Friday, March 31, 2017

Mae West: Many Cuts

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 55.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • teaching the miners Mother Goose rhymes • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote: Of what would he approve? In a memo to Paramount, Hays suggested "shots of the Frisco Doll playing games, possibly with rough miners, teaching them Mother Goose rhymes, etc." Also that Mae could give the miners instructions on "cutting out paper dolls, or playing charades" like she would do with children of the settlement.
• • The film also went through many cuts:
• • CUTS: The most blatant being the missing death of Chan Lo. In the original version when Mae attempts to leave him they struggle. In self defense she stabs him with his ceremonial dagger. In the released version we only hear about it.
• • CUTS: A scene in which Bull Bracket kills the assassin who threw the knife at Mae. In the finished film, we have no idea as to his fate.
• • "Klondike Annie" also went through these cuts, too: • •   . . .
• • This was Part 55.  Part 56 will appear on Monday.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Sunday, 31 March 1912 • •
• • The end of March signaled the beginning of excitement down at "The Corner" [Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street]. The New York Times announced on 31 March 1912 that "Mae West and Her Boys" would take the stage at Hammerstein's Victoria.
• • On Thursday, 31 March 1927 • •
• • On Thursday, 31 March 1927 it was reported in The New York Times that Sergeant Patrick Keneally of the Midtown Vice Squad, whose testimony was heavily flavored with a thick Irish brogue, quoted long passages from Mae's play "Sex" from memory. Moreover, "frequently, under the instructions of the Prosecutor," explained The Times, "assuming poses to demonstrate the manner in which members of the cast delivered their lines," Sgt Keneally gave the jury box quite a show.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The indestructible Mae has lived for 26 years now in the same six-room apartment on the sixth floor of a fashionable apartment house not far from Hollywood and Vine.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “Good sex is like good bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A London daily mentioned the "very cool" Mae West.
• • 'American Cool' exhibit is currently on show at the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington. Just under a quarter of the 100 are women — — including Madonna, Mae West and Bonnie Raitt.  Four defining factors of cool — — people chosen had to fit at least three categories to qualify.  . . .
• • Source: Article in The Daily Mail [U.K.]; published on Monday, 31 March 2014
• • 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 3672nd
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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