Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Mae West: Sex in 1926

Since MAE WEST’s hit play “Sex” was just reprised at the Hudson Mainstage in Los Angeles, it’s fun to look back at a review of "Sex" that was published in Chicago in 1926.
• • “Tough, and Boldly Played” • •
• • Mae West is the heroine of this affair and the authoress of the play. She is one of those who contests, I believe, Gilda Gray’s right to be considered the shakiest of the shimmying sisters. Some years ago she was in Mr. Ziegfeld’s "Follies." [sic]
• • In her own play, Miss West is a loose lady in whose apartment Clara, a wealthy New York woman is drugged. Mae, finding her there. brings her to, and the lady, to save her own reputation, seeks to send her benefactress to prison. Just for that, Miss West swears to be even, and when later, in the South Seas, she meets the curly-headed and adventurous son of the "respectable" New Yorker, she loves and lures him to his seduction and then self-sacrificingly leaves him. She goes back to one of the lieutenants she met when she was following the fleet.
• • Source: Review of “Sex” in the Chicago Tribune; published on Monday, 6 September 1926.
• • On Monday, 27 June 1949 •
• • Richard Coogan was still appearing on Broadway in the role of Captain Cummings opposite Mae West in "Diamond Lil" when he auditioned for a TV series. Coogan was cast as Captain Video on the DuMont Television Network on Monday, 27 June 1949. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West learned to strum a guitar so that she could accompany herself on the songs she sings in Paramount’s latest motion picture "Klondike Annie."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have to do my work, and I've got a lot of that to do. You ought to know that it isn't easy to write and act, too. You can't call me high hat because I'm busy."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Singapore newspaper mentioned Mae West. 
• • How to succeed with men — — Mae West tells you how • • 
• • New York City — — Mae West, now 76, was Hollywood’s sex symbol, admired by millions of men. She is now giving advice to women who want to succeed with the opposite sex.
• • “Don’t smoke, drink or curse, and your sex appeal will take care of you,” Mae West told a roomful of reporters and cameramen. . . .
• • Source: Article in The Straits Times (Singapore); published on Friday, 26 June 1970
• • 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 3989th 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 • onstage in April 1926

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