Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mae West: Lovelorn Bull

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 54.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • the lovelorn Bull • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   When she boards the ship she's met by the lovelorn Bull, who's also reformed himself. As they're about to embrace she ends the film with one of her classic lines, "Bull, yuh ain't no oil paintin' but you're a fascinatin' monster!" Thus ends a little gem of a picture that could have been more had the censors allowed it to breathe.
• • religious garb • •
• • Because of her previous films the Breen office was leery of the sincerity of Mae's new movie and quickly jumped on the script. Breen first insisted that her character ". . . is not in any sense masquerading as a preacher or any other minister of religion, ordained or otherwise. Rather her character should be more that of a social worker." She mustn't be allowed to wear "religious garb," carry a bible or quote from it, or sing hymns or sermonize, and that any semblance of a church or mission be changed to a "settlement house."
• • teaching the miners Mother Goose rhymes • •  . . .
• • This was Part 54.  Part 55 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine; issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Wednesday, 30 March 1927 • •
• • By Wednesday, 30 March 1927, twelve male jurors had been selected for Mae West's "Sex" trial set for Jefferson Market Court on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village. Mae hired four attorneys to represent her. Her defense team was headed by Harold Spielberg, Herman "Beansie" Rosenthal's former associate. Trial coverage appeared in the N.Y. Herald Tribune, The N.Y. Times, Variety, and elsewhere.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Although Mae was not featured on his published testimonials, Ned Wayburn taught her to dance and cast her in several shows, adding heft to her resume and stage career.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Many of our famous lawyers, doctors, bankers, and judges are homo-sexualists.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California daily mentioned Mae West. 
• • "Flash! Mae West Turns Maternal!" • •
• • "I'd make a real good mother," says the star of "I'm No Angel" . . . and, without ever curving away from the subject one iota, goes straight to the point in a pithy and altogether surprising interview, which has been obtained exclusively for the enjoyment of readers of the forthcoming Los Angeles Sunday Times.   . . .
• • Source: Item (page 12) in San Bernardino Sun; published on Friday, 30 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 3671st
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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