Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Mae West: Carnival Elvis

MAE WEST played a carnival worker onscreen in "I'm No Angel" [1933] for Paramount Pictures.
• • Colonel Tom Parker, the manager of Elvis Presley, had once been a carny employee in real life and thought the carnival world would made a fine, wholesome setting for his client.
• • "Roustabout" [1964], Paramount Pictures • •
• • Elvis Australia wrote: The movie was first announced in May of 1961, but production was delayed until March of 1964.
• • Elvis Australia wrote:  In the time between, there were changes. Among them were: that the working title went from 'Right This Way Folks' to 'Roustabout'; that Elvis' character name changed from Charlie Main to Charlie Rogers; and that the character of carnival owner Maggie Moore changed to Maggie Morgan; and that the actress chosen to play Morgan changed from Mae West to Barbara Stanwyck. The screenwriters were Anthony Lawrence and Allan Weiss.
• • Hollywood Remembered — — Elvis Presley and Mae West by Darwin Porter • •
• • The film, if made, would have be-come the jaw-dropping camp classic of the 20th century, according to Darwin Porter.
• • Elvis had a dream • •  . . .
• • This was Part 1. Used with permission. To be continued tomorrow.
• • On Tuesday, 1 March 1927 in Olean Evening Times • •
• • "The Drag" — an exposition of psychopathic conduct . . . • •
• • In their issue dated for Tuesday, 1 March 1927, The Olean Evening Times took Mae to task for "Sex" as well as "The Drag," which the reporter Virginia Swan described as "an exposition of psychopathic conduct." Was Mae West chastened after the arrest? "Sure, I know what audiences like," Mae assured the news reporters. "And when it comes in sex portrayals, I know my onions. My play is true to life. And how can anyone suppress truth?"
• • On Tuesday, 1 March 1960 • •
• • "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It" by Mae West was released on Tuesday, 1 March 1960.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West entertains her company at a party when the last curve has been photographed like mad at the Trocadero, and since then they have been more or less every place together.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I have found men who didn't know how to kiss. I've always found time to teach them.“
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Picture Play Magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Actor Warren William, who is forever inventing things, has made a robot which, by means of springs and coils, makes an acceptable fencing partner. He was showing it to Mae West, who had shown interest in his other inventions ...
• • Source: Item in Picture Play Magazine [U.K.]; published in December 1936 
• • 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 3650th
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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• • Mae West • with Elvis Presley (composite)

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