It was 1931 and a pre-Paramount MAE WEST was touring in her very controversial Harlem play, with a bi-racial cast. Let's take in a long review to see the view from the front row. This is Part 3.
• • Red Hot Sin — — Man the Boats, Women, and Babies First! • •
• • Three Acts and Sixteen Scenes • •
• • It takes just three acts and 16 scenes for "The Constant Sinner" to relieve itself.
• • During this time, the well-known Babe Gordon has acquired no less than three lovers, a husband, one murder, and a number of plain and fancy high-lights. Far be it from me to divulge the plot, but in the interests of fair play and no hitting in the clinches, I must inform you that Harlem and Riverside Drive meet one another in various bedrooms.
• • Things being what they are, I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if "The Constant Sinner" didn't turn out to be the first real hit of the new season. There is, of course, a good deal of filth that could have been tossed in the most convenient ash can, but Mae West has a way of delivering filth that makes it seem funny and gives it some small excuse for being. "The Constant Sinner," at least, does not leer or peep through keyholes.
• • Her undulating canter and distinctive manner of speech • • . . .
• • This was Part 3. Part 4 will continue tomorrow.
• • Source: Review in Standard Union; published on Tuesday, 15 September 1931.
• • On Monday, 31 May 1999 • •
• • There was a 30-minute episode "Mae West" on TV's E! Mysteries and Scandals: Season 2, Episode 14. It aired on Monday, 31 May 1999.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West never goes to night clubs. She isn't a time-killer and she isn't a show-off. She never goes out, as some stars do, wearing fetchingly scanty attire. For that matter, she seldom appears in public at all without the constant "chaperonage" of her manager.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'd never marry a man who drinks to excess, or one who cannot carry his liquor like a gentleman. For one reason, the man I marry has got to be interested, not in liquor, but in Mae West!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A syndicated columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • "Dorothy Kilgallen Reports on Broadway" • •
• • Dorothy Kilgallen wrote: Mae West’s muscle men have trouble finding hotel beds big enough for their bulging frames. One of them, George Eiferman, was knocked out for five’ minutes the other night when he banged his head trying to get arranged for a cozy snooze, suffered a lump the size of an ostrich egg . . .
• • Source: Item in The Voice of Broadway by Dorothy Kilgallen; published on Thursday, 4 November 1954
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