Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mae West: Doesn't Begrudge

On Tuesday, 26 April 2016, a long fascinating article appeared about MAE WEST.
• • “Mae West:  A Visionary in Satin and Lace” was written by movie buff Linda Sandahl. In case you missed this delightful analysis, it will be excerpted here. This is Part 3.
• • A chance to atone • •
• • Linda Sandahl wrote: Mae befriends a society lady.  She’s always willing to give people a chance to atone for their mistakes and start over. She never holds a grudge, and is always willing to forgive and forget. She gives Slick (Ralf Harolde), her former boyfriend who is now an ex-con, money to help him get a new start in "I’m No Angel;" she’s happy to reminisce over old times with Joe (George Raft) in "Night After Night," but she doesn’t begrudge him a new love affair.
• • Linda Sandahl wrote:  Friends and those in need can rely on her generosity; the frightened, suicidal “ruined” girl (Rochelle Hudson) in "She Done Him Wrong," her friend Thelma (Dorothy Peterson) in the carnival in "I’m No Angel," Annie the missionary, who Mae (as Rose Carlton) cares for when she becomes ill, and indeed the whole city of New York in "Every Day’s a Holiday," are all recipients of her benevolence.
• • The roots of this tolerance and respect • •  . . .
• • This was Part 3 of a longer piece. Part 4 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:; posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2016.
• • On Monday, 26 April 1926 on Broadway • •
• • Written by "Jane Mast" and starring Mae West as Margy LaMont, "Sex" opened in April — — on Monday, 26 April 1926. The Broadway debut occurred a few blocks north of Columbus Circle at Daly’s 63rd Street Theatre, the only playhouse available at the time. "Mae West played a Canadian woman," noted Playbill, "with no time for those Mounties."
• • The N.Y. Daily News sent a reviewer who wrote: "Most of the 'Sex' appeal falls to the talents of Mae West, a vaudeville actress who somewhat resembles Texas Guinan."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West was one of the greatest comedians in American culture. She was larger than life, a myth, who managed to be so controversial that both critics and audiences can hardly agree on what and who she was exactly. Everybody can only be certain that she was an iconic figure who made a difference.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I believe in censorship. Why? Because I made a fortune out of it.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The United Press mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West Impatient as 'Marriages' List Grows • •
• • Hollywood, April 24 (By United Press) — — Mae West, curvesome lady of the screen, today called for a showdown to settle the somewhat confusing question of her spinsterhood. "I've got a sense of humor," she said. "Nobody can say I haven't. But this thing is going too far."
• • Patience Is Worn Thin • •
• • Mae's patience became a little worn when she was interrupted while saying "no" to reports of her marriage to one Frank Wallace and asked to explain, if she could, a report that a Mae West married one R. A. Bud Burmester in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1924.
• • "It's a lousy publicity gag, that's what it is," said Miss West, "and I'm not getting anything out of it.  If this thing goes any further, I'll call for a real showdown."  . . .
• • Source: United Press; published on Wednesday, 24 April 1935
• • 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 3946th 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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