Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mae West: Carliss at McCarter

In July 1952, the news from Princeton, New Jersey was "MAE WEST at McCarter." Her character in this play was Carliss Dale.
• • Town Topics wrote:  Mae West, who takes over completely any show in which she is starred, is the central figure at the Princeton Summer Theatre this week in "Come on Up . . . Ring Twice.” As the title clearly implies to any one familiar with her brand of entertainment, the play was written expressly for her.  First presented in Chicago and on the Pacific Coast several years ago, it is receiving its Eastern premiere at the McCarter.
• • Item in Town Topics (Princeton); published on June 29 — July 5, 1952.
• • 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.
• • On Thursday, 29 July 1954 • •
• • This article was sent out to the wire services:  "Mae West Introducing Beef Cake to Night Club." Starring in The Mae West Revue, gorgeous 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," Mae West murmured after the show. "A woman likes to look at any male body."
• • Save the Dates: 3 Mondays in August 2015 • •
• • Onstage Outlaws — — Mae West and Texas Guinan during the Lawless Prohibition Era • •
• • 3 events commemorate the Brooklyn bombshell’s August birthday in the room where she faced a judge who sent her to jail • •
• • New York's Annual Mae West Tribute: to celebrate the birthday of Brooklyn bombshell Mae West, on August 3rd and on August 10th, her films will be shown at 6:00pm. The first one, "Sextette" [1978] will be screened on August 3rd. Then "Go West Young Man" [1936] will be screened on August 10th. The August 17th multi-media presentation will feature light refreshments (courtesy of East Village Cheese) and a raffle. You could win rare films starring Texas Guinan. Or maybe a rare reprint by The New Yorker’s caricaturist Alfred Freuh or by a famous N. Y. Times illustrator.
• • Refreshment sponsor: East Village Cheese

• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West says she thinks she is a narrow-minded woman. Well, we forgive her. It's the only place she is.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Sex is emotion in motion."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The London Guardian discussed Mae West.
• • British critic Helen Zaltzman wrote: A 'sex personality' with Oscar Wilde's capacity for quips, Mae West's 'great secret' was that she was a hard-working writer by night, knocking out three novels and 12 plays and more than 20,000 finely honed ripostes.   . . .
• • Source: Review column by Helen Zaltzman in The London Guardian; published on Saturday 29 July 2006 
• • Note: What's your favorite Mae West biography? How many books by Mae West have you bought? Our Mae West bookshelf is always expanding. New Mae West titles seem to pop up each year — — the good, the bad, the weird, and even the books that use her name in the title but have nothing to do with her, too!
• • 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 3233rd 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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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mae West: Alberta Stage Play

MAE WEST starred in the motion picture "Go West Young Man," a title with no comma. You can see this film for free on Monday, 10 August 2015 (see below). And whaddya know? A Canadian dramatist borrowed this title recently for a new stage play.
• • "Craig Russell" was the stage name of Russell Craig Eadie [10 January 1948 30 October 1990), a Canadian female impersonator. Craig Russell started a fan club for Mae West while in his teens. He even went to California in 1967 and lived with Mae West, then age 74. After several months in Los Angeles, he returned home.  
• • "Go West, Young Man" by Darrin Hagen • •
• • Edmonton Journal wrote: Several Edmonton writers are among the winners of the 2015 Alberta Playwriting Competition, awarded by the Alberta Playwrights’ Network and Theatre Alberta.  . . . Edmonton playwright, actor and director Darrin Hagen was awarded an honourable mention in the grand prize category for his play "Go West, Young Man," about a true-life encounter between 15-year-old drag artist-to-be Craig Russell and 80-year-old [sic] Hollywood glamour queen Mae West, later his most famous impersonation.
• • Source: Excerpt from an article in Edmonton Journal; published on Thursday,23 July 2015.
• • 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 • •
• • "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 Dates: 3 Mondays in August 2015 • •
• • Onstage Outlaws — — Mae West and Texas Guinan during the Lawless Prohibition Era • •
• • 3 events commemorate the Brooklyn bombshell’s August birthday in the room where she faced a judge who sent her to jail • •
• • New York's Annual Mae West Tribute: to celebrate the birthday of Brooklyn bombshell Mae West, on August 3rd and on August 10th, her films will be shown at 6:00pm. The first one, "Sextette" [1978] will be screened on August 3rd. Then "Go West Young Man" [1936] will be screened on August 10th. The August 17th multi-media presentation will feature light refreshments (courtesy of East Village Cheese) and a raffle. You could win rare films starring Texas Guinan. Or maybe a rare reprint by The New Yorker’s caricaturist Alfred Freuh or by a famous N. Y. Times illustrator.
• • Refreshment sponsor: East Village Cheese

• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Actors and actresses who appeared at Central City Opera House include Walter Huston, Ruth Gordon, Sam Jaffe, Mae West, Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy and Michael Redgrave.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "The wages of sin are sables."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Los Angeles Daily News mentioned Mae West.
• • Karen E. Weber wrote: A tribute to fine art on four wheels is the Mullin Automotive Museum.  Honoring the art deco period of French automotive design, the Mullin’s stylish vehicles feature long hoods, gleaming chrome and fenders as voluptuously curved as Mae West.  . . .
• • Source: Article in The Los Angeles Daily News; published on Monday, 7 April 2014
• • 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 3232nd 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 27, 2015

Mae West: The Glendale

Since there were numerous MAE WEST fans in Eagle Rock, California, her motion pictures were often introduced with some information about the star — — whether it was accurate or not.
• • "Mae West at the Glendale" • •
• • Mae West, the most talked of person on stage or screen today, was born in Brooklyn. Her parents were in vaudeville [sic], and so she graduated Into the “time” and went along for years until she decided to write plays. She wrote three: "Sex,” “Diamond Lil” and “Pleasure Man.” She has blonde hair and hazel eyes.
• • At Glendale's Most Popular Theatre — — Mae West in “She Done Him Wrong” — — on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 27—28—29.
• • Source:  Item in Eagle Rock Advertiser; published on Thursday, 27 July 1933.
• • 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 as they watched a live performance. If you were in the audience when "The Mae West Revue" was onstage in 1954, you might have selected Broiled Fresh Colorado Brook Trout, Maitre d'Hotel, for $5.25.
• • The Sahara knew that guests wanted to bring home special keepsakes, so they commissioned souvenir keys. The front side of the key was imprinted "Hotel Sahara Las Vegas, Nevada" while the reverse message was "Come up and see me sometime, Mae West."  What a grand premiere. There were also colorful cards featuring Mae West in glamourous attire in the Congo Room. Announcing this star-dusted stage debut was a publication called Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine. Their issue dated for 24 July 1954 featured Mae West on the front cover.
• • Save the Dates: 3 Mondays in August 2015 • •
• • Onstage Outlaws — — Mae West and Texas Guinan during the Lawless Prohibition Era • •
• • 3 events commemorate the Brooklyn bombshell’s August birthday in the room where she faced a judge who sent her to jail • •
• • New York's Annual Mae West Tribute: to celebrate the birthday of Brooklyn bombshell Mae West, on August 3rd and on August 10th, her films will be shown at 6:00pm. The first one, "Sextette" [1978] will be screened on August 3rd. Then "Go West Young Man" [1936] will be screened on August 10th. The August 17th multi-media presentation will feature light refreshments (courtesy of East Village Cheese) and a raffle. You could win rare films starring Texas Guinan. Or maybe a rare reprint by The New Yorker’s caricaturist Alfred Freuh or by a famous N. Y. Times illustrator.
• • Refreshment sponsor: East Village Cheese

• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West — — now she is a trouper of the old order.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Too much of a good thing is wonderful."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media mentioned Mae West.
• • The vamp represents one of the few female images that is allowed to look at men freely. Mae West couples her disparaging meat-tester's gaze directly with carnal motives: after a few knowledgeable glances she taps the men on their rear ends.  In contrast to this is Marilyn Monroe's constantly veiled stare.  . . .
• • Source: Excerpt from the article "Why women go to the movies" written in German by Gertrud Koch and translated into English by Marc Silberman; published in Jump Cut, number 27, pp. 51-53, issue dated for July 1982 
• • 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 3231st 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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