Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mae West: Overshadowed

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 84.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • She slipped in her quips • • 
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   She was able, however, to slip in some of her quips. When asked by a shady show producer, "Doesn't your conscience bother you?" She answers, "No, it amuses me." And when censor-prone Almira Sessions tells her: "My relatives came over on the Mayflower!" Mae retorts: "That's okay, they have immigration laws now."
• • Mae, now 50, looked terrific. She had lost weight and her new hair-style reminded one critic of "early Betty Grable." Her two songs were also well featured, even if they were overshadowed by two numbers with jazz artist Hazel Scott.
• • When the film came out it was poorly received by both critics and audiences. Mae had been used so little that Lloyd Bridges commented, "It was curious, but I never saw her."
• • intimate parts of the body • •  . . .
• • This was Part 84.  Part 85 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, 11 May 1935 • •
• • Movie critic Andre Sennwald offered his review of "Goin' to Town," starring Mae West, to the readers of The New York Times on page 21 on Saturday, 11 May 1935.
• • On Friday, 10 May 1935, this new motion picture opened in Mae's hometown at the New York Paramount.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Claude Binyon and Frank Butler will write the screen play of Mae West's next Paramount picture. "Barnum's Million Dollar Beauty."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Women did better when they required a lot more attention from men, more waiting on. In the old days, even the "bad women" were at least glamourous. Glamourous — — you know what I mean? Such woman today are just plain cheap. They're not even good chiselers."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A NYC daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Lori Ettlinger Gross explained: The years covered by the exhibition, 1890 to 1940, were arguably the most innovative in jewelry design. Venerable houses and ambitious designers vied for the necks of socialites and celebrities. Success and the wealth that follows create their own self-determination. Take Mae West, for example, who bought a casket’s worth of Beaux-Art jewels and transformed herself into Diamond Lil. ...
• • Source: Article: "The Bling Factor | ‘American Woman’ at the Met" written by Lori Ettlinger Gross for The N.Y. Times; posted on Tuesday, 11 May 2010
• • 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 3701st
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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1 comment:

  1. Mae West really looked great and it is a total shame that Hollywood didn't see fit to cast her in more contemporary fare in the mid 1940's. Mae still wanted to present the "Mae West" image and this ultimately worked against her. Happily, she managed to keep her name alive by her stage work during this period.