Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mae West: Bushwick Style

It was Sunday, 17 September 1933 and MAE WEST was sprawled across an entire page in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. This is the second half of a long article by Susan Shattuck.
• • "Beware!! Dangerous Curves!!" [Part 2] • •
• • "Go (Mae) West! Young Woman" Say the Fashion Dictators as Big Busts and Hefty Hips Again Fill Landscape!! • •
• • According to Edna Woolman Chase, now all that is changed. We have become very modest, so far as the length of our skirts is concerned. The era of the hour-glass figure has been restored to its pedestal, and the "fine figger of a woman" is again fashionable.  Thank you, Mae West! 
• • Shades of the Police Gazette and set 'em up again for the boys in the back room. Harry the Governor's Lady and Judy O'Grady are going to be sisters under the corsets again.  And a little girl from Brooklyn — — not so little, maybe, but from Bushwick — — is the cause of it all.
• • Mae West, the same little tyke that used to take bows on amateur nights in Bushwick playhouses, the gal that helped Walter Winchell, Al Seigel, Jack Whiting, and a number of other Broadway celebrities get where they are today via the vaudeville route, the same blond and curved Mae West who brought "Sex," her popular play to the Great White Way and has more recently won a place in the cinema hall of fame with "She Done Him Wrong," she is responsible. They are saying in Paris that she is the first movie queen, the first American woman, to be truthful, who has ever influenced the French modistes.  . . .
• • Source: Article and photo spread in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York); published on Sunday, 17 September 1933.
• • On Sunday, 18 September 1932 • •
• • After facing down the man who robbed her in Hollywood on mid-September 1932 in a Los Angeles courtroom, Mae was shocked and horrified to learn that stick-up-artist Harry Voiler [1891 — 1974] was released on bail in Miami during February 1934.
• • Details about Mae's recent testimony had been published in several weekend editions across the USA on Sunday, 18 September 1932. Harry Voiler, parolee. Yikes.
• • On Thursday, 18 September 1980 • •
• • It was September when Mae West was in the hospital and not doing well.  On Thursday, 18 September 1980, the Hollywood icon suffered a second stroke, and this left her right side paralyzed.  Dreadful.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • By the way, Mae is now working on her new contract by the terms of which she gets $100,000 a picture. They also say that the curvaceous one also gets about half that amount again for providing her own story and, be it known, Mae won't stand for anybody's writing stories for her pictures but Mae.
• • Well, it's quite an achievement, and you must hand it to Mae.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "lt is hard to see why people who will wear next to nothing on public beaches object to nudity on the screen."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Pottstown Mercury mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West 'Cm Up ’n See Me' Lass Is Acclaimed Angel” By Captain Mabel Murray • •
• • NEW YORK, March 16 (U.R) — — Mae West was acclaimed today by the Salvation Army as an “Angel” to the unemployed.  Captain Mabel Murray, head of the Army’s free employment bureau, did not exactly voice approval of the voluptuous film star’s pictures, but she did attribute a definite pick-up in work to Miss West.
• • “It’s the Mae West influence in styles,” Captain Murray said. “The corset industry appears to be enjoying a boom. We’ve placed every experienced corset worker on our rolls and we can find work for all who will apply to us.”
• • The heavy demand for corset workers resulted in “a phenomenal increase” in work placements by the Salvation Army bureau, Captain Murray said.
• • Source: Article rpt on page 2 of in Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, PA); published on Saturday, 17 March  1934    
• • 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 3007th 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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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mae West: Suggestion of Hips

