Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mae West: Remarkable Variety

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 2.
• • Never a damsel in distress • •
• • Linda Sandahl wrote: (At least emotionally honest — — true, she is a con artist in Every Day's a Holiday, but she does after all reform!) If you were a fair-minded person who kept your word, you were all right with Mae.
• • Linda Sandahl wrote:  Mae is friendly and helpful to a remarkable variety of people throughout these films, from her series of devoted maids (one of whom was her devoted maid, Libby Taylor), including the Chinese maid (Soo Young) she rescues in Klondike Annie, and the humble little missionary, Annie herself (Helen Jerome Eddy), her Native American henchman (Tito Coral) and her cowboy friends in Goin' to Town, to her lawyer pal Benny Pinkowitz (Gregory Ratoff) and assorted muscular acrobats (including Nat Pendleton) in I’m No Angel, to the innocent upper class lady (Alison Skipworth) she befriends in Night After Night. If she can do somebody a good turn, she will.
• • A chance to atone • •  . . .
• • This was Part 2 of a longer piece. Part 3 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:; posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2016.
• • On Thursday, 25 April 1935 • •
• • It was on a Thursday that Mae West's latest motion picture was released in the USA.on 25 April 1935.
• • An enormous international cast was assembled to do justice to Mae West's ambitious screenplay "Now I'm a Lady" centered around the main character Cleo Borden, who wishes to be part of the tony horsey set. Script approval was granted, at last, by the Hays Commission on 1 April 1935. Produced by Emanuel Cohen Productions (as Major Pictures), the 74-minute comedy was released on 25 April 1935 under the new title "Goin' to Town."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Pressed for further explanation of her variously reported marriages, the actress sighed. "Who knows?" said Mae. "Maybe I was the original Dionne quintuplets."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have always believed in sex. But a lot of the bad stuff they do now is not good for anybody.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Nadel Joins Emanuel Cohen • •
• • Joe Nadel, president of Associated Assistant Directors in New York, has been appointed general production manager for Emanuel Cohen, leaving for Hollywood on Friday to assume offices at the General Service Studios. He will work on a Bing Crosby feature, Cohen production for Paramount, and a Mae West feature. Nadel has been active in eastern production for the past 15 years.
• • Source: Item in Film Daily; published on Wednesday, 20 May 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 3945th 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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