Monday, June 04, 2018

Mae West: Private Table

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 2 of 2 segments.
• • Review by A.M.B. of "Night After Night" — Paramount • •
• • Miss West swaggers her generous hips to harbor • •
• • A.M.B. wrote: And then Miss Constance Cummings, silent lady who sits and waits, arrives on the scene. It's love and Mr. Raft attempts to show her, that natural roughneck that he is, that his savoir faire is at least, perfect. 
• • A.M.B. wrote: One of the most laughable incidents in the picture is the sight of Mr. Raft at a dinner table with Miss Cummings on one side of him, and Miss Alison Skipworth on the other, attempting to be the perfect gentleman. And, merely to see, Miss West swagger her generous hips to harbor at Mr. Raft's private table is enough to recommend the picture.
• • A.M.B. wrote: Without a doubt, Miss West's command of the vernacular and her excellent portrayal in this story by Louis Bromfield will bring her juicier parts. We certainly would like to see more and more of her. 
• • Source: Reviewed for Columbia Daily Spectator; published on Monday, 31 October 1932.
• • On Tuesday, 4 June 1935 • •
• • Mae West was the cover girl for the French publication Midinette Journal Illustrate. Issue # 425 was dated for Tuesday, 4 June 1935. Oooh-la-la.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • How can I leave myself out of my own Hollywood memoir when I am surrounded by blondes in a nudist camp? Or talking to Mae West about her cast iron underwear?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I’ve been in more laps than a napkin.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The United Press mentioned Mae West.
• • The United Press columnist wrote: “It's tough, being Mae West," she complained during the filming of the picture. "I can’t say the things that other actresses say. When they say 'em, they’re funny; when I say 'em, I'm vulgar. People seem to read double-meaning into every word I speak."  . . .
• • Source: Item in a syndicated U.P. column; published on Wednesday, 22 December 1937
• • 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 3973rd 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 French cover in 1935

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