Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mae West: A Large Sum

In July 1970, The Australian Women's Weekly discussed MAE WEST and her eagerly awaited return to the silver screen in a lengthy, unhurried article.  This is Part 5.
• • She's NOT Myra Breckinridge, but Mae Gets the Top Billing • •
• • The husky voice that sent men  into emotional nip-ups • •   
• • Don Prince wrote:   The husky voice that greets you is the same that long ago sent such leading men as Cary Grant, Gary Cooper [sic], and even W. C. Fields into emotional nip-ups; although in the case of "My Little Chickadee" it was reported, at the time, that there were more nips than ups on Mr. Fields' part.  
• • "Pleased t' meet you!" she says, and even this statement carries an innuendo, as she sets herself on the dimpled white settee. She pats it with  her hand. "Sit down. I do some of my best work on this couch."
• • Feeling like the boy in "The Catcher in the Rye,"  I accede and the interview begins.
• • It was for a very large sum of money that Miss West decided to return to motion pictures after an absence of a quarter of a century, and play her role in Gore Vidal's trans-sexual story.
• • Producer Robert Fryer • •  . . .
• • This was Part 5. This article continues on Monday with Part 6.
• • Source: Article "Mae Gets Top Billing" written by Don Prince for The Australian Women's Weekly; published on Wednesday, 1 July 1970.
• • On Monday, 19 July 1937 • •
• • The headline was "Mr. Mae West" when Time Magazine ran with this embarrassing exposure (in their issue dated for 19 July 1937) — — Last week in Superior Court in Los Angeles it was as obvious as Mae West's best curves that Mr. Mae West had taken her advice. Even her most devoted fans chortled when they read that her now-admitted hoofer husband's real name is not Wallace but Willities or Szatkus and that the Szatkus family always knew her as Mamie. "Mrs. Mamie Szatkus" was scarcely box-office for glamorous Mae West.  ... [Where's my air-bag? I feel a szatkus coming on!]
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It was a long, hot summer wrestling with the Hays Office over the script for "Klondike Annie."  Mae West and Paramount got more bad news from the censors.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "You only live once but, if you do it right, once is enough."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in The Mason City Globe Gazette mentioned Mae West.
• • Dorothy Roe, Associated Press Fashion Writer, explained from her desk in New York that the American bustline comes into its own again in the previews of fall fashions being staged this week for the nations press.    
• • Mae West Pockets • •
• • Mae West pockets are the device adopted by Pauline Trigere to accent Hollywood's favorite curves. Mae West pockets are distended pockets placed just above the bustline for added illusion ...
• • Source: Article: "Bustline Back to Its Own, Say Stylists" written by Dorothy Roe for syndication; published on Wednesday, 12 July 1950
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. Not long ago, 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 thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the
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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