Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mae West: Rent Mae's Pillow

More and more lodge-owners are dedicating one unit to commemorate MAE WEST. Here are some "Mae West Room reviews" written by satisfied globe-trotters (but no pictures, alas).
• • The Mae West Room • •
• • Hotel Keizershof (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) • •
• • A traveler wrote: The Hotel Keizershof is located in a great location — — within walking distance of all the main attractions, yet in a quiet enclave. However, it can get loud if you have a room facing the canal. We stayed in the Mae West Room, the smallest of all the rooms. The room, very comfortable and clean, comes with a shared bathroom and shower, which was fine and we never had to wait.  . . .
• • The Inn at Long Lake (Naples, Maine) • •
• • A married couple wrote: We were in the Mae West Room. Place is very charming, friendly, and full of antiques and memorabilia. The veranda is a perfect spot to enjoy hors d' oeuvres and the innkeeper's fabulous cookies!
• • On Friday, 30 July 1937 • •
• • The headline read: "Marriage of Mae West — Court Order Sought." And the legal battle was ever so much longer than their relationship.
• • Los Angeles, July 28 — A petition by Frank Wallace, a vaudeville performer, for an order decreeing that he and Mae West, the film star, were still man and wife, was refused by the Court today. The Court was satisfied, however, that the two had been married on April 11, 1911.
• • Miss West admitted early this month that she had married Mr. Wallace in 1911, but denied that she had ever lived with him. She alleged that he had married again without having obtained a divorce from her.  Mr. Wallace brought an action to compel Miss West to admit their relationship and divide their community property, which, he said, exceeded £20,000.
• • Source: The Argus (Australia); published on Friday, 30 July 1937.
• • On Tuesday, 30 July 1957 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Mae West sued Hollywood Confidential Magazine for defamation and the trial began in early August 1957 in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, 30 July 1957, The N.Y. Times ran an item explaining the issues at stake. Mae submitted sworn depositions to avoid testifying in person.
• • Save the Date: Wednesday, August 13th • •
• • Wednesday, 13 August 2014 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the event will start at 6:30 pm at 425 Sixth Avenue. The theme will be: "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill."   
• • Details: August 13th event
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Only Mae West and Marlene Dietrich were permitted to choose their parts at Paramount.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "She who laughs lasts."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in a  newspaper discussed Mae West.
• •  "Miss Mae West — — Court Declares She Was Married in 1911" • •
• • "Husband's Request Refused" • •
• • The Court's order Is the outcome of a lawsuit brought by Mr. Wallace to compel her to admit the relationship, and to divide their joint property, which, he alleges, exceeds $100.000 dollars (£Aust 25,000).  Miss West for many years denied that she had ever been married, but early this month she admitted that Mr Frank Wallace became her husband 26 years ago. Miss West denied that she had ever lived with him, and alleged that he subsequently "remarried" without obtaining a divorce from her.  ...
• • Source: Article reprinted by The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW); published on Friday, Friday, 30 July 1937 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2968th 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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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mae West: Bare Chest Act

The beefcake act dreamed up by MAE WEST proved to be outrageously successful and reporters from all over the USA hurried to Las Vegas to watch "The Mae West Revue." The concept and staging were quite ingenious. We've been posting the various reactions by American reporters in July 1954 and here's another.
• • "Mae West Introducing Beef Cake to Night Club" • • 
• • LAS VEGAS (EE) — Mae West, at 62 still blonde and curvaceous, made her night club debut last night by introducing "beef cake" to saloon shows. The queen of comedy sex was greeted with whistles and cheers at the Hotel Sahara as she made her comeback to big time show business with her usual shoulder and hip wiggles and risque songs. But her retinue of eight muscular men, including Dick DuBois, Mr. America of 1954, brought down the house in what Miss West called "the first bare chest act for lady customers in history.
• • "I know what to give the women," she murmured after the show. "A woman likes to look at any male body." 
• • "Loves Them All" • •
• • "Muscles, big or small men — — men, men, I love them all," Mae chanted in that slurring voice that helped make her a star of stage and screen.  ...
• • Source: The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California); published on Thursday, 29 July 1954.
• • On Thursday, 29 July 1937 • •
• • Frank Wallace and the on-going lawsuit he initiated, to get the court to recognize his marriage in 1911 to Mae West, made enough waves in the news media. However, an item in the Los Angeles Citizen-News on Thursday, 29 July 1937 reported that Paramount Pictures "announced 98% of her fan mail had been favorable" despite the drawn-out divorce debacle.
• • Save the Date: Wednesday, August 13th • •
• • Wednesday, 13 August 2014 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the event will start at 6:30 pm at 425 Sixth Avenue. The theme will be: "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill."   
• • Details: August 13th event
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Claiming to be the oldest bar in Hot Springs, Arkansas (since 1905), The Ohio Club boasted that they fed drinks to the likes of Mae West, Al Jolson, and Al Capone. It was a Hollywood stars hang-out as well as a favored dining spot of gangsters.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Sex is good for you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in a  newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West, young man! A five-film salute to the comedy legend kicks off with the 1933's "I'm No Angel" co-starring Cary Grant. 5 p.m. Turner Classic Movies.  ...
• • Source: Article: "TV This Week June 29 — July 5" in the Los Angeles Times; published on Friday, 27 June 2014 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2967th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Mae West: Sex-to-1

