Friday, July 06, 2018

Mae West: Favorite Exercise

His name was James Davies and he was the trainer and masseur of MAE WEST. This is Part 4.
• • Mae’s favorite exercise — — according to James Davies • •   
• • “You lie flat on your back on the floor, with your arms overhead, hands clasped to the back of the neck. Then, clamping your toes under a heavy bit of furniture, lift yourself up so that your elbows touch your knee,” said James Davies.  
• • N.B.: Readers: Try this exercise for yourself.
• • "Well, Miss West 'came up' more often in this exercise than almost any man I have trained. She could 'come up' a hundred times without being exhausted. Besides the exercises, her training included massages of the waist and back, to strengthen further these muscles which play so important a part in a woman's carriage."
• • This was the conclusion of this segment on Mae and James Davies.
• • Source: Article in The Australian Women's Weekly; published on Saturday, 3 March 1934.
• • On Friday, 6 July 1934 • •
• • “Mae West Meets State Censor Boards” • •
• • Theatre and Screen columnist Robert G. Tucker wrote: Mae West not only stars in her latest opus “It Ain’t No Sin” but she either wrote it or revised most of the script to assure its effectiveness with the patrons.  Now who would have surmised anything so tremendous could have arisen to impede the Westian march towards more shekels and greater cinema glory? And yet, as stated above, it just goes to show what the mahatmas can do once they take the notion. Tsk. Many will attribute the ban on this motion picture to the growing church drive against salacious movies.  . . .
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • While the motion picture "Myra Breckinridge" was not a hit, the media exposure engendered a "Mae West revival."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "You can say what you like about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A syndicated columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • Hearty Laughs, Sharp Satire Is Aimed at Hollywood Folk • •
• • "Personal Appearance"  Rated by Burns Mantle
• • New York, Oct. 27 — — Perhaps the nearest to a solid hit was registered last week with Lawrence Riley's "Personal Appearance." Audience reaction to this one was hilarious, and the reviews were fairly ecstatic. But there was a bit of qualifying, too. "Personal Appearance," they have been saying, is trivial. Just a lark. Frankly theatrical.
• • Burns Mantle wrote:  However, "Personal Appearance" provides the heartiest laugh of the season to date, and that counts for a good deal these days. It is another quiver of satirical darts shot at Hollywood and its rugged egos. It carries on merrily in the ''Once in a Lifetime" tradition, exposing a sort of prep school Mae West with Mrs. Malapropian inspiration.
• • Burns Mantle wrote: To start the comedy there is a cinematic prologue. A reel from Carole Arden's new film success, “Drifting Lady,” is shown.
• • Burns Mantle wrote: In the film, Carole Arden is saying farewell to a dear boy into whose life she has drifted. It is her way. It is fate. It is another dream that was not to be. And Carole, who is blond and pretty, is quite distressed about it in a sequined gown and a large white fan.  . . .
• • Source: Syndicated Hollywood column by Burns Mantle; published on Sunday, 28 October 1934
• • 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 fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3996th 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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