Thursday, June 21, 2018

Mae West: Rolly Kingsbury

On Thursday, 21 June 2018, “The Drag,” written by MAE WEST, will start its limited run in Paris.
• • On monte Mae West (or “We’re coming up to see you, Mae West”) • •
• • When: Thursday, 21 June 2018 at 9:30 PM until Sunday, 24 June 2018 at 9:00 PM.
• • Where: Le Funambule-Montmartre in Paris, France   
• • C'est pas Broadway, mais c'est joli quand même. [It’s not Broadway but it’s still quite fabulous.]
• • Plot: New York, 1920. Rolly, héritier des Kingsbury, marié à Claire, a sa vie toute tracée. Mais son secret risque de tout faire voler en éclats.
• • Plot: NYC in 1920. A judge’s son, Mr. Rolly Kingsbury, married to Claire, has his future all planned out. But his secret is likely to shatter everything.
• • After a series of out-of-town try-outs in Connecticut and New Jersey, Mae West announced she would open her new play in New York on The Great White Way.
• • Alas, “The Drag" never opened on Broadway due to the Society for the Prevention of Vice vows to ban it if the playwright ever attempted to stage it.
• • Tell them you heard about it on The Mae West Blog.
• • On Wednesday, 21 June 1933 • •
• • It was on Wednesday, 21 June 1933 when Russell Holmon of Paramount Pictures tried to explain to the Hays Office that the title of a song "No One Does It Like that Dallas Man" was essentially innocent and the lyrics were harmless.  Hays wanted changes though and got them.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Paramount star Mae West and Emanuel Cohen boarded a train for Chicago. The movie star quietly attended a play with Cohen, "Personal Appearance," by then a Broadway road company show.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Beautiful and dumb girls have had their day. They're finished."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California daily mentioned Mae West.
• • “So they say” • •
• • “I believe Mae West cleaned up the screen. Mae took the very thing of which the nastiest sex films were made, and then not only laughed at it herself, but made the public see the joke also,” said Sr Cedric Hardwicke.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Santa Cruz Evening News; published on Friday, 21 June 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 3,900 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3985th 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 • "Dallas Man" scene in 1933

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