Thursday, September 07, 2017

Mae West: Breaking Tradition

During her birthday week, MAE WEST inspired a few tribute articles. This is one you do not want to miss.
• • "Way Out West: Classic Lines from Hollywood’s Diamond Lil" • •
• • Written by Robert Cashill for • •
• • Trailblazing Hollywood legend Mae West was born on August  17, 1893. To celebrate the outspoken leading lady, here is a look at some of her classic movie lines that left audiences wanting more.  This is part 4 of Mr. Cashill's article.
• • "I'm No Angel"  (1933) • •
• • Robert Cashill wrote:   Mae West’s follow-up was the biggest hit of its year, one that staved off bankruptcy for Depression-wracked Paramount Pictures. Grant co-starred, as Jack, a wealthy suitor for Tira, another of West’s singers of relaxed morals. Gertrude Howard is Beulah, Tira’s maids, and the recipient of an oft-quoted line, “Beulah, peel me a grape.” (Again breaking with tradition and attracting controversy, West hired a number of black performers for her stage shows and films.)
• • Tira: “It’s not the men in your life that counts, it’s the life in your men.”
• • Jack: “You were wonderful tonight.”
• • Tira: “Yeah, I’m always wonderful at night.”
• • Jack: “Tonight, you were especially good.”
• • Tira: “Well, when I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad…I’m better.”
• • And, reworking and perfecting her line from her prior hit, West says her immortal “Come up and see me sometime.”
• • "Belle of the Nineties" (1934) • •  . . .
• • This was Part 4. Part 5 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source: Article written by Robert Cashill for; published on Tuesday, 15 August  2017.
• • On Wednesday, 7 September 1949 • •
• • The "Diamond Lil" revival enjoyed great success at the venerable Plymouth Theatre [236 West 45th Street]. It opened there on Wednesday, 7 September 1949 — — and had four months of performances (182 performances) on Broadway.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Mae West and Ten Good Men" written by Jerry Boswell was staged at Yellow Springs Center Stage until Friday, 7 September 2001.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "When you're a star, you don't get much time for conversation, unless it's part of a scene."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian publication discussed how popular Mae West was.
• • "Grand Theatre — Second Week for Mae West" • •
• • Film World wrote: Only films that prove more than usually popular are permitted to occupy the screen for two weeks at the Grand Theatre and, naturally, the Mae West success, "I'm No Angel," falls into this class. This motion picture will enter on its second and final week today . . .
• • Source:  News (page 3) in The West Australian; published on Friday, 7 September 1934
• • 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 3782nd 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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