Friday, June 01, 2018

Mae West: Juicier Parts

MAE WEST was given a role so colorless in “Night after Night,” that she almost turned it down. After being permitted to rewrite her scenes, she wound up being the only thing worth watching. This is Part 1 of 2 segments.
• • Review by A.M.B. of "Night After Night" — Paramount • •
• • In 1932, a Columbia University student reviewed this motion picture for the campus newspaper. A.M.B. wrote: We always knew that the high and mighty places were not as they were pictured. But it remains for the impeccable Mr. George Raft, screendom's latest menace to the sanctity of the home, to show the rest of the proletariat to what depths "Park Avenoo" has sunk.
• • A.M.B. wrote: In a rather slow-moving vehicle, ably aided by the, shall we say, voluptuous Miss Mae West, who could easily have stolen the picture had she been given a bigger role, George Raft, owner of the most beautiful speakeasy in town, attempts to bring his gentlemanly qualities to the fore.
• • A.M.B. wrote: Elocution lessons, studies in current politics fill out Mr. Raft's days.
• • Miss West swaggers her generous hips to harbor • •  . . .
• • Source: Reviewed for Columbia Daily Spectator; published on Monday, 31 October 1932.
• • On Tuesday, 1 June 1999 • •
• • In VHS format, the 60-minute TV movie "Intimate Portrait: Mae West" [1999] was released on Tuesday, 1 June 1999.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Sex is good for you," says Mae West. And an interview published in The Australian Women's Weekly began with that provocative opening when they printed a profile of the sultry star.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Give a man a free hand and he’ll run it all over you.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about being a fearless female mentioned Mae West.
• • Linda Durnell wrote: There are many women who have overcome fear and here are a few of those remarkable women:  . . . Mae West chose to be an independent woman who was comfortable with her sexuality. The political climate of the times, however, saw her open sexuality as pornographic.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Difficult Woman or Fearless?" written by Linda Durnell for Huff Post Women; published on 31 May 2012
• • 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 3,900 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3972nd 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 • on a song sheet in 1923

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