Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mae West: A Disgrace

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 49.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • The Hays Office goes into over-drive • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  Personally, I find it to be thoroughly enjoyable, one of her best vehicles.
• • However, her next film would give the Hays office much more ammunition and would turn out to be her most censored and controversial, "Klondike Annie."
• • Atlanta Better Films Committee: "Klondike Annie is a violation of all codes of decency..."
• • The Hearst Press: "It is to be hoped that the churches of this country are awake to the necessity of boycotting such a picture Klondike Annie and denouncing its producers."
• • Los Angeles Examiner: "Klondike Annie is a disgrace to anyone associated with it."
• • The Hays Code: "Ministers of religion in their characters as ministers of religion should not be used as comic characters or villains."
• • The movie was based on an unproduced stage play that Mae had been working on, "Frisco Kate," which was set again in the 1890s in San Francisco.
• • "Frisco Kate" as a motion picture • •   . . .
• • This was Part 49.  Part 50 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine; issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Monday, 23 March 1964 • •
• • Rick Du Brow, a Hollywood columnist, discussed the episode "Mae West Meets Mister Ed" (broadcast on Sunday, 22 March 1964) on page 4 of Cumberland Evening Times, on Monday, 23 March 1964. The headline was "Mae West Could Be Star of Own Situation Comedy." Du Brow was favorably impressed. Papers in the U.K. and the USA reviewed the TV episode.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It takes more than merely acting to become a national figure — an emblem — which, strange and contradictory as it may seem, is exactly what Mae West is.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "She who laughs lasts."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on witty sayings regarding sex mentioned Mae West.
• • The Daily Mail explained: Here, Liz Rowlinson selects some of the wittiest quotations...
• • Liz Rowlinson: "I know nothing about sex because I was always married." — — Zsa Zsa Gabor, actress.
• • Liz Rowlinson: "Sex is emotion in motion." — — Mae West, actress.
• • Source: Article: "From Mae West to Woody Allen: Everyone has something witty to say about sex" written by Liz Rowlinson for The Daily Mail [U.K.]; published on Friday, 23 March 2007
• • 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 3666th
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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