Monday, November 27, 2017

Mae West: Financial Success

The latest play by MAE WEST was discussed in a local paper that was published on Sunday, 21 October 1928. The Brooklyn columnist took a different approach than Variety did. Let’s have a look. 
• • Regarding the recent official ruckus over Mae West's "Pleasure Man" • •
• • "The Inky Way" by Rian James • •
• • Have the padlock powers “deprived” us of Mae West? • •
• • Rian James wrote:  The fact that the padlock powers that be have deprived us of the questionable privilege of seeing a spectacle such as "Pleasure Man" on the stage, does not preclude the fact that you can see the component parts of the same spectacle, pretty nearly anywhere you go. Forbidding us to see it hardly convinces us that there isn't such a thing.
• • Rian James wrote: In reality, the pious public gets a pretty good idea as to what a performance is all about from the newspaper review next day. It isn't the chef's fault if people who are fat decide to eat Boston cream pie, is it? We are confident that "Pleasure Man” would, for a time, be a financial success. Here and there a few curious school girls might trickle in, it’s true. But for the most part, we believe that the audience it would attract could learn a little bit from this play.
• • Rian James wrote: There is, in this day and age, very little distinction between the styles that arouse comment in the mens-only smoking room and the mixed company in the drawing room.
• • This is Part 3 of three parts.  We hope you enjoyed this “lost” article from 1928.
• • Source: Rian James’s column in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle; published on Sunday, 21 October 1928.
• • On Sunday, 27 November 1932 in Hollywood • •
• • Jon Tuska, writing about "She Done Him Wrong," notes that production commenced on Sunday, 27 November 1932, and concluded in December of that year. Fast work!
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Harry Cohn brought in leading ladies and men ranging from Clark Gable, Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Rita Hayworth, Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, and Joan Crawford to star in his films.  . . .
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I see good in every man. That's why I'm not married."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An American trade paper mentioned vaudeville and Mae West.
• • A friendship that endured through years of show business and then faded when their paths led in opposite directions was recently revived when W. C. Fields found a part for George Moran in the Fields—Mae West starrer at Universal, 'My Little Chickadee.' The former vaudeville comedian insisted the role was cut to the order of Moran, once half of the blackface team of Moran and Mack ('The Two Black Crows'). …
• • Source: Item in Variety; published on Wednesday, 8 November 1939 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!   
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3840th 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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