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 88.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Cameo for George Raft • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote: Alice Cooper has a cameo as a piano-playing room-service waiter. Keith Moon shows up as an over-the-top dress designer, who tells Mae; "That dress is so fantastic that even I would wear it — — in fact I have!"
• • She also insisted on a cameo role for old friend George Raft. The director was Britisher Ken Hughes who'd previously done the hit film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (a title Mae would have had a field day with).
• • The "plot" also dealt with an international peace meeting at the hotel where Mae's character is honeymooning, and leaders turn to Marlo Manners to broker a world-wide peace! (She has tapes of her affairs with various heads of State). In the finale she shows up at their conference singing "Baby Face!" By the end they're all singing along with her, including a look-alike double for Jimmy Carter!
• • critical reviews were withering • • . . .
• • This was Part 88. Part 89 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, 17 May 1935 • •
• • "Goin’ to Town" was released by Paramount Pictures on the weekend — — on Friday, 17 May 1935.
• • On Sunday, 17 May 1936 in Los Angeles • •
• • An article on "Klondike Annie" was in The Los Angeles Times, Sunday, 17 May 1936.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Conway Tearle ended his cinema career being spurned by Mae West's character Rose Carlton in "Klondike Annie."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Canadian newspaper in Ottawa mentioned Mae West.
• • E.W.H. wrote: Thursday, May 16th — — So finished my stint and then to see Mae West In "Goin' to Town," a roaring comedy in which the swaggering, bejeweled, and predatory Mae continues her variations upon the theme that to women love is a "business" and shouldn't be taken seriously, and her practice of eyeing males solely as — — males. Some of her tricks grow tedious, but she is still a striking person. . . .
• • Source: Article by E.W.H. for Ottawa Evening Citizen; published on Friday, 17 May 1935
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