• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • critical reviews were withering • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote: An unforgettable moment in film history is when she sings the lyrics to Walter Pigeon! It's that kind of film.
• • Though critical reviews were withering, and even director Hughes called it a "glorious failure," one writer for Films in Review magazine wondered if the critics would have been so harsh if it had starred male octogenarian George Burns throwing one-liners to young females.
• • However, Variety wrote the epitaph: "The best that can be hoped for Sextette, as far as West's reputation is concerned, is that it will be forgotten soon." The film had a hard time finding distribution and quietly faded from sight.
• • Compared to Myra though, this was about as harmless and light-hearted a film as she ever made.
• • pure fun to watch • • . . .
• • This was Part 89. Part 90 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source: Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine; issue dated 5 November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Saturday, 18 May 1912 • •
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Costume designer Travis Banton spoke about beauty standards in motion pictures and the measurements of Mae West, Claudette Colbert, and other top actresses.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It isn't what I do, but how I do it. It isn't what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a movie mentioned Mae West.
• • Reviewing the new screen comedy "Bridesmaids," Carrie Rickey wrote: Instead, I submit Exhibits A through J as proof of Why Women Are Funny:
• • Exhibit A: Mae West calculating Cary Grant's assets while explaining her hobby in She Done Him Wrong: "It was a toss-up whether I went out for diamonds or sang in the choir. The choir lost." ...
• • Source: Article: "Bridesmaids, why women are funny, and who makes you laugh?" written by Carrie Rickey for Philly.com; posted on Wednesday, 18 May 2011
• • 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 3706th 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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