Monday, February 03, 2020

Mae West: Sex Outlaw

In case you missed a fascinating review of a book analyzing MAE WEST, here it is. This is Part 4 of 6 parts.
• • “Mae West, Diamond in the Rough” • •
• • The Drag” showed the seamier side of NYC’s gay subculture • •
• • Gerald Weales wrote: She threatened to follow "Sex" with "The Drag," which would presumably do for the seamier side of gay subculture what "Sex" had done for the straight underworld, but pressured by the city and the Broadway establishment, both of which feared the prospect of censorship, she never opened the show.
• • Gerald Weales wrote: With "Diamond Lil" in 1928, she found the role that let her turn the sex outlaw into a finished comic creation. Her usual preoccupation with crime, prostitution, dope — — the whole bag of realistic melodrama — — was washed into retrospective innocence by the nostalgia that had long since cleaned the image of the once notorious Bowery, and her own "tough girl" was transformed into the figure of presumably irresistible sex that no one except the reformers — — and perhaps Mae West herself — — took seriously.
• • saw the insinuating walk, the knowing drawl • • . . . 
• • 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, 3 February 1936 in Hollywood • •
• • There must have been a good reason why Paramount Productions published a "Klondike Annie: censorship dialogue script" on Monday, 3 February 1936. This script was 146 pages long.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • New Orleans can relax. Paramount has given up that "Belle of New Orleans" title for Mae West's next opus. It will be "Belle of the Nineties."
• • Uptown Manhattan may now protest. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If you need a face job, why not?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Motion Picture Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • McVickers, Shy on Pictures, Darkens • •
• • Chicago, July 22. — Unable to get product of sufficient drawing power to keep the house going as its advertised "home of big pictures," B. and K. have closed the McVickers. Officials explain that the move is only temporary and due to the product situation.
• • Expectation is that B. and K. will get the new Mae West film to reopen the house when the film is finally available. …
• • Source: Motion Picture Daily; published on Monday, 23 July 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 4,400 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,401st 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 • • "The Drag" is banned in Bayonne, 1927  • •
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