Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mae West: A Knife Whizzes

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 53.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • playin' a different tune • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  "We'll use your entertainers, only they'll be playin' a different tune."
• • At the revival meeting Mae does some serious testifying: at one point she reconciles a reformed barfly and his wife; in another she sermonizes "you don't have to go around looking sad and wearing a long face to be good . . . You can do right and still have a good time in this world."  
• • By the end of the film she's invigorated the community and has redeemed herself to the point of going back to San Francisco to face the murder charges against her. As she leaves, dressed again as "Frisco Doll" she drops Sister Annie's Good Book and bends to pick it up just as a knife whizzes over her head, thrown by a minion of Chan Lo. The book has indeed saved her life.
• • She also leaves behind a young Mountie who has fallen for her. She tells him the truth about who she is and that his career would be over should they stay together. Over his objections she says she must do right and confront her past.
• • the lovelorn Bull • •   . . .
• • This was Part 53.  Part 54 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, 29 March 1936 • •
• • "Has Mae West Done Herself Wrong?" was the intriguing headline teasing readers of the Atlanta Journal Magazine in their issue dated for Sunday, 29 March 1936. 
• • The byline went to Frank Daniel. 
• • Congressional hearings being conducted in February and March 1936 by the U.S. Senate were peppered with the name of Mae West, whose new motion picture "Klondike Annie" caused a lot of concern on Capitol Hill.
• • On Saturday, 29 March 2008 in NYC • •
• • Offered for free in the Times Square area on Saturday afternoon, 29 March 2008 was a reading of the play "Courting Mae West" at The Producer's Club [358 West 44th Street, NYC]. Louis Lopardi directed the cast. Based on true events 1926—1932, the play dramatizes moments from both of the obscenity trials.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • An auction for a rare autographed b/w still from "The Heat Is On," showing Mae West surrounded by top-hatted gents in a dance number, was auctioned in New Hampshire by LiveAuctioneer.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I like to see how I'm doin'."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A site for the warship USS ASTORIA CA-34 mentioned Mae West.
• • Marines pose in front of marquee posters in Bremerton, Washington circa 1935. The films showing are Lucky Devils (1933) and She Done Him Wrong (1934) starring Mae West and a young Cary Grant. This image is a wonderful example of Sam Schutt's ability to capture the era in his photographs.
• • Source: Item from The Official Home of 'Nasty Asty';  undated material 
• • 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 3670th
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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