Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mae West: Tricky Gambler

On Thursday, 23 January 1941 a MAE WEST motion picture was announced in Australia.
• • “Mae West and W. C. Fields in a Comical Film” • •
• • Starring together for the first time, Mae West and W. C. Fields appear in their new Universal picture, “My Little Chickadee.” which will be shown at the Civic next Wednesday.  Combining hilarious comedy with stirring action, romance and music, the film presents a night club entertainer who comes to the western town of Greasewood City and captivates the gentlemen of the community. A traveling medicine man and tricky gambler falls in love with her and strives to win her favor.
• • Supporting players include Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran. Gene Austin with Candy and Coco, Anne Nagel and Donald Meek.
• • Source: Port Lincoln Times [Port Lincoln, South Australia]; published on Thursday, 23 January 1941.
• • On Saturday, 24 January 1948 in London • •
• • "Diamond Lil" starring Mae West toured Manchester, Blackpool, Birmingham, and Glasgow before opening at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, very grandly, on Saturday night, 24 January 1948.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Louise Dahl-Wolfe was said to have preferred portraiture photography with many of the literary greats and actresses posing for her including Mae West, W. H. Auden, and Orson Welles
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If I went out as a star and flopped, I was through. If I went out as a nobody, I wouldn't be under the gun — — and I had a chance."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British daily mentioned Mae West.
• • “The Cinema” • •
• • Michael Orme wrote: Mae West’s latest picture, “Every Day’s a Holiday” (Plaza), is set in what are described as the roaring 'nineties in New York. Its story tells of how the charming con artist Peaches O' Day utilizes her charm ...
• • Source: Item in The Sketch; published on Wednesday 26 January 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 3882nd 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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