Monday, April 03, 2017

Mae West: Settlement Maxims

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 56.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • "Klondike Annie" also went through these cuts, too: • •  
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:    CUTS:  Two songs deleted: the original "I Hear You Knockin' But You Can't Come In" and one called "Medicine Man."
• • CUTS:   A scene that caused controversy when seen in previews: Sister Annie passing away and Mae switching clothes and disguising the corpse with Mae's make-up, down to her beauty mark. The Hollywood Reporter called the scene "particularly distasteful." The action we now see is Mae coming out of her room fully dressed in Annie's garb.
• • CUTS:  Two sailors discussing the need for a wife on long rainy nights.
• • CUTS:   A sequence where Sister Annie gives Mae her book, one that is "filled with wonderful things." The viewer can fully expect this to be the Bible, yet the camera cuts to a close-up of "Settlement Maxims"! It seemed as if the Hays Office was going to extraordinary lengths to keep Mae and God apart.
• • "Klondike Annie" also went through this cut as well: • •   . . .
• • This was Part 56.  Part 57 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Tuesday, 3 April 1934 • •
• • "Refuses to See Mae's Film" • •
• • Oxford, England, April 3rd, 1934 — — Miss L. S. Tawney, Oxford's spinster mayor, refused today an invitation to see Mae West's motion picture, "I'm No Angel," holding that it was objectionable.  "It would not be consistent with the dignity of my office of mayor to see it," she said.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West said she thinks she is a narrow-minded woman. Well, we forgive her. It's the only place she is.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I never understood drinking. It isn't good for your looks, and it cuts down on what you are. I never wanted to cut down on what I am."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Groton Line mentioned Mae West.
• • The Best of (Mae) West Fest: Sunday Cinema at the Library, 2-4 PM, Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 ("My Little Chickadee"). 
• • Enjoy this motion picture from 1940 onscreen, and then be our guest for “W.C. Fields and Mae West” an original play written and performed by the Delvena Theatre Company on Sunday, March 1, 2015  at 2 p.m.  
• • (Snow date: Sunday, March 8) The play is co-sponsored by the Groton Woman’s Club and the library. . . .
• • Source: Item in The Groton Line; published on Friday, 20 February 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 3673rd
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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