Monday, July 23, 2018

Mae West: Heavy Offers

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 2 of four sections.
• • “Mae West’s Gross of Free Printers’ Ink Stuff Is a Present-Day Record” • •
• • Today the reporters are begging Mae for an interview • •
• • Daily Variety wrote:  Today papers from all parts of the world are begging for Mae West articles, photos, and stories. Snooty magazines are going in a big way for specialized articles and artwork. The Interviewers are standing in line to get their stories. Women's magazines are giving their readers every angle of the fashion trends of the 1890s, which were revived by Mae West in one picture and the commercial tie-ups are being turned down every day, despite heavy offers of cash for the Mae West endorsement. Even the newsreels are trying to take advantage of the player's huge popularity by getting special clips of any kind.
• • 185 Interviews • • 
• • Daily Variety wrote:  She has had a total of 186 interviews with magazine and newspaper writers since she returned to Hollywood in April. During the past two weeks, no less than 12 managing editors of first run daily papers have sent requests to Paramount Pictures studio for first-hand stories and exclusives that can be furnished them on Mae West.
• • Editors vying for the life story of Mae West • •  . . .
• • These excerpts will continue on Tuesday.
• • Source: Article in Daily Variety, page 3; published on Tuesday, 19 September 1933.
• • On Monday, 23 July 1934 in Film Daily • •
• • W. C. Fields wrote: I have been approached by Mae West to consider collaborating. But I want my work to stand out individually. Besides Mae has the wrong slant on this thing. She says she does her best writing in bed. Well, I do my best loafing there and consider that that is the primary purpose of a bed.
• • Source: Article: "W. C. Fields Talks About His Grand Passion" in Film Daily; published on Monday, 23 July 1934.
• • Nope! Mae West never performed at Neir’s • •
• • Mae West never performed at Neir's — — nor did she ever set foot in this all-male bastion of sweaty factory laborers.
• • For decades, laborers went to bars to drink, relax, spit, smoke cigars, curse, discuss politics, and (most importantly) to get away from wives and women.
• • Learn more about Woodhaven, a factory hub during the brief time the West family resided there.
• • LINK: Mae West was never inside Neir's
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • With the new season here, major studios are frantically searching for new picture personalities, realizing that with the exception of Mae West and Katharine Hepburn, the past year has given little in the way of names to stimulate the box office.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A girl in the convertible is worth five in the phonebook."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Daily Variety mentioned Mae West.
• • Variety wrote: Although Mae West's contract calls for only two pictures yearly. Paramount bringing pressure to get star to make three under special financial arrangements. 'I'm No Angel' washed up Saturday.
• • Variety wrote: Mae West starts immediately writing another original screenplay, 'It Ain't No Sin,' which Paramount Pictures hopes to have completed by the first of the year.
• • Studio planning in these two pictures to cash in on 'She Done Him Wrong.' . . .
• • Source: Item in Daily Variety; published on Sunday, 11 September 1938 
• • 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 14th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fourteen 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 4007th 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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  1. As Mae West quipped throughout her long and varied career, "Goodness had nothing to do with it." Thank goodness for you, for exposing nonsense like "Mae West "performed at Neir's." I have been travelling a lot this year, but always make it a point to start my day reading your delightful and informative Mae West Blog!

  2. • • Thank you, Mark.
    • • The West family did not move to Woodhaven until Mae West was 22 years old. Her credits included Broadway musicals and coast-to-coast touring. Therefore, the lie that she "began her career" in a blue-collar bar for male factory workers is preposterous.
    • • The Woodhaven, Queens kooks even got the IMDb, etc. etc. to list that as her "birthplace."
    • • During Mae's era in NYC, Woodhaven did not even have a movie house. It was a cultural desert where NO vaudevillians got their start.