On July 28th, MAE WEST was in the headlines and fogging up the eyeglasses of newspaper readers everywhere.
• • "Mae West Is a Column for Men" • •
• • "Stag Lines out of the Sahara" • •
• • Las Vegas, Nevada, July 28. Mae West opened a two-week stand at the Sahara Hotel last night, selling the same kind of sexy entertainment that launched her career 30 years ago. Although it would seem they were made for one another, this was the first time Miss West and Las Vegas have met professionally.
• • She appeared with half a dozen muscle men, including Richard DuBois, Mr. America of 1954, and a large crowd seemed to like what it got. This consisted of double entendre dialogue and some songs, notably "Frankie and Johnnie," which Diamond Lil sang with Dick DuBois. The 60-year-old Miss West wore a black sequined gown which fully covered the bosom but left bare a not-too-trim midriff.
• • Other guests at the Sahara said the actress  . . .
• • Source:  The Plain Speaker (Hazelton, PA); published on Wednesday, 28 July 1954.
• • On Friday, 28 July 1922 • •
• • For the out-of-town try-outs of her new show "The Ginger Box Revue" in Connecticut on July 28 and July 29th, 1922, Mae West had polished her parody of O'Neill's tragic hero.
• • Backed by a dozen chorines (the Stoker Girls) and a black orchestra, Mae sang, “Eugene O’Neill, You’ve Put a Curse on Broadway” and bellowed “Yank-style” lines including, “She don me doit! Lemme up! I’ll show her who’s an ape.”
• • On Tuesday, 28 July 1931 in NYC • •
• • An agreement between Mae West and Howard Merling (signed by both of them) acknowledged his help with background research for her novel and stage play "Babe Gordon." Additionally, there was a receipt, written by Howard Merling, noting he received the sum of $500 dollars from Mae West on Tuesday, 28 July 1931.
• • On Tuesday, 27 July 1954 in Vegas • •
• • On Tuesday, 27 July 1954 Mae West opened at the Congo Room. This exotic night spot, inside the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, offered patrons a full supper with a live performance of "The Mae West Revue" onstage.
• • On Wednesday, 28 July 1954 in Variety • •
• • "Odds Are Sex-to-1" • •
• • Variety was awestruck by "this magnificent herd of males" and such a refreshing new concept. The article "Odds Are Sex-to-1 Mae West Makes Her Point in Las Vegas" was printed on page 3 in Variety on Wednesday, 28 July 1954.
• • Save the Date: Wednesday, August 13th • •
• • Wednesday, 13 August 2014 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the event will start at 6:30 pm at 425 Sixth Avenue. The theme will be: "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill."   
• • Details:  August 13th event
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • During this time, Hal Roach also employed director Leo McCarey, whose contribution to Hollywood includes guiding Laurel and Hardy, and directing screen legends like Gloria Swanson, Mae West, and W.C. Fields, to name only a few.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I did not change my way of life. I harmed no one. I had a philosophy, an idea of how to live fully and in my way.  I believed in it as fully and as strongly as I believed in being an American."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Flower Bomb Songs mentioned Mae West.
• • Colin wrote: Somebody's Chyldren, led by David Clark Allen, had two songs, 'I'm Up' and 'Marionettes' on the 'Hellcats' soundtrack released on Tower Records in 1967. They were also Mae West's backing band on her 'Way Out West' LP.  . . .
• • Source:  Flower Bomb Songs; posted on  Wednesday, 28 July 2010
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2966th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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