Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Mae West: Western Lite

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 77.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • W.C. Fields made a proposal to Mae • •  
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   However, in September of 1939, W.C. Fields wrote Mae a letter in which he proposed working together. "I have a story, or the epitome of one which I think we could work to our satisfaction . . . I feel we must get together for a chat if we are to make this opus." The opus turned out to be Universal's "My Little Chickadee."  Fresh from their success with Marlene Dietrich and Jimmy Stewart in "Destry Rides Again," Universal was quick to team Fields and West in another light-hearted western.
• • "My, what symmetrical digits!" — — W.C. Fields kissing Mae West's hand in "My Little Chickadee"
• • Mae plays Flower Belle Lee a singer and entertainer who's being chased out of the town of Little Bend for having an affair with a masked bandit. Exiled to the nearby metropolis of Greasewood City she meets up with Fields on a train during an Indian attack!
• • counselor, jackanapes, bartender • •  . . .
• • This was Part 77.  Part 78 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Sunday, 2 May 1982 • •
• • In the United States the bio-pic "Mae West" was shown on TV on Sunday, 2 May 1982. Actress Ann Jillian was cast in the title role. To announce this, Chicago TV Week Magazine put a beautiful photo of Mae on their cover; this issue was dated for May 2nd, too.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • We tossed a kiss to that GREAT show-woman Mae West now shooting "It Ain't No Sin" during the noontime eating in Paramount Studio Cafe with Al Kaufman.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I didn't have to learn about 'bad' women as every woman knows how 'bad' a woman can be if she makes up her mind."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Opening at the Paramount Theatre on June 22 is Jimmy Savo, in conjunction with the tentative premiere of the new Mae West pix "It Ain't No Sin." Jimmy Savo's contract guarantees him a five-week stay at the Broadway house. A. and S. Lyons negotiated the deal ...
• • Source: Item in The Film Daily; published on Saturday, 2 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 3694th
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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/


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• • Mae West • in 1934

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