Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Mae West: Daily Trojan

MAE WEST  makes many appearances in the newly digitized archives of the University of Southern California History Collection.  Here's one bit from the Daily Trojan.
• • "Twelve Movies and Mae West" • •
• • "Film Classics Sponsor Selected Series" • •
• • After surveying movies from studies of eight nations, Delta Short, an art, documentary, and cinema fraternity, will sponsor a series of 12 Film Classics beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Founders Hall. Season ticket books costing $3 each will go on sale . . .  Two showings will be made each Tuesday evening, one at 7:30 in room 133 and another at 8:30 in 229. . . .
• • "Mae Be Difficult" • •
• • Inviting glamorous Mae West to give an introductory speech about her picture with W. C. Fields, “My Little Chickadee,” is the task now facing Delta Kappa Alpha.
• • “Miss West’s appearance might be difficult to obtain, but we plan to have speakers for each of the presentations,” said Roger Caras, Film Classics chairman.
• • Source: Item in Daily Trojan (Los Angeles);  published on Monday, 21 September 1953.  
• • On Tuesday, 1 September 1931 • •
• • After "The Constant Sinner" (set in Harlem) opened, Variety made its feelings known in their issue dated for Tuesday, 1 September 1931.  Variety noted:  "Diamond Lil" was a Mother Goose story compared to this one. 
• • Variety — — always good for a laugh.
• • On Friday, 1 September 1939 • •
• • It was on Friday, 1 September 1939 in Great Britain when English viewers saw Mae West featured in a splashy cameo in “Mickey’s Gala Premiere” on the telly.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West herself parodied Greta Garbo in the film within a film, "The Drifting Lady" in "Go West Young Man."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I wasn't completely satisfied with 'I'm No Angel,'  I'll admit — — but this one is going to outclass both the others."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Schlesinger Library in Cambridge, Mass. mentioned Mae West.
• • The Schlesinger Library draws thousands of researchers each year to study the history of women in the United States.  The library holds letters and diaries, photographs, books and periodicals, ephemera, oral histories, and audiovisual materials that document the history of women, families, and organizations, primarily in the 19th and 20th centuries.  . . .   
• • Manuscript collection highlights include the papers of Mae West, Harriet Beecher-Stowe, Julia Child, the National Organization for Women, and Amelia Earhart. ...
• • The Library is located at 10 Garden Street in Radcliffe Yard.
• • Source: Item from The Schlesinger Library;  posted in June 2015 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3257th 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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Monday, August 31, 2015

