Friday, November 24, 2017

Mae West: Uptown Temptress

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 • •
• • Mae West did no clever thing • •
• • Rian James wrote:  There was nothing in "Pleasure Man'' that defied criticism in the homiest of home newspapers. There was no occasion for even a little child to tell them. Mae West did no clever thing in offering the public such a spectacle. The public has seen such spectacles before. Merely, she left herself open to considerable attack, so far as her personal taste is concerned. There are some things you don't talk about in mixed company.
• • Rian James wrote: That Mae’s play would have caused considerable general disgust, even anions the most hardened thrill-seeking hunters, we shall admit. We have been around a little and we found the display no end loathsome. Even when a female impersonator is good, we don't like him. Given forty-odd to choose from, we don't even begin to have a nice evening.
• • Have the padlock powers “deprived” us of Mae West? • •  . . .
• • This is Part 2 of three parts. Part 3 will follow on Monday.                     
• • Source: Rian James’s column in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle; published on Sunday, 21 October 1928.                        
• • On Tuesday, 24 November 1931 • •
• • On Tuesday, 24 November 1931 the newspaper Washington Herald reviewed "Constant Sinner." The D.C.-based drama critic wrote about the Greek-American actor George Givot's portrayal of the Harlem pimp Money Johnson as well as "the aroma of Mae West's hybrid dialogue."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "A prizefighter's tart" who enjoys black men as well as Caucasians, Babe Gordon, the frisky blonde teenage protagonist, was Mae's idea of an uptown temptress, footloose, fearless, and unfettered in Harlem.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I take it out in the open and laugh at it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An American daily paper mentioned vaudeville and Mae West.
• • Alexander Kahn wrote:  No drawing power, huh? Well, the management of Loews State Theater, the sole, surviving vaudeville theater around here, submits in evidence that when Mae West recently made a personal appearance there, the Week's take was $42,000; Rudy Vallee drew $44,498 in 1936, and Phil Regan, who is there currently, is no slouch at the box office, either. Well, that's vaudeville, retorted Mr. Brandt; pictures at the neighborhood house are different. …
• • Source: Item in The Pittsburgh Press; published on Tuesday, 10 May 1938
• • 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 3839th 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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