Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Mae West: Required Cuts

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 58.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Mae frequented the Church of Christ the King in Hollywood • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  These visits were "restful and inspirational" and part of her "searching for the greater hope of all humanity; a search for God . . . and questions of life after death . . . I state all this the best I know how, in the language given to me, and I record it honestly."
• • When "Klondike Annie" opened in New York, Paramount slipped in the unedited version, but word got back to Breen who ordered it pulled with all required cuts restored, and this is the version we now have, with the running time at a brisk 79 minutes.
• • Upon release of the picture, Hearst wasted no time in attacking it, going so far as to send a memo to his editors; "DO NOT mention Mae West in our papers again while she is on the screen."
• • a mistress to an Oriental, a murderess, an imitation missionary • • . . .
• • This was Part 58.  Part 59 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, 5 April 1928 • •

• • The play "Diamond Lil" was making its debut. "You'd have thought that a favorite bootlegger had come back from Atlanta," wrote drama critic Robert Garland in the New York Evening Telegram on Monday, 5 April 1928. "[Mae] makes Miss Ethel Barrymore look like the late lamented Bert Savoy."
• • On Monday, 5 April 1954 • •
• • The death of James Timony on Monday, 5 April 1954 was announced in The L.A. Times on April 6th. Mae was prostrated by grief at the death of her long-term companion, the man who guided her rise to fame and fortune.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In "My Little Chickadee" Mae West portrays a woman of you-know-what repute who handles a six-shooter as easily as a fingernail polisher.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "The best way to hold a man is in your arms."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British author mentioned Mae West.
• • South Downs Way 3: Some of his commissions were given to Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, which is now home to the Dali sofa shaped like Mae West’s lips. . . .
• • Source: Item in "Sussex Wanderings"; posted on Sunday, 3 May 2015
• • 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 3675th
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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