Thursday, May 04, 2017

Mae West: Rowdy Patron

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 79.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Pal-Y with Willie of the Valley • •   
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote: Mae also got to sing one song, "Willie of the Valley" with the unforgettable lyric "this filly got pal-y with Willie of the valley."
• • W.C. Fields has one of his best moments in a sequence as a bartender regaling a customer with a story about a rowdy female patron named "Chicago Molly" who made him swallow a "melange of succotash, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, and asparagus with mayonnaise." He subsequently threw her out but she returned, beating up him and another bartender! But, as Fields is quick to point out, she had help from another woman — — "I believe she was an elderly lady with gray hair."
• • Did Not Get Along • •  . . .
• • This was Part 79.  Part 80 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, 4 May 1935 • •
• • A Los Angeles Times columnist noted on Saturday, 4 May 1935, that the news about Mae West's secret marriage to Frank Wallace had "chased Hitler, the NRA, and the quintuplets off the front page of every newspaper in America for two weeks."
• • On Sunday, 4 May 1969 • •
• • Reporter Whitney Bolton wrote an article, a first person remembrance: "Critic Impressed by Mae West Role of Siren at Seance."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West has bought "Me and the King" as her next Paramount picture after "Queen of Sheba" by David Boehm.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "If we can send a man to the moon, why don’t we send all of 'em?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Paramount's Theatre Crew Get Their Notice • •
• • New York — The employees of the Paramount Theatre have received their two weeks notice in anticipation of the possible dropping of the stage shows and the institution of a lower price scale.
• • This may not eventuate, however, as yesterday's good business with Mae West has raised hopes In the executive breasts and the definite decision has been postponed.  ...
• • Source: Item in The Film Daily; published on Friday, 10 February 1933 
• • 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 3696th
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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