Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mae West: Mutation Mink

On Saturday, 18 October 1947, MAE WEST was interviewed by a London reporter.
• • "Mae West's visit gives lift to London's spirits" • •
• • "Wisecracks, diamonds — and those eyelashes enthrall her many admirers written by Bill Strutton of our London staff" • •
• • This is Part 9 of 9 segments.
• • The Workhouse and a $500 Fine • •          
• • Bill Strutton wrote:   Mae was sentenced to ten days in the workhouse, and ordered to  pay a 500-dollar fine. It was between her duties in the workhouse on Welfare Island that Mae, hard worker that she was, thought up "Diamond Lil."
• • Bill Strutton wrote:   So far she has been so occupied with choosing her London cast that  she has not ventured out on her avowed purpose of shopping for a mutation mink — — costing anything above £5000 — — to add to her collection of lynx and silver foxes and her traveling wardrobe of 150 dresses.    In fact, Mae sums up her life as hard-working.
• • Bill Strutton wrote:   Asked if she really has the gay  time attributed to her, she says, "No, I'm much too busy."
• • This was the ninth segment in a series of nine. We hope you enjoyed reading it.
• • Source: Article by  Bill Strutton for The Australian Women's Weekly; published on  Saturday, 18 October 1947.
• • On Sunday, 28 September 1930 • •
• • Mae West decided to take her play "Sex" on the road during August 1930.  The N.Y. Times reported that "Sex" was booked in the Midwest.  The engagement at the Garrick Theatre in Chicago began on Sunday, 28 September 1930.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • For the first time in any of her films, Mae West has agreed to kiss a man.  The lucky man is Charles Winninger.
• • Note:  When Mae West starred in "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937], Charles Winninger was featured as Van Reighle Van Pelter Van Doon. Charles Butterworth was also in the cast. All three are in this movie classic still. In this comedy, released by Paramount Pictures, Mae once again returned to her favorite setting
New York City during the Gay Nineties.
• • Charles Winninger [26 May 1884 — 27 January 1969] • •
• • Charles Butterworth [26 July 1899 — 14 June 1946] • •

• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "A man's kiss is his signature!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian newspaper discussed the latest film written by Mae West.
• • "Mae West in Tale of Wild West — — Rousing Comedy Scenes" • •
• • Te Pana wrote:  The growing circle of comedy purists who would like to see slapstick retain its pristine glory on the screen have a worthy exhibit in 'My Little Chickadee,' at the Tivoli this week.  . . .
• • Source: Film Review by Te Pana for The Courier-Mail (Brisbane); published on Saturday, 28 September 1940
• • 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 3797th 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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