Thursday, January 30, 2020

Mae West: Ribald Wisecracks

In case you missed a fascinating review of a book analyzing MAE WEST, here it is. This is Part 2 of 6 parts.
• • “Mae West, Diamond in the Rough” • •
• • toughness and the self-assurance that precluded victimization formed the stage character that Mae West carried from the cheap theaters • •
• • Gerald Weales wrote: "Tough girls were wild and made no secret of it," Hamilton says of the young women who alarmed social workers early in the century and who "simply did not see themselves as victims."
• • Gerald Weales wrote: The toughness and the self-assurance that precluded victimization were to form the stage character that, however bowdlerized it became in later years, West carried from the cheap theaters where she began her career to Broadway and Hollywood. Her dances (the "muscle dance," the "cootch," the shimmy, borrowed from a black Chicago club), her suggestive songs, her ribald wisecracks were too blatant for the refined wing of vaudeville, although she did briefly temper her vulgarity enough to get onto the stage of the Palace, New York's premier vaudeville showplace.
• • Sex” was short on art, long on lurid brothel scenes • • ...  
• • This book review by Gerald Weales will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: The Washington Post; published on Thursday, 11 January 1996.
• • On Monday, 30 January 2012 • •
• • "Mae West and famous faces take up temporary residence at gallery" • •
• • Images depicting the sex appeal of Mae West and Sophia Loren, comedic wit of Jack Lemmon, and the NYC neuroticism of Woody Allen have taken up space at Maitland Regional Art Gallery in Australia.
• • Emma Swain writes: Donated by new gallery patron Pat Corrigan, the exhibition features a collection of signed photographs of Hollywood stars including Mae West, Lauren Bacall, and Mickey Rooney. “This exhibition is a real 'who’s who' of old movie stars, but it’s also very interesting,” the gallery’s deputy director Kim Blunt said.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "In the Salt Lake City territory," Mayer goes on, "the only way exhibitors can be compelled to play 'Alice in Wonderland' is by refusing to give them Mae West pictures until they do!” declares Arthur L. Mayer in the current issue of Liberty.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My sister's husband is the kind of guy whose accent has an accent."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Motion Picture Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Breen O.K.'s Mae West Film • •
• • Hollywood, Aug. 8. — Joseph I. Breen has given the new Mae West film, "Belle of the Nineties," a seal of purity after several weeks of remaking. ...
• • Source: The Motion Picture Daily; published on Thursday, 9 August 1934
• • 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 15th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,300 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,399th 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • "Sometime" in 1911 • •
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