Thursday, June 01, 2017

Mae West: King of Harlem

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 4, the last excerpt.
• • Red Hot Sin — — Man the Boats, Women, and Babies First! • •
• • Her undulating canter and distinctive manner of speech • •
• • It is neither more nor less than it pretends to be, and it doesn't pretend to be "A Modern Virgin," hiding behind moralistic skirts.
• • The performers give an extremely good account of themselves.
• • Miss West is, of course, Miss West. Her undulating canter and distinctive manner of speech remain exclusively her own. George Givot, who sang and pranced in Earl Carroll's "Sketch Book" not so long ago, puts on the blackface and does well as the policy king of Harlem. Russell Hardie is fine as the middleweight champion. Walter Petrie is cultured and passionate by turns. Arthur R. Vinton is a superior sort of fight manager. The others, more than you can count, do all that could be expected of them.
• • What action the police will take about this one is problematical, and I wouldn't care to express an opinion about that.  Mae West, however, has had ample experience with the gentlemen in blue uniforms, and she probably knows what she's doing, or I hope so!
• • This was Part 4, the conclusion.
• • Source:  Review in Standard Union; published on Tuesday, 15 September 1931.
• • On Tuesday, 1 June 1999 • •
• • In VHS format, the 60-minute TV movie "Intimate Portrait: Mae West" [1999] was released on Tuesday, 1 June 1999.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West doted on sailors — — and several actors portrayed men in military garb in her stage plays and motion pictures.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Keep a diary — — and one day it'll keep you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A syndicated columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • "Dorothy Kilgallen Reports on Broadway" • •
• • Dorothy Kilgallen wrote:    Sports-loving Mae West has taken over the managing of an up and coming young heavyweight, Joe Leo. She thinks he’ll be another Gene Tunney. and it’ll be fun even if he isn’t.  ...
• • Source: Item in The Voice of Broadway by Dorothy Kilgallen;  published on Thursday, 3 March 1955
• • 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 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3716th
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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