Friday, May 05, 2017

Mae West: Did Not Spark

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 80.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Did Not Get Along • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  Mae and W.C. Fields didn't get along particularly well, though they managed to compliment one another in print.
• • Knowing of his drinking problems, Mae told Universal that if Fields showed up inebriated she'd walk off the set. He did so once, and she walked. It never occurred again. And though their scenes together didn't spark any magic, the movie made more money than most W.C. Fields pictures.
• • embarrassing moments • •
• • The reviews were a mixed bag.
• • Variety wrote, "Story limps but laughs are plenty" while the L.A. Examiner chided it for "embarrassing moments." The problem with the censors seemed to have been negligible, reduced to nit-picking about costumes and a few lines of dialogue.
• • But the finale is unforgettable • •  . . .
• • This was Part 80.  Part 81 will appear on Monday.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Saturday, 5 May 1934 • •
• • "Mae West Arrives" was the headline on page 11 in Queensland's Morning Bulletin on Saturday, 5 May 1934.  A host of compliments ran, like a elegant train, behind her.
• • Morning Bulletin wrote: Mae West makes you greedy. When you see "She Done Him Wrong" you want more and more of Mae. She is like the most thrilling serial story in the world.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • With the start of his new contract as an independent associate producer for Paramount on June 1st, William LeBaron will take over completely the buildings now occupied by the Charles R. Rogers Company. LeBaron is to have his own units of writers, directors and stars, and will make all future Mae West pictures.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "So the men rule the world and  the women rule the men — — though they don't know it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Many Stars to Be in Temple Israel Show • •
• • Mae West and George Jessel will headline a monster benefit to be given for Temple Israel, of Hollywood, next Saturday midnight. Samuel J. Briskin, of Columbia, is president of the Temple. The show will be in the Fox Pantages. Also on the bill are  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Film Daily; published on Saturday, 8 April 1933 
• • 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 3697th
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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