Monday, June 26, 2017

Mae West: Male Harem

On Thursday, 5 June 1952, MAE WEST was in the news with an announcement of her upcoming film "The Male Harem," a frisky costume drama.   Unfortunately, it was not to be. But let's read about it and contemplate what might have been.
• • 'Male Harem' Script Returns Mae West's Name to Lights • •
• • In Hollywood by Erskine Johnson, NEA Staff Correspondent • • 
• • Hollywood — (NEA) — Exclusively Yours: Mae West has finally found the movie script that will bring her back to the screen — "The Male Harem," by Jerry Adelman.
• • Erskine Johnson added: It's a story about a zippy British duchess who's captured by pirates in 1799, turns buccaneer herself, and captures the handsomest men who sail the seas as her love prisoners.  Finally, the handsomest man alive is absolutely free to pop the marriage question.  Wow!
• • Source: item in The Register-News [Mt. Vernon, Illinois]; published on Thursday, 5 June 1952.
• • Note:  Screenwriter  Jerry Adelman [10 January 1910 — 22 November 1980] did get other TV and film projects made before he died in Los Angeles at age 70 — — but not "The Male Harem."  Coincidentally, he and Mae share a death date.
• • On Wednesday, 26 June 1935 • •
• • The 8-minute cartoon "Who Killed Cock Robin?" was released on 26 June 1935 in the USA. Loverboy Robin is crooning to a Mae West-like Jenny Wren when he is shot with an arrow.
• • Actress Martha Wentworth [2 June 1889 — 8 March 1974] was the voice of Jenny Wren.  Wentworth also did Mae's voice in "The Mae West Jewel Robbery," which made its radio debut on 21 February 1934.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The venerable Miss West, who turns 77 in August, looked years younger on her first visit to New York in 14 years. A swirl of platinum hair cascaded to the shoulders of her pink and white pants suit, encasing a full but disciplined figure.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I always say, keep a diary and someday it’ll keep you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West is so close to a filmed TV series that the suspense is killing everybody concerned. Bill LeBaron, who coaxed Mae West to Paramount studio and guided her career for years, is behind the TV set-up.  . . .
• • Source: Item in San Bernardino Sun; published on Wednesday, 15 July 1953 
• • 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 3733rd
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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