Friday, February 16, 2018

Mae West: Pleasure Claimers

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 10.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • “Seductress” by Betsy Prioleau • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: Betsy Prioleau also points out that seductresses are usually dismissed by feminists, while in fact, these women are “the liberated woman incarnate” and the “futuristic models of female entitlement: independent operators, pleasure claimers, terroristas of traditional femininity, and big, classy divas” (1-2). This description unquestionably applies to West. With the help of humor and comic performances, West was an independent operator.
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: As a comic, so-called fallen woman, she challenged and subverted most notions of ideal femininity, and at the end of her stories, she/the female protagonist seemingly always gives in to the traditional ideas of womanhood as a saved, converted strayed sheep but she always makes it clear with a final shot of a cunning smile or a witty remark that this is not the case. Schlissel mentions several critics, who suggest that Mae West’s trademarks, her “smart-mouthed quips” and her “flamboyant sexuality” were only a disguise (2).
• • a sexuality closer to comedy than passion • •  . . . 
• • This was Part 10 of a lengthy article. Part 11 will follow on Monday.
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • Broadcast on Thursday, 16 February 1950 • •
• • From "Mae West on the Air" [Sandy Hook LP and CD SH 2098]
• • "Little Red Riding Hood" performed by Mae West (from "The Chesterfield Supper Club" program aired on Thursday, 16 February 1950).
• • "The Chesterfield Supper Club" was broadcast by NBC and sponsored by Chesterfield. The segment was pre-recorded in January (on 23 January 1950) for broadcast on February 16th, 1950 so that NBC could screen the content in advance. Mae sings a duet with Perry and tells her version of "Little Red Riding Hood." It's a very good show. Perry Como, Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra, The Fontane Sisters, Martin Block (announcer), Mae West: airtime: 28 minutes.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae was starring in her popular Bowery drama "Diamond Lil" at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY — — when she collapsed onstage. At first it was thought that she was suffering from food poisoning.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "All the bad that's in me has been put there by men. ... I began to hate every one of them, hated them, used them for what I could get out of them, and then laughed at them." [lines for Margy LaMont in the play "Sex"]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The N.Y. Times mentioned Mae West.
• • On Tuesday, 15 February 1927, in the West Side court, Mae West and her producers were offered the possibility of an 'implied immunity' in return for pulling the show. They turned it down.
• • Source: Article in The N.Y. Times; published on Wednesday, 16 February 1927
• • 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 3899th 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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