Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mae West: Old Impudence

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 67.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Selecting a hit Broadway play backfired • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   Cohen was in no position to fight back and quickly gave in to the changes. One jab at Breen that may have snuck by was a scene with one of the inn workers talking about Mavis' latest picture: "And then she's on a yacht with this rich banker, I don't know how she met him . . . You know how they cut these pictures these days."
• • Though the film made a profit, it met with a disappointing box office. Graham Greene, then writing for the British Spectator magazine summed it up when he wrote that the plot was "incredibly tedious." and even "the wisecracks lack the old impudence." 
• • However, Cohen and company still had backing from Paramount to release another film and he and Mae chose an idea she had come up with.
• • "Every Day's a Holiday" seemed to have revived her spirits • •  . . .  
• • This was Part 67.  Part 68 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, 18 April 1935 • •
• • "Mae West Wants Everything to Be Clean" • •
• • Mae West told a foreign journalist: "I'm for clean pictures and clean everything."
• • Source: Article in The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld); published on Thursday, 18 April 1935.
• • On Friday, 18 April 1969 in Life Magazine • •
• • Nationally, the news racks on Friday, 18 April 1969 held the iconic issue of Life Magazine with Mae West front and center [1969 cover price: 40 cents].
• • On page 60 was this headline: "Mae West: A Cherished, Bemusing Masterpiece of Self–Preservation Plans a Movie and a TV Show and Looks Back Over 75 Very Full Years" — — and Life's exclusive interview was done by veteran news man Richard Meryman. Reflecting on his 20 hours of conversations with the screen legend, Richard Meryman acknowledged with admiration Mae's "mind-spinning version of the world."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's a gorgeous comedienne, blasphemous to Hollywood in her burlesque of its glorification of sex.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I avoid anything that's going to upset me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • "Mae West Comeback Hollywood" was the headline in a Brisbane, Australia publication during the month of April in 1954. A brief item was printed on page 14.
• • The Sunday Mail wrote: Mae West is rumoured to be coming back to the screen in a farcical comedy with actor George Raft. Old-timers will remember that they played together for Paramount Pictures once before in a New York City speakeasy epic entitled "Night After Night' in 1932. ...     
• • Source: News Item: Sunday Mail (Brisbane, Australia); published on Sunday, 18 April 1954  
• • 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 3684th
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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/


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