Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Mae West: The Upshot

It was on Thursday, 21 December 1933 when MAE WEST was featured in a newspaper in Adelaide. Still “a new star” in 1933, Mae was trying to craft her image. Let’s have a look. This is Part 2 of two halves.
• • Mae West as She Really Is • •
• • Big Picture of Special Appeal to Women: Talkie Gossip • • 
• • “That is my private life” • •
• • “I do not smoke, I do not drink. I have my books, my writing and my friends — that is my private life,” explained Mae West,
• • To most Australian picture-goers Mae West's name is a new one. although she appeared not so long ago in "Night After Night,” a concise little melodrama that starred George Raft.
• • That was her first screen appearance. Until then she was a stage player— she had gone on the stage when she was four, in 'East Lynne.' In a general way her apparent conquest of the movie public recapitulates her conquest of New York theatredom.
• • The chief difference is that she fought longer and harder to have her rather ribald impersonations accepted by the theatrical public than she has to win over the film-goers. Her first play to attract attention was called 'Sex.' It came under the notice of the police and was raided. The upshot of the raid was that Miss West, as the author and the principal actress spent ten days in gaol.
• • Other of her plays were suppressed by the police, and she achieved added notoriety.
• • Now she is on the way to film fame.
• • Source: The Chronicle [Adelaide]; published on Thursday, 21 December 1933.
• • On Wednesday, 27 December 2017 • •
• • “Alexander Schwartz Sleeps with Mae West” on Wednesday, 27 December 2017 at The Cutting Room, 44 East 32nd Street, New York, NY. Contact the box office about other performance dates.
• • On Monday, 27 December 1937 • •
• • "Every Day's a Holiday" starring Mae West was reviewed (on page 8) for Film Daily on Monday, 27 December 1937.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • At that time there were no sex symbols, said Marlene Dietrich [born on 27 December 1901]. In my opinion this notion first came into being with Marilyn Monroe. Sex was then taboo.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Santa Baby, come and trim my Christmas tree."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A column by George Jean Nathan mentioned Mae West.
• • "Locally unmolested legitimate theatre plays ..." • •
• • In his December column, George Jean Nathan continued to discuss the censors and the stage: That there was occasional dirt in burlesque, no one is going to deny. But there certainly was no more and generally infinitely less than in any dozen such locally unmolested legitimate theatre plays and shows as "Catherine Was Great," "School for Brides", .... [dated on 25 December 1946].
• • Source: The Theatre Book of the Year 1946 — 1947 by George Jean Nathan 
• • 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 3862nd 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 • wearing her favorite diamond necklace (later stolen) in 1932

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