • •   . . .
• • This was Part 41.  Part 42 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, 13 March 1937 in the gossip columns • •
• • On 13 March 1937, Mae West declined Ted Peckham's invitation to the premiere of "Lost Horizon."
• • Released on Monday, 13 March 2006 in England • •
• • Released in the U.K. on Monday, 13 March 2006 was "Mae West, Screen Goddess Collection" (Six Discs).
• • With English language subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing. The half-dozen titles in this collection included "She Done Him Wrong," "I'm No Angel," "Belle of the Nineties," "Klondike Annie," "My Little Chickadee," and "The Heat's On."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • We have seen players, from Sarah Bernhardt to Mae West, and there have been times when the great talents of these actresses have made painted canvas seem positively real.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I think upward. Unpleasant thoughts drag you down. I won't have it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British reporter discussed Mae West. (He may not love her as much as we do!)
• • Gilbert Adair  wrote:  The epitome of preening sex appeal — — Dali used her lips as the model for a crimson satin sofa — — Mae West never actually possessed too much of that indefinable quality, certainly by current standards.  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Independent [U.K.]; published on Sunday, 14 March 1999 
• • 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 3658th
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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