Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mae West: Great Creations

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 69.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • "Are ya trying to swindle me?" • •  
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   When one client tries to talk Peaches O'Day down to $200 from her asking price of $300 she asks him, "What are ya tryin' to do, swindle me?" She then gets arrested by police captain Edmund Lowe and deported to Boston! However, she returns, sporting a black wig and French accent as the temperamental singing star from Paris, Madame Fifi. In one number, which she sings in English and French, she includes the line "You must come up and see FiFi" This impersonation is one of her great creations.
• • Madame Fifi can even annoy herself • •
• • Madame Fifi (who often talks about herself in the third person) is so temperamental "she even annoy herself."
• • It's a larger than life role that Mae revels in, and like Mavis Arden in Go West she has fun mocking her own image.
• • In one of the funniest scenes of all • •   . . .
• • This was Part 69.  Part 70 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, 30 April 1956 in N.Y. World-Telegram Sun • •
• • It was on Monday, 30 April 1956 that Robert W. Dana's felicitous coverage of "The Mae West Review" appeared.
• • Robert Dana's popular daily dish "Tips on Tables" was published in the now defunct New York World-Telegram and Sun.
• • His column "Mae West's Show Grows" [dated April 30th] indicated Dana had seen the routine previously at the Latin Quarter Night Club.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's "Sex" trial was good for selling newspapers, therefore, the coverage continued daily.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "He's the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Threatened Death to Mae West" • •
• • Los Angeles, Tuesday — Russell Alexanderson, aged 18, farm boy, convicted of sending extortion notes to Betty Grable, film actress, has been placed on probation for five years. Federal agents charged Alexanderson with demanding $26,000 . . .
• • Source: Item in Gloucester Citizen [Gloucestershire, England]; Tuesday, 20 April 1943
• • 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 3686th
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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• • Mae West • in court in 1927

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