• • What's Doing at the Cinema • •
• • “I'm No Angel” — Breaking Records at the Embassy • •
• • Mae West confesses • •
• • Mae West, whose latest picture "I'm No Angel" is now playing at the Embassy, with Cary Grant featured, confesses that she is a student of the lives and loves of the sex appeal champions of bygone days.
• • Her character, "Lady Lou," whom she portrayed in her film, "She Done Him Wrong," was based upon a woman who actually wreaked havoc with men's lives in the unregenerate Bowery of the Gay Nineties, Miss West said. This flamboyant caricature was not a modern reincarnation of any of the bad women of history, according to Miss West, but, she added, "her technique was the same." Mae also said that a sex worker can have more advanced ideas than most of her female onlookers.
• • Source: Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania); Wednesday, 22 November 1933.
• • On Wednesday, 9 January 1889 in Brooklyn, NY • •
• • On this date, John West took his best girlfriend Tillie Decker to Brooklyn's Borough Hall to apply for a marriage license. Mae's mother's name appears as "Tillie Decker" on the form, not as "Matilda."
• • On Wednesday, 9 January 1974 in Los Angeles • •
• • A popular piece of memorabilia for a Mae-maven is anything signed by the icon. One fan snapped up a check written on Wednesday, 9 January 1974. On that date Mae had signed a personal check, made out for $50 in cash and signed by the star in black ink.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In "Belle of the Nineties" starring Mae West cinema staple and singer Frank Rice will be seen in a minor role as the Best Man at a wedding.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Kiss and make up-but too much makeup has ruined many a kiss.”
• • Mae West said: "I've always taken the rap for the Code — — but it was really those Barbara Stanwyck pictures (i.e., 'Babyface') that did it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Pre-Code movies mentioned Mae West.
• • Susan King wrote: Though a number of these films revolved around the gangster world, including 1930's "Little Caesar," 1931's "The Public Enemy" and 1932's "Scarface," these pre-Code films were generally dominated by strong female actresses such as Mae West, Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo, and Clara Bow.
• • Susan King explained further: Women were much more sexually aggressive in pre-Code films, morals were loose. Their dialogue was suggestive. And their often skimpy outfits left little to the imagination. Some actresses who starred in pre-Code films flourished even after the Code crackdown in 1934. But others, like Mae West, whose image was so sexually charged, lost audiences as a more sanitized version of herself. ...
• • Source: Article: "Classic Hollywood: Pre-Code films out from Warner Archive" written by Susan King for The L.A. Times; published on Sunday, 8 January 2012
• • 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 • •
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