- Sex appeal
- Well-Regarded in Private Life
- Comedic Ability
- Singing Ability (If applicable)
- Dancing Ability (If applicable)
- Risk-taker or Innovator
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Mae West, A True Original!
- R. Mark Desjardins
I was surprised that Robert Osborne didn't introduce the films last evening, as he played a key role in an A&E Mae West documentary filmed in 1993. Ben Mankiewicz not only provided interesting and accurate facts about West and production notes, he actually got the true essence of who and what Mae West was really all about. The five films listed above that TCM aired were pristine copies, and along with "Myra Breckinridge" and "Sextette" which have been presented before, it would be fantastic if "Night After Night," "Goin' To Town," "Klondike Annie," "Go West, Young Man," and "Every Day's a Holiday," could be aired at some point. Although the Hollywood Production Code that came into effect in 1933 severely clamped down on Mae West's sexually charged film personna and dialogue, there still remains a lot of fun to be had watching these films. During her Vaudeville and Broadway careers, Mae West performed song and comedic skits , and all of her films except "Night After Night" feature lavish musical music productions. Sadly the musical number referred to as "Lure" featuring a "sinsational" costume designed by Walker Plunkett was cut from film censors in the 1943 "The Heat's On." Sporting a headdress featuring a coiled snake and talon like fingernails, one can only imagine the evils censors thought they were protecting the public from. Sadly this excised footage has been lost to time. Fortunately several stills of West's amazing costume exist. Name: 10406826_10152708832591055_4373850643946654254_n.jpg Views: 18 Size: 42.0 KB L From the research I've done, and the people I have spoken to who knew Mae West personally, "Klondike Annie" was the film she was most proud of as a dramatic actress, but was the one that was cut so savagely by the film censors at the time. They strongly objected to some of the religious references in the script. It didn't help West either that Rudolph Hurst placed a ban on her name and advertising her films in his newspaper chain. West never
She done him wrong
She done him wrong This is a great and funny film. Mae West Star of the month on TCM she is very gifted
Time for a Mae West tribute month!
I would love to see a month dedicated to the films of this true original!
This strong personality would have had an even greater career if it were not for the Production Code that thwarted her screen persona's development....but, most audiences, even today, get her "drift". She was a humorist in the same way that an ancient Greek Comedy was understood...with a mask indicating an emotion. West played that emotion...as herself... time and time again. Her range was therefore limited...especially under the intellectual restraints of her era. She was also a screen writer, which helped her hone her idea to a large degree. However the Code so eroded her creativity so, that even double entendres were excised....no less her plots themselves.
I love Mae West!
Nobody is like Mae West! She is her own person in every way! Why aren't any of her movies shown on TCM? "Night After Night" and "I'm No Angel" are two of my favorites! PLEASE show her movies, I want to see them all!
mae west is awesome
mae west is awesome, she was an incredible actress/person, buut maybe im just saying tht cause she was my great great aunt!!!
I would like to know why her movies are not played on TCM?
I LOVE THIS LADY AND HER MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE HER STYLE AND HER WALK, THAT TALK; I DRESS JUST LIKE HER TODAY,AND I WEAR ALOT OF JEWERLY TOO! HER AND DOLLY ARE MY GIRLS,AND I JUST WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN AROUND IN HER TIME. I JUST WISH I COOULD GET ALL OF HER MOVIES AND I'M TRYING, LONG LIVE MAE WEST
i REALLY LIKED HER
- TOMMYESENIA TURNER
i USE TO WATCH ALL THE OLD MOVIES WHEN I WAS A KID ON SAT. AFTER I DID ALL MY CHORES. I WAS BORN IN 1949 SO THOSE WERE GOOD OLD MOVIES TO ME. I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HAVE A POSTER OF HER. WHY DID YOU STOP SHOWING HER MOVIES? WHY DOESN'T SHE HAVE A WEB SITE