Monday, October 08, 2018

Mae West: Sit and Gabble

Many great minds have contemplated MAE WEST — — but great minds don’t think alike. Academic and author Chase Dimock has written an interesting article on Mae as a playwright. This is Part 26.
• • Why Don’t You Come Up Sometime and Queer Me? • •
• • Reclaiming Mae West as Author and Sexual Philosopher • •
• • “Not one damn solitary thing!” • •
• • Chase Dimock wrote: In “The Drag,” the Judge, still accusing the Doctor, said:  “Not one damn solitary thing, so far as I have been able to learn. You sit back just as you are doing now and gabble about faith, hope, and charity — — you commiserate with these abnormal creatures, out of the charity of your hearts, no doubt, but you don’t lift a finger to relieve the situation. I happen to know that there are approximately five million homosexuals in the United States and of these the greater percentage are born sexual inverts. … And yet, you brilliant physicians, you learned doctors who are curing cancer, tuberculosis and other diseases have not bothered to thoroughly investigate what is as vitally menacing to society as any of the more pernicious diseases. Have you five million cancer cases in this country, or in the world for that matter? Yet you sit back in your offices and rant and rail against what the law is doing to handle the situation, but can you offer a solution?”
• • “There is a cure for this thing!” • •  . . .
• • His article will be concluded on Wednesday’s post.
• • Source: As It Ought to Be
• • Chase Dimock, who teaches Literature and Composition at College of the Canyons, is Managing Editor of As It Ought to Be.
• • Happy Birthday, Rona Barrett • •
• • Rona Barrett, a gossip columnist and friend of Mae's, was born on Thursday, 8 October 1936.  Hope it's a beautiful day for you, Miss Rona.
• • On Thursday, 8 October 1931 • •
• • A review of "The Constant Sinner" appeared in the Herald Tribune.  "West's New Play" ran in the newspaper on Thursday, 8 October 1931.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It was in October 1933 when Mae recorded "They Call Me Sister Honky Tonk" for the Brunswick label.  The song was written for the motion picture she starred in: "I'm No Angel."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "All those young faces in that mob last night. So friendly. They're my television fans. No, I don't know that they're being ruined by all this permissiveness, this nudity and what-have-you. Somebody's pushing it, but it's the times."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Brooklyn site mentioned Mae West.
• • Bradley Spinelli wrote: So I have to ask, do you have any fun Mae West stories? She’s a legend around here because supposedly [sic] she lived upstairs from Teddy’s [silly and untrue!].
• • Leslie Zemeckis replied: I don’t, because she wasn’t a stripper. I just have a little about her in the Mabel film, because Mabel Stark doubled for her [in movies]. And Mae West said about her, I guess they asked her, “Is there any other woman you’d wanna be?” and she said, “Oh, that tiger lady!” . . .
• • Source: Bedford and Bowery; published on Thursday, 27 September 2018
• • 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 4059th 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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