Friday, February 09, 2018

Mae West: More Daring

While you’re sleeping, college professors in Hungary are thinking about MAE WEST. Here’s a long, striking research paper you might have missed. This is Part 5.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • Beyond a certain point of decency • •  
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: This is especially true about her films although she was much more daring in her plays and in her performances on stage or in her novels where West treated issues challenging people’s notions about personal freedom and equality. Whenever she targeted a controversial topic she meant to ameliorate the situation of those involved, especially women but also homosexuals or people of color. She always tried to be realistic and lifelike emphasizing the importance of these concepts. She always conveyed liberal and egalitarian ideas either as a privileged person in a power position – this was usually the case in her films — — or as an under-privileged person — — much rather true about her plays and novels. In the latter ones, she usually created characters that struggle and suffer as underprivileged people, while in her films she usually rises from such a position quite at the beginning helping those who are not as lucky as she is.
• • especially gendered humor • •  . . .
• • This was Part 5 of a lengthy article. Part 6 will follow on Monday.
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Wednesday, 9 February 1927 • •
• • On 9 February 1927, Variety mentioned that Beverly West had been arrested on a disorderly conduct charge in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
• • The drunken brawl at the Arcade Hotel in Edward Elsner's suite is dramatized in the stage play "Courting Mae West" in Act I, Scene 2. An audience favorite, the serious-minded comedy based on true events was featured six years ago in Australia's Midsumma Festival on 28 January 2012.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "She Done Him Wrong," a 66-minute hit starring Mae West, had brought in $2,000,000 worldwide by 9 February 1933. This was during the Great Depression.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Considering what 'Sex' got me, a few days in the pen ‘n’ a $500 fine ain’t too bad a deal.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Associated Press mentioned Mae West.
• • “Mae West Leaves New York City for Britain” • •
• • Mae West embarked in the Queen Mary yesterday and said that she was going to London, England to take the leading role in her play “Diamond Lil” at the Prince of Wales Theatre.  . . .
• • Source: Item syndicated by A.P.; published on Friday, 12 September 1947
• • 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 3894th 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 • Australian actress plays Mae [Midsumma, 2012]

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