Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mae West: Stamp on Glasgow

Learn how MAE WEST put her stamp on Glasgow, Scotland in 1947. This is Part 1.
• • “Those Were the Days 1947: Mae West, about to put her stamp on Glasgow” • •
• • They don’t make them like Mae West anymore. • •
• • Russell Leadbetter wrote: In November 1947 the larger-than-life film star arrived in Glasgow, Scotland to take part in her production of Diamond Lil, at the Alhambra Theatre. The former boxing champion, Ted ‘Kid’ Lewis, is photographed with Mae.
• • Russell Leadbetter wrote: The play, when it opened, went down well with the Glasgow Herald’s man in the stalls. “Here,” he wrote, “is a piece of magnificent nonsense, a full-blooded melodrama of the ‘nineties ... The period is amazingly well recreated: the players get the spirit of it, and ‘ham’ it with zest.”
• • Russell Leadbetter wrote: The setting was Gus Jordan’s saloon in New York City [modeled on the old Bowery dive near Houston Street, popularly known as Suicide Hall], “where are gathered nightly the bad men, the toughs, the light women, thieves, gunmen, dope fiends, and bosses."
• • This was Part 1 of two segments. The rest will be posted tomorrow.
• • Source: Article by Russell Leadbetter for The Herald Scotland; posted on Thursday, 19 April 2018.
• • On Wednesday, 29 May 1935 • •
• • Variety felt that Frank Wallace timed his wedding revelations to coincide with the release of his former spouse's latest motion picture. Bad publicity had already paved this road, thanks to Joseph Breen's tantrums over the screenplay for "Goin' to Town" — — and Mae West watchers probably cared less about Frank Wallace's wailing than about the Hollywood hatchet man's cuts. Could Joe Breen have ruined the movie?  Thanks to Mae's large and loyal fan base, "Goin' to Town" did big box office, reported Variety on Wednesday, 29 May 1935.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, the screen sensation of the day, whose latest Paramount film “I’m No Angel” will soon be shown in London, has just selected a marvelous new dinner creation of black chiffon velvet, made to be very form-fitting.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I am my severest critic, don't forget that!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A London daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Jonathan Owen wrote: The jazz pianist and singer had already achieved star status with his Nat King Cole Trio when he decided to move in 1948 to the well-to-do suburb of Hancock Park, which boasts Howard Hughes, Katharine Hepburn and Mae West among its former residents.  . . .
• • Source: Article on Nat King Cole in The Independent; published on Saturday, 17 May 2014
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • 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 3969th 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 • in Glasgow, Scotland in 1947

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