Monday, March 27, 2017

Mae West: Men Friends

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 51.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • can't have men friends "of my own race" • •  
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:    The maid is caught by Chan Lo's men and tortured (off-screen) into talking. However, Mae finds out and gets away.
• • The ship is run by rough-hewn captain Bull Brackett, well played by Victor McLaglen, who takes a shine to Mae and begins to temper his ways. Boarding later is a young missionary woman, Sister Annie, who shares Mae's cabin. Annie is on her way to Nome to work at a religious settlement house. During the trip they become friends and through Annie's quiet influence Mae begins to change her outlook on life. Mae even begins reading Annie's Good Book.
• • Before they arrive in Nome, the young woman falls sick and dies. Hearing that the police are coming on board to look for Mae (suspected of the killing of Chan Lo!), she exchanges clothes with the deceased and passes herself off as Sister Annie.
• • right out of Frank Capra • •   . . .
• • This was Part 51.  Part 52 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, 27 March 1989 • •
• • Published on Monday, 27 March 1989 was Carol Ward's fascinating book "Mae West: A Bio-bibliography" [Greenwood Press, 241 pages]. Ward's chapters include a biography, an examination of the art of Mae West, and a bibliographical checklist of key Mae West sources.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • For connoisseurs of the subject [of lingerie], Mae West's peignoir and Phyllis Diller's training bra are in the permanent collection of the Frederick's of Hollywood Museum at 6608 Hollywood.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “Love thy neighbor. And if he happens to be tall, debonair, and good looking, it will be that much easier.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British film critic mentioned Mae West.
• • Alistair Cooke wrote:  New York, 27 March 1958. ... There was a funny little cartoon of the movies done by Disney  . . . . There was, thank heaven, Mae West, grunting and sighing as shamelessly in her sixties as she did the night her show was first raided on Broadway.  ...
• • Source: Item noted in Alistair Cooke's column for the Manchester Guardian [U.K.]; published on Friday, 28 March 1958 
• • 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 3668th
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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