Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mae West: Oakland Junior

On Wednesday, 24 January 1934, MAE WEST found her name in an amusing California headline.
• • “Mae West Film Here on Thursday” • •
• • If you were one of Uncle Sam’s postal employees and received a letter addressed: “Why Don’t You Come Up Some Time? Hollywood, California,” would you know where to hand deliver it?
• • The Los Angeles Post Office, when it received such an envelope, promptly delivered it to Mae West, at the Paramount Pictures studios where she was making her latest picture, “I’m No Angel,” playing at the Madera Theatre on Thursday and Friday.
• • Miss West found it to be a note from a high school junior in Oakland, California, who invited her to "come up and see me some time.”
• • “It might be fun, at that,” Mao observed. “But I guess I’ll be too busy to oblige the young man.”
• • Her picture, “I’m No Angel,” is a story of circus and New York society life, in which her supporting cast includes Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Gregory Ratoff, Gertrude Michael, Dorothy Peterson, Ralf Harolde and Kent Taylor. The picture was directed by Wesley Ruggles.
• • Source: Item in Madera Tribune; published on Wednesday, 24 January 1934.
• • On Sunday, 25 January 1948 • •
• • On Sunday, 25 January 1948, The New York Times's London correspondent noted: "The audience displayed little interest in the comedy melodrama of the nineties but it warmed to Miss West. ..."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • A British paper printed in January 1936, announced that actress Mae West collected £35,240 while Mr. W. C Fields got £31,000 and Mr. Bing Crosby £20,890. Also, Walt Disney earned £10,300 and Mr. Gary Cooper £27,930.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It's what the audience sees in my eyes that counts."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • Mike Connolly Reports on Hollywood • •
• • Mike Connolly wrote:  Mae West will judge this year’s Mr. America contest at the Los Angeles Shrine on April 14. …
• • Source: Item in The Desert Sun; published on Tuesday, 24 January 1956
• • 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 3883rd 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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