Friday, July 20, 2018

Mae West: Fingers Crossed

MAE WEST was telling the news men, “Yeah, they kinda went for me.” Even Variety, who had much to say against the Brooklyn bombshell, was forced to admit this in print. This is Part 1 of four sections.
• • “Mae West’s Gross of Free Printers’ Ink Stuff Is a Present-Day Record” • •
• • At the top of page 3, Daily Variety wrote: Hollywood, Sept. 18. — — Ignored by the press as an unimportant film player up to five months ago, Mae West has smashed through to become the most publicized name in the business to-day. It's a record unequaled any other personality starring either in silents or talkers.
• • Daily Variety wrote: “She Done Him Wrong” slipped out as a program release last March.
• • Daily Variety wrote: Because of the bank holiday for President’s Day, the motion picture failed to create much excitement in the first roll-out. Paramount Pictures had its fingers crossed when the picture billed Mae West as its star, with only one unimportant film part behind her at the time.
• • Daily Variety wrote:  Indicative of the general press’s attitude was the Los Angeles dailies' refusal to go for arrival in pictures of La West when she returned from the East in April to prepare for her next picture.
• • Today the reporters are begging Mae for an interview • • . . .
• • These excerpts will continue on Monday.
• • Source: Article in Daily Variety, page 3; published on Tuesday, 19 September 1933.
• • On Saturday, 20 July 1935 • •
• • On 20 July 1935, The Evening Capital let its readers know about an unusual evening when they printed this headline: "Mae West Dines With Gov. Nice."  Harry W. Nice [1877 — 1941] was Governor of Maryland for four years, from 1935 to 1939.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Eleanor Journey gives her impressions of Mae West, ZaSu Pitts, Greta Garbo, Janet Gaynor, Jimmy Durante, and others. Following closely the arrival here of Florence Desmond, the English girl whose 'Hollywood Party' is the last thing in impressions, Miss Journey suffers by comparison.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My public expects me to be bad."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A syndicated columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • Ken Murray Says • •
• • Hollywood, March 26 — — A Los Angeles man has just written a whole novel without once using the letter E. It seems to me that it must have been difficult weaving a plot that didn't mention love, sex, or money. And imagine — — 150 pages without giving a tumble to the lovely heroine's eyes, ears, nose, teeth, neck, chest, less, ankles or feet. That's a story the movies will never grab for Mae West. . . .
• • Source: Item in the North Adams Transcript; published on Friday, 26 March 1937
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • 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 4,000 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4006th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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