Friday, February 02, 2018

Mae West: Her Dentures

Paramount Pictures had made a lot of money with MAE WEST. But the winds of change were strong by the mid-1930s. Paramount generously funded “Every Day’s a Holiday” — — and arranged for their star to promote the motion picture with a radio appearance on the hottest program. What could go wrong? This is Part 4 of four segments, the conclusion.
• • “Mae West 's Dizzy Career Rests on a Film's Success” • •
• • By Frederick C. Othman (United Press Correspondent)
• • Tough being Mae West! • • 
• • Frederick C. Othman wrote: They eliminated every word and every gesture which anybody possibly could construe as being suggestive.
• • “It's tough, being Mae West," she complained during the filming of the picture. "I can't say the things that other actresses say. When they say 'em, they’re funny; when I say 'em, I'm vulgar. People seem to read double-meaning into every word I speak."
• • Cohen and Sutherland were surprisingly successful, in their self-imposed censorship. They managed somehow to give the film the old-fashioned Mae Westian flavor, they kept it scrupulously clean, and they made it funny.
• • Frederick C. Othman wrote: Were it not for the one-strike which the radio performance gave it, "Holiday" would be an immediate and outstanding success. All hands hope the customers will forgive and forget and give Mae another chance.
• • Source: United Press coverage; published and syndicated on Wednesday, 22 December 1937.
• • On Wednesday, 2 February 1927 • •
• • Pole-vaulted out of the ghetto of the clubby entertainment section, Mae West suddenly became notoriously noteworthy in national news headlines on Wednesday, 2 February 1927 in The New York Times (and elsewhere).
• • On Tuesday, February 1st at 5:00 AM, the Brooklyn bombshell was arrested along with her sister and the director Edward Elsner in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
• • According to The New York Times: Edwin [sic] Elsner of New York, stage director of "The Drag," which opened here last night, and Miss Beverly West of New York, sister of Mae West, author of the play, were arrested at 5:30 o'clock this morning in Miss West's room at the Arcade Hotel and will be arraigned in the City Court on Wednesday on technical charges of breach of the peace.
• • The arrest at the Arcade Hotel is dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West." Beverly's drunken antics and Mae's strategies are featured in Act I, Scene 2 of this serious-minded comedy based on true events. Producers and ambitious directors seeking good material that attracts an audience, please take note.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Zola's Nana is, like Mae West, a song and dance lady.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have just seen that RAF flyers have a life-saving jacket they call a "Mae West" because it bulges in all the "right places."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Hollywood tour guide discussed Mae West.
• • “Why People Like to Stay in Places Where Celebrities Have Died” • •
• • Caroline Bologna wrote: The main tour, called “The Tragical History Tour,” covers about 70 different locations across 25 miles. Attractions include the houses of old Hollywood icons like Mae West and Bela Lugosi, hotels where modern celebrities like John Belushi and Whitney Houston died and places
associated with famous scandals like Hugh Grant’s 1995 arrest with a sex worker.
• • Dearly Departed Tours attracts a mostly American, British, and Australian demographic. “I would say it’s mostly women between 30 and 50 and also gay men," said Scott Michaels.
• • Mae West’s dentures • •
• • Caroline Bologna wrote: In addition to the city bus tours, Dearly Departed also has an artifacts museum with items such as Mae West’s dentures, a tile from the pool where Brian Jones drowned, a piece of fireplace from Sharon Tate’s house and the car Jayne Mansfield was killed in. It’s all part of the phenomenon some people call “dark tourism” or “necro-tourism.” . . .
• • Source: HuffPost; posted on Wednesday, 17 January 2018
• • 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 3889th 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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