Friday, October 24, 2014

Mae West: Stalin in Hollywood

In 1934, MAE WEST appeared in Great Britain in the center of a political cartoon drawn by Sir  David Alexander Cecil Low [7 April 1891 — 19 September 1963]. So did Swedish actress Greta Garbo [18 September 1905 — 15 April 1990], who purrs, "Ah tank I loaf you, Meester Stalin!" And that's Marlene Dietrich on the right.
• • Since this is the anniversary of the October Revolution, commonly referred to as Red October or the October Uprising of 1917, we thought you'd enjoy this drawing today.
• • "A consignment of culture to the Barbarians" • •
• • The left-wing British editors wrote this cartoon caption: The Russian people on the left, ogling glamorous Hollywood filmstars, while a statue of Karl Marx gazes doubtfully down upon a Mae West look-alike, who is purring "Come up and see me sometime."  In the foreground, a nervous Stalin is being embraced by another star. [The journalist failed to identify Miss Garbo.]
• • The Evening Standard explained:  One result of the agreement between Washington and Moscow is that Hollywood is to export films to Russia. 
• • Source: cartoon in The Evening Standard [U.K.]; published in 1934.
• • On Friday, 24 October 1919 • •
• • In the write-up of Ned Wayburn's "Demi-Tasse Revue" at the Capitol Theatre (a movie house on Broadway with a wide stage for vaudeville acts), Variety mentioned Mae West on 31 October 1919, noting that she "also scored as a single with a burlesque 'shimmy' number."
• • On Friday, 24 October 1919 Mae West also sang "Oh, What a Moanin' Man."
• • On Tuesday, 24 October 1933 • •
• • Variety couldn't stop printing articles about "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West.  "Mae West Opera Wows Newark — Cops House Record, $28,000, and Held Over" ran in Variety's issue dated for Tuesday, 24 October 1933.
• • On Wednesday, 24 October 1934 • •
• • A review of "Belle of the Nineties" penned by Otis Ferguson [1907 — 1943] was published on Wednesday, 24 October 1934.
• • 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: "When you tell people a play is naughty, they rush to see it. I can't help that, can I?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • "Do Actors Enjoy Those Screen Kisses?  Mae West Does, Bing Crosby Doesn't" • •
• • "You've gotta have romance, and what's romance without some kissing?" Mae West asks. "And unless kissing is real, it doesn't look real. When I kiss 'em, I give 'em something to talk about."  . . .
• • Source: The Milwaukee Journal;  published on Sunday, 12 January 1936
• • 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 1,223 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3033rd 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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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mae West: Prom Nom

MAE WEST served as New York University's Prom Queen in 1927. Her name was also raised as a possible candidate by the all-male Ivy League academy Columbia University on Friday, 23 October 1936.
• • "Senior Committee to Select a Queen" • •
• • Henry R. Lieberman, chairman of the Publicity Committee, has sent telegrams to thirty prominent screen and stage actresses asking them to rule at the ball. He said that if more than one actress consents to appear, he will run a stagger system and let each queen preside for a few minutes. Among the Hollywood and Broadway personalities Lieberman has telegraphed are Mae West, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Claudette Colbert, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Georgia Sothern.
• • Source: item on page 1 in The Columbia Daily Spectator (NYC); published on Friday, 23 October 1936.
• • On Friday, 23 October 1931 • •
• • It was on Friday, 23 October 1931 that the New York City tabloid Evening Graphic reported on the very strange fan letters Mae West was receiving.
• • On Tuesday, 23 October 1934 • •
• • Mae West's popular film "Belle of the Nineties" ended its run at The Stanford Theatre in Connecticut tonight after the manager added extra showings on Tuesday, 23 October 1934.
• • On Thursday, 23 October 1986 in New Scientist • •
• • The British publication New Scientist was greatly troubled by the new technology that could add color to vintage black and white motion pictures.
• • New Scientist wrote: "Nowadays, less and less is left to the imagination . . . Now Mae West's eyes will glint in colour as she delivers her barbed line, "Is that a gun in your  pocket or are you pleased to see me?" 
• • If this hilarity amuses you, then you must read the rest in New Scientist's issue dated for Thursday, 23 October 1986 on page 65.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Alfred L. Rigali, theatrical producer, died on Friday, 23 October 1942. He was in Cincinnati, directing the road company of "The Pursuit of Happiness."
• • In 1927, Rigali was much in the limelight with Mae West after censorship difficulties in the production of the stage show "Sex." He testified at her obscenity trial in Jefferson Market Court.
• • Alfred L. Rigali, age 56, was survived by his widow, a daughter, and a son.
• • Alfred L. Rigali is heard as an off-stage voice in the final scene of Act I of the play "Courting Mae West." Contradicting the prosecutor, Rigali insists that Mae West and Barry O'Neill were not trying to have intercourse during a seduction scene, emphasizing, "No, there was no touching! The actors would have smeared their make-up."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My Dad, who was sorry I wasn't a boy, taught me gymnastics and acrobatics and used to box with me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • London's Spectator mentioned Mae West was in "a Cary Grant film." What's that???
• • Robin Oakley wrote: In a Cary Grant film [sic] in which she effectively played herself, Mae West declared, "When I’m good I’m very good, but when I’m bad I’m better."
• • Source: Article: "Golden Age" written by Robin Oakley for The Spectator  [U.K.]; published on Wednesday, 15 November 2006 
• • 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 1,223 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3032nd 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, October 22, 2014

Mae West: Breasts Exposed

MAE WEST will have to be pretty good to better her first big picture, "She Done Him Wrong," critics thought, but now 'tis said Mae has done it in "I'm No Angel," her latest picture, which comes to the Rialto theater today, wrote the editors of The Daily Illini on Sunday, 22 October 1933. A nice photo of the movie queen was printed with this item.
• • On Sunday, 22 October 1933 • •
• • On Sunday, 22 October 1933 The N.Y. Herald Tribune drew attention to the significance of Mae West, the hottest movie star of the year.  The editors noted Mae was "as much one of the major phenomena of 1933 as the NRA, "The Three Little Pigs," or Senator Huey Long." Wow.
• • On Tuesday, 22 October 1935 in Hollywood • •
• • Missives flew back and forth from the Hays Office about the wicked script for "Klondike Annie" and Mae West. 
• • "the breasts must never be exposed..." • •
• • On Tuesday, 22 October 1935 Will Hays emphasized this: "We wish to repeat our general caution, as set forth to you in our letter of October 19, regarding the photographing of Mae West's breasts.  We again remind you that there is a definite code provision which ordains the breasts must never be exposed, either in whole or in part — — nor should these be emphasized in the costume.  ..."
• • On Sunday, 22 October 2006 • •
• • Angus McBean photographed Mae West, Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, and numerous movie stars. His exhibition "Portraits" was held at the Porter Gallery, opening on 5 July 2006 and closing on Sunday, 22 October 2006.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywood — Maynard Homes has been assigned a role in Mae West's next picture.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I cut down on physical sex when I'm writing or plotting a play."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Columbia Daily Spectator mentioned Mae West.
• • Those waggish student editors wrote:  Mae West, we read, is to play Lady Macbeth for a series of special matinees. Shakespeare's lines, adds the press agent, will be liberally garnished with present-day colloquialisms and slang. Soon we may expect to find Shakespeare's plays on Broadway with the following stars: Hamlet — Jimmy Durante; Portia — Marie Dressler; King Lear — Harpo Marx . . .
• • Source: Humor in The Columbia Daily Spectator;  published on Monday, 19 October 1931 
• • 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 1,223 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3031st 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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