Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mae West: Seduce Mankind

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 29.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • being very sexual and erotic • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:   Mae West, in spite of being a woman writer as well as performer, acted in the same way while also being very sexual and erotic. Tempe E. Allison also calls attention to the issue of seduction since the ‘duty’ of the Vice as “the emissary or agent of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Devil” was “to seduce mankind” (104). West undoubtedly does that in all her works. However, it is also to be noted that the Vice of sixteenth century English Drama was “a unique and problematic character,” who was not exclusively evil; this character was “a tempter, a mischievous, humorous villain” and “a real crux” (Matuska 2005, 1). What is more, as Robert Withington suggests, “[u]ndoubtedly the type persists in life, not only through the Middle Ages, but to more modern days […]” (124), which is again relevant in connection with Mae West.
• • they were easily seduced • •  . . .
• • This was Part 29 of a lengthy article. Part 30 will follow tomorrow. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Friday, 15 March 1940 in Hollywood • •
• • The Western-style comedy "My Little Chickadee" went into general release on Friday, 15 March 1940 in the United States.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • To the question "Do you like Mae West?' Harpo Marx answered with siren screams and gongs.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "They always found a way to break me up with a man before it became too serious. I was not allowed to love, really love. My mother and then Timony — — ."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Daily Variety mentioned Mae West.
• • "Personal Appearance" — — Mae West • •
• • Since Brock Pemberton fashioned “Personal Appearance" for Broadway two years ago, this play has established itself as one of the all-time box-office wonder-workers. It played New York for more than a year, arid enjoyed triumphal runs in all the key cities.
• • Here, then, is a Mae West picture tailored for her by one of the best brains in show business, and
setting her in a completely new locale — — small town America.
• • An Emanuel Cohen Production.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Variety; published on Wednesday, 15 July 1936
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • 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 3918th 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 • with Groucho Marx in 1978

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