Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mae West: April Woman

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 63.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Zealous Lover Jack LaRue • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   After her song ("On a Tropical Night"), she's followed to her room by jealous lover Jack LaRue. They quarrel and she breaks up with him.  "Drifting Lady" then ends with Mavis choosing to be alone, sending away a second lover and over-dramatically giving him a soliloquy full of saccharine posturing: "Remember me kindly sometime for just a brief moment when April comes around again, with its blue skies and sudden showers. Remember that April woman who drifted into your life as casual as a summer cloud drifts over a green field, and then drifts on again. Go, Philip, go."
• • This brings rapturous applause from the house, and as the curtains close Mavis herself shows up on the stage to thank the preview audience.
• • President of Superfine Productions • •   ...
• • This was Part 63.  Part 64 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Friday, 12 April 1929 in The N.Y. Daily News • •
• • In her popular syndicated column "Texas Guinan Says" Texas had playfully mentioned her friend: "Mae's a good girl at heart — — but she's got a bad heart." Source: The New York Daily News, on Friday, 12 April 1929.
• • On Saturday, 12 April 1930 • •
• • The Wall Street crash in 1929 destroyed the financial security of many families in the entertainment industry. Broadway star Mae West entertained in New York City at the Give-a-Job Benefit on Saturday, 12 April 1930 with many other well-known performers.
• • On Tuesday, 12 April 1949 • •
• • Mae West was at the Park Central Hotel on Seventh Avenue (between West 55th — 56th Streets) in Manhattan on Tuesday, 12 April 1949. News reporters interviewed the actress in her suite.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West told a Hollywood columnist that her autobiography would be published in the autumn — — and its title was going to be "Empress of Sex."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   ”I heard the applause… applause just for me, and I knew they really liked me, and I knew then there wasn’t any other place I ever wanted to be.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A campus daily mentioned Mae West.
• • What the Papers Will Say • •
• • Channing Pollock, well known playwright and author, made an address the other day to the students of Temple University. He claims that everyone connected with Mae West's picture, "I'm No Angel," should be in the penitentiary. All of which proves that Cornell students are very much interested in prison folk.  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Cornell Daily Sun; published on Thursday, 12 April 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 3680th
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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