Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mae West: Slipped By

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 43.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • New Censor's Scissors in Town • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   If there was any proof of the new scissors in town, it could be seen with "It Ain't No Sin." With battle scars and all, however, the film made over $2 million at the box office. But the title had to be changed to "Belle of the Nineties" due to pressure from religious groups demanding to know what "It" meant.
• • Movie dialog that slipped by the censors in "Goin' to Town" — —
• • Mae: For a long time I was ashamed of the way I lived.
• • Cowboy: You mean to say you reformed?
• • Mae: No, I got over being ashamed.
• • Her next picture is what I consider her best of the Breen era, and it's one in which she tried to conform to the Hays' edicts as much as possible (with certain exceptions like the lines above), without substantially changing her persona.
• • "Goin' to Town" — — screwball • •    ...
• • This was Part 43.  Part 44 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Thursday, 15 March 1934 in Los Angeles • •
• • The soundtrack to the motion picture "Belle of the Nineties" was recorded at Hollywood Paramount Studios in L.A. On Thursday, 15 March 1934, Mae West did the vocals for "When a Saint Louis Woman Comes to Town" backed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.
• • "Belle of the Nineties" was in production from 19 March 1934 until June 1934.
• • On Friday, 15 March 1940 in the USA • •
• • The Western-style comedy "My Little Chickadee" went into general release on Friday, 15 March 1940 in the United States.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West had a special fondness for native New Yorkers, vaudevillians, and African-Americans, and Nick Stewart was all of those.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Camp is the kinda comedy where they imitate me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British book reviewer mentioned Mae West.
• • All the fun of the fair • •
• • William Leith wrote:  When, in puritanical times, Eve took a dip in the ratings, people began to portray her as a blonde: Eve the seducer, the hussy. (Centuries later, she was played in this spirit by Mae West, who said, ‘Would you, honey, like to try this apple?’)  . . .
• • Source: Book Review in The Spectator [U.K.]; published on Saturday, 15 March 2003
• • 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 3660th
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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