It was Sunday, 17 September 1933 and MAE WEST was sprawled across an entire page in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Two large photos of Mae showed her costumed in Gay Nineties gowns along with a drawing of Diamond Lil in her stage corset (illustrated by Miguel Covarrubias) to accompany a long article by Susan Shattuck.
• • "Beware!! Dangerous Curves!!" • •
• • "Go (Mae) West! Young Woman" Say the Fashion Dictators as Big Busts and Hefty Hips Again Fill Landscape!! • •
• • Diamond Jim Brady would be right at home in New York City once more.  No less an authority than Edna Woolman Chase, editor-in-chief of Vogue, a smart fashion magazine, has been widely quoted as declaring that "we are really going Mae West."
• • "A new fashion was born at the recent openings of the French dressmaking houses," declares Mrs. Chase. "When Mae West's film was shown in Paris, it served to focus the minds of the smart designers in the Edwardian era — — the period from 1901 to 1910."
• • "Every new mode," explains Mrs. Chase, "spotlights some portion of the feminine anatomy. During the period just after the World War, attention was riveted on feminine limbs. Remember the knee-length dresses of 1911 — 1919? By way of contrasting modesty, we emphasized the tight-fitting bodice and the high-cut neck. Of course, we didn't admit to even so much as a suggestion of hips!"
• • According to Edna Woolman Chase, now all that is changed. We have become very modest, so far as the length of our skirts is concerned. The era of the hour-glass figure has been restored to its pedestal, and the "fine figger of a woman" is again fashionable.  Thank you, Mae West!  . . .
• • To be concluded tomorrow.
• • Source: Article and photo spread in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York); published on Sunday, 17 September 1933.
• • On Sunday, 17 September 1933 • •
• • On Sunday, 17 September 1933 readers of the New York Herald Tribune read this prediction: "It will not be at all surprising when Mae West's name and face are as popular a commercial trademark as Mickey Mouse," wrote J.C. Furnas.
• • On Wednesday, 17 September 1947 • •
• • "Mae West, with Diamonds, Arrived at 2 A.M." was the exuberant headline splashed across the United Kingdom's dailies on Wednesday, 17 September 1947.  The star of stage and screen attended a Press Reception at The Savoy Hotel in London the same night. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Film critics are predicting that you will see another new and sensational star — — none other than Mae West, the "Diamond Lil" of Broadway.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My pictures do not shock me, but I have been genuinely shocked by stories and some scenes that I have seen in the picture shows."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Cornell Daily Sun mentioned Mae West.
• • "My Little Chickadee" starring Mae West will be showing at the University Theatre, Willard Straight Hall, for two nights during the coming weekend.
• • Source: Item in The Cornell Daily Sun; published on Monday,  17 September 1951 
• • 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 3006th 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, September 16, 2014

Mae West: Star-Gazing Expert

MAE WEST was engaged for a lengthy interview with reporter Leicester Wagner. The article, reworked as Mae's first-person account, was offered as a syndicated series and reprinted in newspapers across the USA during September 1934.   This excerpt continues from where we left off yesterday (on Monday).
• • By Mae West (as told to Leicester Wagner) • •
• • Charlie Chaplin, by the way, has sex appeal. That may seem far-fetched but think it over. He has it, which Is one of the secrets of how he remains in favor.
• • And, yes, I understand, I wouldn't be thrown out at a stag party. But I'd rather make pictures than whoopee.
• • Astronomically speaking, the stars — — according to readings by professionals and by Stuart Holmes, who is one of the men in my new picture and a star-gazing expert — — indicate that Hollywood is in the path of Venus! The stars say this has a lot to do with continued good fortune for me, personally.
• • The next three years length of my contract, under which I am to make two pictures a year, will hold greater success for me, according to those who figure things out from the Heavens. Within those next three years, I'm supposed to take unto myself a husband — — a professional man — — says my horoscope. I'm not sure of either forecast (particularly about the professional man) but I'll admit he'd have to be an expert on women.   . . .
• • This week-long feature from 1934 may be continued at a later day but that's all for now.
• • Source: Syndicated article rpt in Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Indiana); published on Wednesday, 12 September 1934.
• • On Saturday, 16 September 1911 • •
• • Variety reviewed the cabaret show (issue dated for Saturday, 16 September 1911) while "A la Broadway" was still in rehearsal.  Choreographer Ned Wayburn helped Mae West, who studied dance with him, get into the cast.
• • On Monday, 16 September 1928 • •
• • Mae West's play "Pleasure Man" opened on a Monday evening on 16 September 1928 at the Bronx Opera House in New York City.
• • On Saturday, 16 September 1933 • •
• • The film crew had called it a wrap for "I'm No Angel" in early September.  Then on Saturday, 16 September 1933, James Wingate of the Hays Office in Los Angeles sent a Western Union telegram to a colleague on the East Coast. "Just saw the 'Angel' picture,"  Wingate wrote. "We think it is satisfactory with exception very few lines still under discussion."  He added, "Much better than we expected."
• • On Tuesday, 16 September 1947 • •
• • "Mae West on Way for London Show" was the jolly headline in a few Australian publications on Tuesday, 16 September 1947.  Fans were informed that the Hollywood icon was sailing to England on the Queen Mary to begin assembling a British cast for "Diamond Lil."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Brave women have carved this trail of emancipation from ageism for my generation — — for instance, Mae West did her best in the USA nearly a century ago.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I am opposed to nudity, crudity and vulgarity in all forms. I provide healthy entertainment to the movies because I have never taken sex seriously. I 'kidded' it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily Illini mentioned Mae West.
• • Rialto Bills Mae West's Latest Production, "Belle of the Nineties."
• • Source: Item in Daily Illini; published on Sunday, 16 September 1934 
• • 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 3005th 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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