Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mae West: Red Carpet

The vaudeville bookings of MAE WEST were tracked by The New York Clipper on January 27th.
• • (New York City ) The Paris Gown, Duffy and Edwards, Mae West and Girard Bros., Brown and Mills, and Jack Little.
• • Source: Item in New York Clipper; published on Saturday,  27 January 1912.   
• • Screenland's January 1934 cover • •
• • Directly under a striking color portrait of Mae West on the cover of the January 1934 issue of Screenland, the Smart Screen Magazine, the editors promised that you would find "Mae West's Personal Message to You!" on page 24.
• • On Monday, 27 January 1930 in The Brooklyn Eagle • •
• • The death of Matilda Delker West was reported in The Brooklyn Eagle on Monday, 27 January 1930. A heartbreaking loss for her daughter Mae, who was born and bred in Brooklyn, where her mother introduced her to the vaudeville circuit.
• • On Friday, 27 January 1933 in the USA • •
• • The red carpet premiere of "She Done Him Wrong" took place in Hollywood on Friday, 27 January 1933. What a great day for Mae West.
• • On Thursday, 27 January 1938 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Frank S. Nugent, The Times man on the aisle, gave his review of "Every Day's a Holiday" on page 17 [N.Y. Times on Thursday, 27 January 1938]. Nugent didn't care for the motion picture per se but seemed to appreciate the live music played by Benny Goodman and his orchestra that was part of the New York Paramount Theatre's stage show.
• • In contrast, Variety's headline was "Benny Goodman — West Boffo B'way for $57,000" [Variety on 2 February 1938]. Considering this tally was done during the Great Depression, ticket receipts totaling $57,000 at the box office in NYC would indicate that Mae West definitely attracted a full house in her hometown.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The following titles were announced yesterday: Mae West will star in "Gentlemen's Choice" and "Me and the King"; Marlene Dietrich in "The Scarlet Empress," directed by Josef von Sternberg.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   “Jail life is not so bad after all. It may be the making of me." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New York Clipper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Benefit a Success" • •
• • The benefit given in aid of the sufferers of the Equitable fire, on the New York Theatre Roof, on January 18, was a big success, and the size of the crowd was a tribute to the cause of the management. Pat Casey and William Fox were the inceptors of the affair, and John Zanft and Harry Reichenbach shelled out the pasteboards.
• • Among those who volunteered were: Mae West and Company, Claude Golden, the card king; Carrie LilIe, Fields and Lewis, De Almo and Mae, Andy Rice, Evelyn Bennett, Dorothy Russell and Company, ln Ambition; King and Mackay, Adele Ritchie, Weston, Fields and Carroll, Great Lester, and Billy Hall, a real fireman.
• • Source: Item in The New York Clipper; published on Saturday,  27 January 1912
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,430 visitors. We reached a milestone yesterday: 3,100 posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3101st 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, January 26, 2015

Mae West: Panty Poem

It surprises a few people that MAE WEST occasionally penned poetry. 
• • For instance, when she was serving a jail term in 1927, Mae wrote a poem about the rough wool used to make scratchy, regulation prison underwear and dedicated it to the workhouse warden, Harry O. Schleth. 
• • There is no title so let's call her poem "Panty Lines."
• • I was angry when I met him,
• • but the fault was all his own,
• • for he gave me funny undies
• • that scratched me to the bone.
• • I said, "Look here, Warden,
• • These things I cannot wear,
• • Just feel them," and he answered,
• • "But that's not on the square.
• • Not that I don't want to,
• • But, good God, I wouldn't dare!"
• • Mae's experiences during incarceration pushed her to produce several poems. We'll print more at a later date. 
• • Since this is the 3,100th Mae West Blog post, it's time to show off "panty lines."
• • On Sunday, 26 January 1930 • •
• • Matilda, daughter of Christiana and Jacob Delker • •
• • The daughter of Christiana and Jacob Delker, Matilda was born in December 1870 — — perhaps in Wurttemberg, Germany, speculates biographer Jill Watts, noting that Jacob Delker had been working there in a sugar refinery. In January 1889, 18-year-old Matilda Delker wed John West.
• • Diem Obiit Mater: on Sunday, 26 January 1930 • •
• • However, she and her daughter Mae were really the love of each other's lives until Matilda died in the month of January — — on Sunday, 26 January 1930 — — at age 59. How terrifying it was for Mae during the winter of 1929, knowing that her mother's illness was worsening. After Matilda died, Mae felt, "There wasn't anyone to play to."
• • On Monday, 26 January 1948 • •
• • In Britain, The Times reported on Monday, 26 January 1948 that "Miss West is a competent actress. Appearing in a tawdry ornate framework of her own devising, she puts across her own kind of audacity with good timing and a shrewd sense of its own absurdity."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West’s Duesenberg among Hollywood cars at upcoming Wine Country Classic.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I had written a number of vaudeville sketches. I knew the theatre. I knew what audiences wanted."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Billboard mentioned Mae West.
• • January 6, 1951, New York — — For the long haul, diamonds are an angel's best friend.
• • Albert H. Rosen has mailed Christmas checks to "Diamond Lil" backers, bringing their returns to 100 per cent of therespective investments.  A year ago it looked as tho "Lil" would be lucky to pay off in rhinestones, what with a five-month lay-off due to star Mae West's broken leg.   . . .
• • Source: Item in Billboard; published on Saturday, 6 January 1951 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,430 visitors. We reached a milestone: 3,100 posts. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3100th 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, January 23, 2015

