Monday, January 07, 2019

Mae West: Breaking Records

As MAE WEST would say, “When I’m good, I’m very good.” And when she broke records, one reporter quipped, she could have wiped out the Depression. Travel back in time on our a-MAE-zing magic carpet. This is Part 1 of 3 segments.
• • What's Doing at the Cinema • •
• • I'm No Angel” — Breaking Records at the Embassy • •
• • Someone has written that all we had thought Mae West was suited for (a few years ago) was a fast ride in the patrol wagon. Well, it’s all changed now.
• • Mae West is doing right well, thank you, at the Embassy Theatre where she is breaking all records in her greatest picture, "I'm No Angel."
• • Mae West may be appointed an ambassador to wipe out the depression and open the national banks, and if she continues to attract the crowds from coast to coast the same as she has been doing here in good old Reading, Pennsylvania town, they'll build bigger theatres and hang more balconies in the amusement places in America.
• • Every famous and infamous woman of history has sex appeal.
• • Mae boasted of an extensive home library • •  . . .
• • Part 2 appears tomorrow.
• • Source: Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania); Wednesday, 22 November 1933.
• • On Saturday, 7 January 1939 • •
• • On Saturday, 7 January 1939 Australian movie buffs were eager to see Mae West.  Her motion picture "Go West Young Man" had finally been released in the movie houses Down Under.  Exciting.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West will be costumed by Edith Head for her role in “Myra B.” as Leticia Van Allen.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I hold records all over the world. That's my ego, breaking records. So don't say they put me in someone else's room."
• • Mae West said:  "Mmm, funny, every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from." [a line from "My Little Chickadee"]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Newsday mentioned Mae West.
Courting Mae West cast member
• • Blake Green wrote: Few quips have achieved the immortality of Mae West's sultry invitation to Cary Grant: "Come up and see me sometime. [sic]" . . .
• • Source: Newsday (Long Island, NY); published on Friday, 7 January 2000
• • Note the error in word order made by Blake Green and many others:  What Mae West's character Lady Lou does say (to a very young Cary Grant) is: "You know I always did like a man in uniform. And that one fits you grand. Why don't you come up some time and see me?" However, the sentence that is much easier to articulate is said to Mae West's character Flower Belle Lee by W. C. Fields's character Cuthbert J. Twillie in the motion picture 'My Little Chickadee' [1940]."
• • 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 4,100 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4121st 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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