Monday, May 29, 2017

Mae West: Fire-Proof Type

It was 1931 and a pre-Paramount MAE WEST was touring in her very controversial Harlem play, with a bi-racial cast. Let's take in a long review to see the view from the front row. This is Part 1.
• • Red Hot Sin — — Man the Boats, Women, and Babies First! • •
• • "The Constant Sinner" — Constant Productions, Inc., presents a dramatization of Mae West's novel of the same name with a cast including Mae West. Adele Gilbert, Donald Kirke, Russell Hardie, Walter Glass, Arthur R. Vinton, George Givot, Walter Petrie, and Rudolph Toombs. 
• • Since the powers that run The Standard Union have not seen fit to equip it with asbestos paper and fire-proof type, I am, unfortunately, unable to do justice here to "The Constant Sinner," a cheerful little something from the pen of Mae West, which found its way down 45th Street into the Royale Theatre last night, with the author in the leading (and title) role.
• • It was viewed at Brighton Beach • •  . . .
• • This was Part 1.  Part 2 will continue tomorrow.
• • Source:  Review in Standard Union; published on Tuesday, 15 September 1931.
• • On Wednesday, 29 May 1935 in Variety • •
• • Frank Wallace timed his wedding revelations to coincide with the release of his former spouse's latest motion picture. Bad publicity had already paved this road, thanks to Joseph Breen's tantrums over the screenplay for "Goin' to Town" — — and Mae West watchers probably cared less about Wallace's wailing than the Hollywood hatchet man's cuts. 
• • Could Breen have ruined the movie?  
• • Thanks to Mae's large and loyal fan base, "Goin' to Town" did big box office, reported Variety on Wednesday, 29 May 1935.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Five Star rating for Mae West, who stars as "Diamond Lil" at the Paramount.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "White men can't play black music."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California daily mentioned Mae West.
• • It was, in short, a little rough even for a hardened character like little old I. The cops once closed "The Captive" which was a serious study of a serious subject in San Francisco; and the gendarmes in New York once tossed Mae West into the workhouse . . . .
• • Source: Item in the Oakland Tribune; published on Friday, 29 July 1955
• • 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 3713th
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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