Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Mae West: Jackanapes, Bartender

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 78.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • counselor, jackanapes, bartender • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:  Swept away by her appearance, he proposes marriage, "I'll be all things to you, father, mother, husband, counselor, jackanapes, bartender." Mae, spotting his satchel brimming with cash, she tells him, "I'll take you, and how." (The money later turns out to be fake).
• • Arriving in Greasewood, Mae fends off Fields' attempts to consummate their marriage, while renewing her affair with the masked bandit, all the while trying to make herself at home in her new town. In one typically Westian scene she takes over a schoolroom full of rowdy boys and teaches them a few things about the "maths" of life. She tells them "A man has $100. You leave him with $2. Now that's subtraction!" And spotting a lesson on the blackboard saying "I am a good man, I am a good girl, I am a good boy," she says "What is this, propaganda?"
• • Pal-Y with Willie of the Valley • •  . .  .
• • Note: A jackanapes is a smart-mouthed, rascally person.
• • This was Part 78.  Part 79 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Tuesday, 3 May 1938 • •
• • On Tuesday, 3 May 1938, the Hollywood Reporter carried coverage about the Mae West movie "Klondike Annie."
• • On Sunday, 3 May 1959 • •
• • For "The Dean Martin Show," broadcast Sunday night on 3 May 1959, his chosen guest stars were Mae West and Bob Hope.  "Dean's guest ace on May 3rd will be Mae West, normally a reluctant TV participant," said one newspaper columnist. Timex was Dean's sponsor.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Due in large part to gangster threats, Mae West will not leave Hollywood on a personal appearance tour on completion of her next Paramount pix.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "She who laughs lasts."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "They Are Giving This Little Girl a Big Hand!" • •
• • Only two other pictures have been held this long at the New York Paramount and both of these have been Mae West pictures.  ...
• • Source: Item in The Film Daily; published on Friday, 8 June 1934 
• • 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 3695th
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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