Friday, May 12, 2017

Mae West: Intimate Parts

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 85.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • intimate parts of the body • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  Even the Hays office didn't have much to say about it: The dance numbers should have no "offensive suggestiveness in gesture or movement" and "the intimate parts of the body should be covered at all times." And the song lyrics were combed (as always) for double entendres, such as the deleted "I like a man who takes his time." Breen cuts were routine by now and raised no major objections. Mae's war with the censors was basically over.
• • "It's been a long day. I just need to get in bed. If that doesn't work, I'll try sleeping." — — Leticia Van Allen
• • Her next film would be 27 years later, in 1970. The Breen office was gone, replaced by the Production Code and its G, PG, R, and X ratings. Times had shifted radically. The X-rated trans-sexual comedy Myra Breckenridge (later trimmed to R) featured 77 year old Mae in the role of libidinous Hollywood talent agent Leticia Van Allen, "Boys get your resumes out!"
• • "Hard To Handle" • •  . . .
• • This was Part 85.  Part 86 will appear on Monday. 
• • Final excerpt: to be posted on May 23rd, 2017.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Wednesday, 12 May 1971 • •
• • On Wednesday, 12 May 1971 Mae West, UCLA’s Woman of the Century, spoke to students after a screening of her 1933 classic movie “I’m No Angel.”
• • On Tuesday, 12 May 1998 • •
• • The record album "Mae Day: Masquers Club Salutes Mae West" was released on Tuesday, 12 May 1998 on the label Bacchus. The original recording date was on 14 April 1973.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Paramount has once again changed the title of the Mae West picture from "Don't Call Me Madame" to "I Am No Angel." Miss West is now in Santa Barbara, writing her dialogue for the script written by Claude Binyon and Frank Butler.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Tired of all those jokes about my figure and my 'man' talk? No. If people expect me to be the same off-stage — — why I call that flattery."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New York Daily News discussed the 1911 marriage of Mae West.
• • Frank Wallace told a local reporter:  "I couldn't sleep the night before I married Mae West. She had promised herself to me. Tomorrow we were to be man and wife."  . . .
• • Source: Interview in The New York Daily News; published on Sunday, 12 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 3702nd
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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