Friday, December 15, 2017

Mae West: Princess Nora

Martin Itjen traveled to Hollywood to meet MAE WEST and pose for pictures with the screen queen. Hollywood correspondent Theon Wright did an outstanding interview. Let’s enjoy it together. This is Part 2 of 2.
• • “Alaska's Street Car King Arrives to See Mae West” • •
• • Written by Theon Wright (United Press Correspondent) • •  
• • Martin waited a year for Mae West • •
• • Mr. Itjen has a wife. But as he explained, "You couldn't bring a wife along on a trip like this. There's some things a woman won't stand for."
• • He waited for a year for Mae to show up in Skagway, but she never showed. So Martin finished his fall burying, put his trolley car on the freighter Princess Nora, and headed for Hollywood.
• • Theon Wright explained:  He drove down the coast from Vancouver, parked his bus on the Ambassador Hotel's front yard, and rang up Mae.
• • Martin Itjen continued: "She talked with me, all right. She said maybe she'll see me Friday or Saturday. Seemed glad to hear from me, in fact. I got a bad spark plug on the trolley, so I'll put in my time fixing that."
• • Then I asked him: "You're sure Mae West isn't giving you the old hokus-gadokus?"
• • Mr. Itjen blushed to the roots of his John L. Sullivan haircut, and shook his head shyly. "Sho’ now — — she wouldn't do that. Besides, I've took out after her, and what I take out after, I usually get. In a nice way, of course."
• • Theon Wright added:  Skagway's street car magnate has been in business since 1918 when tourists began to get thick In Alaska, and he expects to be back again come May or June. He works at street car business during the summer and he buries folks in the fall.
• • Source: Article in San Bernardino Sun; published on Friday, 22 February 1935.
• • On Monday, 15 December 1930 • •
• • On Monday, 15 December 1930 this material was copyrighted: "Frisco Kate, a play in 3 acts" by Mae West.
• • Mae listed her address as 200 West 57th Street, New York, NY in 1930.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Mae West Script Angers Listeners" ran in The Hollywood Reporter in their issue dated for Wednesday, 15 December 1937. Except it was not her writing. It was a script by Arch Obler, a male.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Everything's in the mind. That's where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Michigan daily paper analyzed Mae West.
• • "Here goes on Mae West" • •
• • Few names have been more publicized this past year than that of Mae West. One rather expects that when her day is over, and It probably will see its sunset within a very few months, for some little time folk will talk of those motion pictures as those that "made money out of playing up the obvious."
• • Mae West must be an exceedingly shrewd business woman to know how to play upon all the catch words, sure-fire properties, and the thrilling situations to which the majority of humans react.
• • Take her recent picture. She gets off on the right foot by calling it "I'm No Angel." Great knowledge of human psychology that.  . . .
• • Source: Article (page 3) in The Ironwood Times (Ironwood, Michigan); published on Friday, 15 December 1933
• • 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 3854th 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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