Monday, March 05, 2018

Mae West: Sexual Moves

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 21.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • Sexual Moves • • 
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:  Mae West’s excessive sexuality is only a performance and a comic play with her enhanced sexual moves and gestures — — she is actually mocking the rituals of mating — — and her appearance of an easy woman is only a mask since she ironically plays the bad woman to cover her kindness.
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote:    She treats her adventures with bountiful humor and her exaggerated ‘sexy’ walk is at once a sexist ploy and a mockery of the sexual signals assumed to bind men to women. She is also ironic when men assume that her sexuality is an invitation to easy usage, Mellen writes (239). Mae West’s walk is really quite specific, but probably it is also a comic trademark as it is very typical of famous humorists and comic artists to have a special, usually, rather odd, kind of walk. With this ‘silly walk,’ she also makes fun of women’s learnt and expected modes of behavior.
• • I’m the Devil • • . . .   
• • This was Part 21 of a lengthy article. Part 22 will follow tomorrow. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Monday, 5 March 1934 in The Hollywood Reporter • •
• • Their Monday, March 5, 1934 issue reported this: "It Ain't No Sin" (Rehearsing); Cast: Mae West, George Raft, Duke Ellington and Orchestra. Of course, Raft would be dropping out and would be replaced.
• • Their Monday, March 5, 1934 issue also announced this item: Leo McCarey is searching for a Beef Trust chorus. Director wants a bulging line for the Mae West picture, "It Ain't No Sin." The headline for this item was "Beef Trust Wanted" and it ran in the 5 March 1934 issue in The Hollywood Reporter.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Chester Beecroft bears the sorrowful distinction of having held an option on Mae West's picture services for three years and being unable to get his Florida backers to go through with the deal.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "So [Los Angeles] is the place where a leaf falls up in some canyon and they tell you it's winter."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Playing at Madera Thursday" • •
• • From the perfumed, silk cushioned boudoirs of a Barbary coast gambling-drive to the frozen reaches of the Arctic circle may seem like a far pump, but that grand gal, Mae West, does it easily, and as gracefully as ever, in "Klondike Annie,” her new film, showing Thursday and Friday at the Madera theatre.
• • And whether she’s draped in a clinging negligee or bundled up in a warm fur parka, the audience likes her equally well! Too well, as a matter of tact, for in the howls that greeted, every one of Mae's lines, the first words of her partners’ speeches were often lost.
• • La West plays the role of a San Francisco gambling-house hostess  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Madera Tribune; published on Wednesday, 4 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 3910th 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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