Thursday, June 24, 2010

'She Done Him Wrong'...Mae West is the Best

Sure, that Mae West name gets thrown around here and there in pop culture, but if you aren't a gay man in his 50's or a film studies major, chances are you've never seen one of her films. You are missing out.

She wrote, she starred and she sang in her films. Her sexy one liners are a thing of legend. This is her first and most famous film, 1933's 'She Done Him Wrong'. Not only was it a massive success with depression addled American audiences, it was also nominated for best picture that year and celebrated as a cinematic achievement of pure entertainment. If that isn't enough it's the film that launched Cary Grant's career.

At 66 minutes, it's a lot shorter than the feature films we're used to watching now, but it sure packs a punch. Try not to fall in love with her.

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  1. Come up and see Mae West in New York City when we always celebrate her birthday in August . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    Empress of Sex Offers Free Admission For VIRGINS in August
    Mae West and Sophie Tucker Sizzle at the Annual Mae West Birthday Tribute in NYC

    New York, NY: The general public will pay $15 each to enjoy the Annual Mae West Birthday Tribute — — but virgins (who are over 21 years of age) will be admitted free — — when The Empress of Sex and The Last of the Red Hot Mamas entertain on Saturday night, August 14th, 2010.

    There will be a mind reader — — a purity detective imported from Coney Island — — at the door to determine who is naughty and who is snow white. Mae West once said, “I was snow white but I drifted.”
    In honor of Mae’s upcoming birthday, both the pure and the (ahem) experienced are welcome to enjoy the music once performed by Mae West, Empress of Sex, and Sophie Tucker, the Last of The Red Hot Mamas. Join us for a shimmy-long night of good songs, swell jokes, jaw-dropping raffle prizes, and more.

    And the live entertainment will ignite you and delight you on Saturday August 14, 2010 when two broads head back to Broadway — — Sophie Tucker along with Mae West.
    Continuing her custom of commemorating the birthday of Mae West, playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo has a most exciting late-night treat in store this year: The Gaudy Girls, two talented beauties who perform the best-loved songs made famous by Sophie Tucker and Mae West. As part of their repertoire, the ladies will offer a tribute to New York-based composers and lyricists who created the hits “Frankie & Johnny,” “My Old Flame,” “Red Hot Mama,” “My Yiddishe Momme,” “Everybody Shimmies Now,” and more.
    It’s one night only so plan to come up and see Mae — — and Sophie. Details below.

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    • • WHERE: ACTORS TEMPLE, 339 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036 [where SOPHIE TUCKER was one of their first vaudeville members in 1923]