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 72.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Adam is tall, tan, and tired • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote: As Eve puts it, she wants a chance to "expand my personality." Adam reminds her she was one of his ribs and she replies, "A rib once but 'm beefin' now!"
• • Eve Is Bored • •
• • She's bored "down to my marriage certificate" and wants to leave the Garden. Adam tells her the only option is to "break the lease" by tasting of the forbidden fruit. At this point Adam leaves to go fishing!
• • Eve meets serpent Charlie McCarthy, "Hello dark and slinky" — — and tells him to get an apple from the tree, "Get me a big one, I feel like doin' a Big Apple." At this point you can hear the audience cheer and applaud. Adam returns and is hungry but instead of a bowl of "fig soup" Mae feeds him "what women will feed men for the rest of time: apple sauce." Having now lost Eden, Adam and Eve notice each other's physical assets.
• • The Original Kiss • • . . .
• • This was Part 72. Part 73 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, 25 April 1935 • •
• • It was on a Thursday that Mae West's latest motion picture was released in the USA.on Thursday, 25 April 1935.
• • An enormous international cast was assembled to do justice to Mae West's ambitious screenplay "Now I'm a Lady" centered around the main character Cleo Borden, who wishes to be part of the tony horsey set. Script approval was granted, at last, by the Hays Commission on Monday, 1 April 1935. Produced by Emanuel Cohen Productions (as Major Pictures), the 74-minute comedy was released on 25 April 1935 under the new title "Goin' to Town."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's appeal, via a trailer made in Hollywood, for support of the Cinema Benevolent Fund, was a sensation in this town.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have had to do my share of outsmarting men through necessity."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Brooklyn daily mentioned Mae West.
• • One of our pals had a most embarrassing experience a couple of months ago and just told us about it. He was at a theatrical club luncheon. A hefty gentleman came rushing in at the last moment and was hurriedly seated at our friend's table. In the excitement, our pal didn't catch the introductions.
• • Halfway through the luncheon the talk got around to Mae West. "What do you think of her?" our pal was asked. "Oh," he" replied, with a shrug, "she's all right, I suppose. But a couple more pictures like her last one and she'll be all washed up. What junk!"
• • There was a strained silence thereafter. It wasn't until the luncheon had ended that our pal's growing suspicions were confirmed. The hefty gentleman who had arrived in such a hurry was none other than Jim Timony, Mae West's manager! . . .
• • Source: Item in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle [Brooklyn, NY]; published on Tuesday, 10 April 1934
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