Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mae West: In Trouble

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 83.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Cleaning up The Great White Way • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  Also in the mix is a censorship group (led by the always reliable Almira Sessions) out to clean up the Great White Way, a young singing ingenue looking for her first break (her boyfriend was played by newcomer Lloyd Bridges), and various musical numbers interspersed to fill out the running time.
• • Realizing the movie was in trouble and had been ill-conceived, Mae tried to bail out, but "Ratoff pleaded in three languages." To save him from financial ruin she stayed, with the caveat that she could write her own part, "I had this idea I could doll up the script, but there wasn't time . . ."
• • She slipped in her quips • •  . . .
• • This was Part 83.  Part 84 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Friday, 10 May 1935 • •
• • On Friday, 10 May 1935 Frank Wallace filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, California against Mae West declaring she was damaging his reputation and his professional standing by denying they had wed.  The movie star spent quite a long time continuing to deny it.
• • On Friday, 10 May 1935 in NYC • •
• • On Friday, 10 May 1935, "Goin' to Town" opened in Mae West's hometown at the New York Paramount.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Jazz singer Sylvia Syms, recalling her first stage role, said Mae West picked her out of a nightclub act in New York in 1949. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'll keep talking myself out of marriage as long as I'm in the pictures."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "That Mae West was no angel" • •
• • Does any responsible mother these days still call her child 'Mae'? Not that Mae West can ever really have been a child. When she was just 11 as she tells it, anyhow she was already a woman to look at. Boys in Brooklyn used to fight over her. Thus was fixed, early and gratifyingly, the pattern of her lifelong relations with the male sex. All she had to add was a dimension of comedy.  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Evening Standard; published on Tuesday, 9 May 2000  
• • Image: from a German film poster. This very popular Paramount comedy, starring Mae West, played all over Europe, Australia, and New Zealand as well as in the USA and Canada.
• • 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 3700th
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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