Monday, April 24, 2017

Mae West: Tall, Tan, Tired

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 71.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Louis Armstrong recalled this years later • •  
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   Recalled Armstrong years later, "Miss West went to the head of Paramount and told them they'd better hire me or else . . ." He and his band play a rousing Hoagy Carmichael tune, "Jubilee," during the parade. The movie was released with high hopes. However, Mae's opportunity to regain her audience was suddenly hampered by a little man made of wood.
• • Legion of Decency Drive Impends on Radio "Sacrilege" — — Hollywood Reporter, 17 December 1937
• • She had agreed to appear on The Chase and Sanborn Hour on radio in a comedy sketch about Adam and Eve with Edgar Bergen and his little dummy Charlie McCarthy. Mae was to play Eve, of course, Don Ameche was Adam, and Charlie was the snake! The skit opens with the couple arguing. Eve calls Adam "Tall, tan and tired" and complains to him about being bored in the Garden of Eden.
• • Adam is tall, tan, and tired • •  . . .
• • This was Part 71.  Part 72 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Wednesday, 24 April 1935 • •
• • Mae West Impatient as 'Marriages' List Grows • •

• • Hollywood, April 24 [United Press] — — Mae West, curvesome lady of the screen, today called for a showdown to settle the somewhat confusing question of her spinsterhood. "I've got a sense of humor," she said. "Nobody can say I haven't. But this thing is going too far."  . . .
• • Source: United Press interview rpt in San Bernardino Sun; published on Thursday, 25 April 1935.
• • On Thursday, 24 April 2008 • •
• • Goldmine Magazine featured Mae West on Thursday, 24 April 2008.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • With Mae West, the cops were in there (on the set) all the time.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I never get friendly with the men on the set. The worst woman in pictures has to be careful."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The United Press mentioned Mae West.
• • "Frank Wallace Tells of Mae West Marriage" • •
• • New York, April 24 [United Press] — Frank Wallace, a bald, middle-aged “hoofer,” admitted today that he was the original husband of Mae West. He married her in Milwaukee back in 1911.
• • “Mae wasn’t a blonde in those days,” he said. “The Mae I married in Milwaukee was a classy brunette, and as for those curves, she was more on the lean style.”
• • Source: Page 1 Item by United Press (syndicated); published on Wednesday, 24 April 1935 
• • 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 3688th
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
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