Friday, May 19, 2017

Mae West: Ferally Innocent

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 90.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • pure fun to watch • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   She has a hard time moving about at times, her dialogue is slower than usual, and there are embarrassing moments, but also segments that are pure fun to watch. Perhaps Time Magazine summed it up best, calling it "a work so bad, so ferally innocent, that it is good, an instant classic . . . Mae West is her own best invention and no one believes it or enjoys it more than she herself."
• • "Come Up and Shoe Me Sometime"  — —  Mr. Ed
• • After her 1943 film The Heat Is On Mae had spent the rest of her active life touring with her plays Diamond Lil and Catherine the Great (she had always had an interest in the Russian ruler), and developing a Las Vegas act.
• • The Most Popular  • •  . . .
• • This was Part 90. Part 91 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 Wednesday, 19 May 1948 • •
• • Mae West and Jim Timony boarded the Queen Mary on Saturday, 15 May 1948 at Southampton, England for a return voyage to New York City, arriving in their home port on Wednesday, 19 May 1948.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is threatened with contempt of court proceedings. Not because she appeared in court in Hollywood in blue lounge pyjamas, but because she is alleged to have refused to say whether she had been married or divorced.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I never kissed a man in my plays, and seldom on the screen. I always felt that the look before the kiss was more important than the kiss itself."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A daily in Utah mentioned Mae West.
• • The Ogden Standard-Examiner wrote:   Meanwhile, the actress made it known she still was "burned up" over claims made by her "husbands" who have been identifying themselves as Mr. Mae West in various parts of the country. 
• • "I'll have to meet them all some time," Mae West said.     . . .
• • Source: Syndicated column rpt by The Ogden Standard-Examiner; published on Sunday, 19 May 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 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3707th
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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