Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Mae West: Prohibited & Immoral

A charming article on MAE WEST appeared in Vintage News in 2017. Let’s enjoy it together.
• • Mae West did not begin her film career until she was almost 40 years old • •
• • uncommon for women her age • •
• • Brad Smithfield wrote: Despite it being uncommon for women her age to get any good roles in Hollywood, she was quick to land her first contract with Paramount Pictures.
• • Brad Smithfield wrote: One of those contracts also meant adapting “Diamond Lil” for the big screen, the film adaptation entitled “She Done Him Wrong.” The film was produced despite the fact that several of West’s plays, “Diamond Lil” included, were actually prohibited from being adapted as films by the Hays Offices; the reason being that they were immoral [i.e., according to The Code].
• • Brad Smithfield wrote: However, as it turned out, doing the movie was a decision that Paramount would never regret.
• • After the Wall Street crash, Tinseltown took a tumble • •  . . .
• • This delightful article will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Article by Brad Smithfield for The Vintage News; published on Saturday, 27 May 2017.
• • On Tuesday, 2 January 1934 in Chicago • •
Newlyweds Beverly and Vlad Baikoff
• • On 2 January 1934, when Mae's sister Beverly applied for a marriage license in Chicago, it was hoped that her second Russian-born husband would be a better companion than her ex-husband Sergei Treshatny. The groom Vladimir Baikoff made Beverly's acquaintance when both were booked on a radio program. Beverly was doing her famous Mae West impersonation for a broadcast — — and Vlad was eager to conjugate some sultry Slavic verbs with her in private, after the show.
• • On her marriage license, Beverly gave her age as 27, meaning that she had been born in 1907. This was consistent with Mae's calculations; in 1934, Mae was giving her birth year as 1900 and the siblings were seven years apart.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West and George Raft both knew Larry Fay, who was the business partner of the night club czarina Texas Guinan.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Good women are no fun. The only good woman I can recall in history is Betsy Ross. And all she ever made was a flag."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian arts critic discussed a biography of Mae West.
• • Australian critic Simon Caterson wrote: Few things in popular culture can date as fast as humour but Mae West, the brassy, man-eating comedienne whose heyday was the 1930s, remains a figure of surprising relevance and enduring appeal. The girls of "Sex and the City" are among her descendents, even though they lack the character of their spiritual great-grandmother. ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West: It Ain't No Sin" reviewed by Simon Caterson for The Sydney Morning Herald; published on Monday, 2 January 2006
• • 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 4118th 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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