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 62.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • "Someone's gonna get the short end of the deal . . . and honey it's never me!" — —
Mae West in "Go West Young Man."
• • The Short End of the Deal • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote: Mae was quick to bounce back. She signed a two-picture deal with Cohen, who had started his own company, Major Pictures. She would be paid $300,000 per film. Their first offering appeared to be a safe one, "Go West Young Man," based on a hit Broadway play, that ran for 501 performances. The director was to be reliable pro Henry Hathaway, and the film would feature a new up-and-comer, Randolph Scott. And to her credit Mae goes out of character to play an unsympathetic role, a modern day diva, "Mavis Arden."
• • The film opens promisingly with a premiere of Mavis' new film "Drifting Lady," in which we watch a movie-within-the-movie as Mae is seen singing in a nightclub, backed by Xavier Cugat's band.
• • Zealous Lover Jack LaRue • • . . .
• • This was Part 62. Part 63 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, 11 April 1911 in Milwaukee • •
• • According to Time Magazine: Myrtle Lorraine Sands, a young woman who used to work in Los Angeles, where she had fun spotting film folk in public places, is now in charge of re-indexing the records of births, marriages, and deaths in the office of the County Register of Deeds, Milwaukee.
• • One day last fortnight, when she happened upon Marriage Certificate No. 40553, Myrtle Sands's eyes bulged, her heart jumped. The certificate proclaimed the union of Frank Wallace and Mae West, of Brooklyn, N. Y., April 11, 1911. . . [Time, 6 May 1935].
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West and Frank Wallace (Frank Szatkus) tied the knot on Tuesday, 11 April 1911, but Mae claimed they did not live together. Mae described herself as a kiss-less bride.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The nerve of a brass monkey!"
• • Mae West said: "The gossip about me — — it's all a lot of strudel."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A trade paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Cranes Today staff wrote: German crane rental firm Schmidbauer has helped to erect a 52m tall sculpture, named after the 1930’s Hollywood icon Mae West, on a busy roundabout in Munich. . . .
• • Source: Article: "Mae West cuts a fine figure in Munich" written by Cranes Today staff; for Cranes Today Magazine; published on Monday, 11 April 2011
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
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