Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Mae West: Drug Abuse

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 23.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • Masculine Position • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: Before continuing the examination of West’s masculine position as a humorist, I would like to discuss briefly some examples from her works concerning the transgressive issues she treats. In Sex, as it has already been referred to, the heroine is a prostitute (presented and discussed in its raw forms), who has a heart of gold — — as all of her prostitute/fallen woman characters do — — combined with a leveled head. 
• • there is also drug abuse • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: In this plot line, there is also drug abuse where Margy, the heroine, saves Clara from an overdose. In The Drag, the topic is homosexuality, presented with life-like homosexual men. This project was a daring adventure on West’s part during that time in America. In The Pleasure Man, there is an unscrupulous and charming man destroying girls and women, who is then murdered in the end  — — with his actions and seductions presented in detail.
• • ”sister in distress” • •    . . .
• • This was Part 23 of a lengthy article. Part 24 will follow tomorrow. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Wednesday, 7 March 1934 in The Hollywood Reporter • •
• • The Hollywood Reporter's issue dated for Wednesday, 7 March 1934 reported that there were sixteen stories in the March 1934 Movie Mirror "and they all, individually, are worth the price of the magazine." Mae West appeared on the front cover of Movie Mirror. Inside, Harry Lang, the Boswell of Tinseltown, concluded his three-part series of the life story of Mae West. This fan magazine was 96 pages and cost a dime.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In order for the film industry to survive during the Depression, it had to produce films that appealed to the public — — films starring Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Stay young, ladies — — even if you have to change your birth dates in the family Bible. Have your face lifted if necessary."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The West Australian mentioned Mae West.
• • "Another Mae West Picture" • •
• • The title of Mae West's latest picture, 'Now l'm a Lady' is not to be taken as suggesting any cramping of this actress's characteristic style. Quite early in the film (which was shown for the first time at the Grand Theatre yesterday) Miss West is heard to remark, "I am a good woman for a bad man," and 'wisecracks' of this order delivered with the well-known point and aplomb, crackle briskly throughout the story. That story, which is Miss West' s own, while not to be regarded very seriously as a credible plot, serves well enough as occasion for plenty of this sort of thing, besides boasting picturesque backgrounds and incidents. ...
• • Source: Film Review in The West Australian; published on Saturday, 7 March 1936 
• • 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 3912th 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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