Monday, November 20, 2017

Mae West: No Class

Very annoyed when her co-star stunk of liquor for a scene they were about to shoot, MAE WEST ordered the director to “pour him out of here!”
• • Mae West once confided to a friend: ''To tell you the truth, I felt Bill Fields had no class."
• • This retro gossip was printed on Sunday, 20 November 1988 in a Florida newspaper:
• • Q. After laughing through a home video of the comedy classic "My Little Chickadee," with W.C. Fields and Mae West, I cannot figure out why this priceless pair never played together again on screen. Can you?
• • A. Yes, on several counts. First, the picture didn't quite jell. Though it had many funny moments, it didn't do all that well with the movie critics of the day. In addition, the two stars clashed constantly.
• • Afterwards, Mae West said, ''That picture was a mistake from the word 'Shoot!'''
• • On Monday, 20 November 1911 • •
• • Mae West was cast in "Vera Violetta," which opened on Monday, 20 November 1911 at the Winter Garden Theatre.  Thanks to her ill-conceived attempts at upstaging the French star of the show, Mae West was seen only in the previews. Oh! That was mighty foolish, Mae!
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West in "Go West, Young Man" at the Broadway theater on Sunday and Monday.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "What I mean is I was coming to the conclusion that boys made much better playmates than girls."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California daily mentioned Mae West.
• • “Hollywood Film Shop” • •
• • Alexander Kahn wrote:  Mae West has a rival in her sister Beverly, who has been on the stage tor years and can hold her own without any help from the "come up and see me” girl. In addition, Beverly owns an interest in a flourishing Los Angeles factory.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Madera Tribune; published on Tuesday, 22 October 1935
• • 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 3835th 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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• • Mae West • at her trial in 1930

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