Mae West: Baby Face Benny

In her final motion picture "Sextette," MAE WEST enchants the leaders of the world by appearing at a banquet and singing "Baby Face."  This popular number was written by Benny Davis and Harry Akst, musicians who were both born in August.
• • Harry Akst [15 August 1894  — 31 March 1963] • •
• • Benny Davis [28 August  1893 —  20 December 1979] • •
• • Like Mae West, Benny Davis was born in New York City in 1893 in the month of August — — on Monday, August 28th.
• • Benny Davis attended NYC's public schools. By the age of 14, he was appearing on the variety artist circuit. He went on to troupe in vaudeville with Benny Fields as an accompanist to Blossom Seeley.  Benny Davis wrote the Broadway stage scores for "Artists and Models of 1927" and "Sons o' Guns."  Additionally, he scored three editions of the Cotton Club Revues.
• • But 1921 was a watershed year when "Baby Face" was born with Benny as the composer and Harry Akst as the lyricist.  Enormously successful, "Baby Face" was performed and recorded by many recording artists of the time, including Al Jolson.  This number continues to be a commonly performed song.  Benny Davis collaborated with many musicians including Milton Ager, whose songs found favor with Mae West.
• • In 1921, he joined ASCAP.
• • Benny Davis died in North Miami, Florida on Thursday, 20 December 1979. He was 84.
• • On another post, we'll spend time with his collaborator Harry Akst.
• • On Wednesday, 31 August 1938 • •
• • An article complimenting Mae West and applauding her newest motion picture "Every Day's a Holiday" was published in The Queenslander (Brisbane, Australia) on Wednesday, 31 August 1938.
• • The Queenslander wrote: Mae West goes back to her favourite period, the nineties of last century, for her latest film, "Every Day's a Holiday," a Paramount picture. It has a steady flow of Westian wit, such as "Let joy be unrefined," with a plot that gives the comedienne large scope. She has surrounded herself with an imposing array of male comedy talent, including Walter Catlett, Charles Butterworth, and Charles Winninger, and has included Edmund Lowe for romantic appeal, so that the film will not disappoint even the most critical of her admirers.  ...
• • On Sunday, 31 August 1969 • •
• • "Sex is an emotion in motion," Mae West told The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, 31 August 1969. That's a pretty provocative way to end a hot month, eh?
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • All in all the "Mae West Revue" is a show that is playing to capacity audiences every performance.  It is a show that is being acclaimed as the finest on any night club stage.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "The score never interested me, only the game."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Former Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten mentioned Mae West.
• • John Lydon said:  So our new song “C’est La Vie” is my anthem to becoming an American. And then we have a song called “Bettie Page,” about a woman who was denigrated as a stripper.  
• • John Lydon continued:  But I think Bettie Page was absolutely emperor in her approach to life. She had to endure all manner of hell of on earth.  And I also threw in Mae West and Robert Mapplethorpe.  . . .
• • Source: Article: "Brit Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) Is Now an American Citizen" written by J. Bennett for Noisey.Vice.com; posted on Monday, 24 August 2015  
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3256th 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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Friday, August 28, 2015

Mae West: Sex Sorcery

MAE WEST was bringing great delight to her friends in New Zealand on Wednesday, 28 August 1935. The Press in Christchurch announced this.
• • "Amusements" • •
• • The Press wrote:  She's gone modern!  Here she is, crashing into society and doin' 'em wrong the modern way.  Mae West brings high life to society, mingling with the best people and finding the best men — — Friday next! Here is romance and excitement and a Mae West you'll enjoy more than ever before in "Now I'm a Lady" with Paul Cavanagh and Ivan Lebedeff.
• • Recommended by the Censor for Adults.
• • Reserves D.I.C. or Majestic 33-537.
• • Source: Notice (page 1) in The Press (New Zealand); published on Wednesday, 28 August 1935.
• • On Monday, 28 August 1933 in Hollywood Reporter • •
• • According to a news item in The Hollywood Reporter published on Monday, 28 August 1933, Alexander Hall and George Somnes were set to co-direct the Mae West motion picture  "Belle of the Nineties."  However, these men were later replaced by Leo McCarey.
• • On Monday, 28 August 1939 in Life • •
• • Life Magazine's issue (dated 28 August 1939) included a half-page photo of Mae West.
• • On Saturday, 28 August 1954 in the Skyroom • •
• • A glamourous photo of Mae West accompanied the article "Mae West Muscle Men Skyroom Hit" printed in Reno Evening Gazette, top of page 2, on Saturday, 28 August 1954.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Interviewing Mae West is rather like talking with the Sphinx or warming up to the Mona Lisa. You are so filled with awe at conversing with one of the Wonders of the World, and with admiration of the ultimate in symbolic sex sorcery, that addlement may easily set in.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "Men are my hobby. If I ever got married, I'd have to give it up.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California paper mentioned Mae West.
• • One of Mae West’s successes, “Night After Night” will play a return engagement Wednesday and Thursday. Miss West has suddenly sprung into great popularity with screen fans, and her admirers will be attracted by this production.
• • At the York Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, August 30th—31st — — Return Engagement of Mae West in “Night After Night” — —  only 15 cents admission.
• • Wednesday Night at York Theatre is Grocery Night! 
• • Source: Item in  Eagle Rock Advertiser (Eagle Rock, California); published on Monday, 28 August 1933
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3255th 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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