Mae West: "Every Day" Eddie

MAE WEST worked with the very versatile Eddie Sutherland, who directed her motion picture comedy "Every Day's a Holiday" in 1937.  An interesting article was written about him in 1939.
• • Born in London, England in early January, A. Edward Sutherland [5 January 1895 — 31 December 1973] hailed from a theatrical family.
• • "Who's Who in Hollywood" • • 
• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 211 • • •
• • A. Edward Sutherland. Director. Born in England, January 1897, of American parents. Attended school in France and England before coming to the United States, where he attended Roxbury Latin School, Boston. Entered pictures in 1915, acting with Helen Holmes in a serial, "The Girl and the Game."
• • Became a Keystone Kop. Was a member of Royal Flying Corps during World War. Was a leading man with Bebe Daniels and others at Realart. Was assistant to Charlie Chaplin for three years. Made his directorial bow on "Coming Thru," starring Thomas Meighan. Has directed Eddie Cantor, Bing Crosby, WilSiam Powell, Will Rogers, Spencer Tracy, Doug- las Fairbanks, Mae West, Edward Arnold, W. C. Fields, Clara Bow, Wally Beery, Raymond Hatton, Raymond Griffith, Gladys Swarthout, Joan Bennett, Rudy Vallee, Jack Oakie and others. Directed "Diamond Jim," "Every Day's a Holiday," "Mississippi," "Too Much Harmony," "International House," "Behind the Front," "We're in the Navy Now," "Close Harmony."
• • Now with Boris Morros Prods.
• • Source: Item in The Film Daily;  published on Wednesday, 19 July 1939.
• • On Sunday, 23 January 1927 in the New York Herald Tribune • •
• • When The New York Herald Tribune sent a journalist to cover "Sex," this newspaper printed the longest diatribe (perhaps) against Mae's play in their weekend edition on Sunday, 23 January 1927.
• • The Herald Tribune drama desk reviewer wrote: "It may be said of [Mae West] and "Sex" that they do not make sin attractive. The hell they picture is uninviting, a horrible place whose principal lady-viper has a tough hiss, an awkward strut and an over-plump figure. ..."
• • The newspaper had published another harsh review months before on 27 April 1926 but, for some reason, sent a reporter to take a second look. Since when is it fair to mock an actress because she's carrying a few extra pounds, eh? A stunning example of what critics scratch out when lost for words or unable to make valid points about a stage play.
• • On Wednesday, 23 January 1929 in Variety • •
• • "Diamond Lil" had its Chicago premiere on 20 January 1929 at the Apollo Theatre. A few days later, Mae West was troubled by terrible stomach pains that forced showtime delays or unusually long intermissions. Variety reported on Mae's suffering and its effect on her engagement in The Windy City in their issue dated on Wednesday, 23 January 1929.
• • Recorded on Monday, 23 January 1950 by NBC • •
• • This radio program was pre-recorded on Monday, 23 January 1950 for a national broadcast on NBC on 16 February 1950 to ensure that, if there were any unforeseen blips or sultry innuendo, this content could be erased by their audio engineers.
• • "The Chesterfield Supper Club," sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes, was pre-taped on January 23rd. Mae sang a duet with Perry Como and she told her version of "Little Red Riding Hood." The 28-minute show starred the host Perry Como, Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra, and guest-starred Mae West and The Fontane Sisters. Announcer: Martin Block. This is a funny episode and a good audio is available.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Offer Ten Grand to Mae" • •
• • Chicago — Mae West has received an offer to appear at a World's Fair spot at $10,000 a week. Balaban and Katz also are trying to make a deal for her to appear at one of their Loop houses this summer and it is possible arrangements may be made for her to play the theater and double at the Fair.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “I’m my own original creation. I concentrate on myself most of the time. That’s the only way a person can become a star in the true sense. I never wanted a love that meant surrender of my self-possession."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Brooklyn, N. Y. — "Beau Geste" scores smash at Fox Brooklyn establishing record gross for opening day, exceeded only by New Year's and Christmas opening and a Mae West personal appearance.   . . .
• • Source: Item in The Film Daily; published on Monday, 21 August 1939
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,430 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3099th 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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