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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MAE WEST:'COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME'

I recently bought a mae West Collection for $12.00 and watched it for two nights,recalling that I had seen some of them as a child....many will dismiss her and her movies on various grounds, and usually because they have never really seen them or watched them with any intentions or understanding,etc. and it is interesting to see some of the styles, the cars, the lingo, and the sets and effects used.....BUT, also to see some of the actors involved, such as, George Raft,Cary Grant,Randoph Scott,Fuzzy Knight, Jack La Rue, and, of course, W.C.Fields... Mae wrote some of the scripts and things it would seem and she had a pleasant voice and a specific style, full of 'wise cracks' and the music is really an 'ear-opener'....NIGHT AFTER NIGHT has a nice 'fisticuffs' scene with George Raft doing a sort of face slapping scene which I slowed down to watch carefully...and noted how even the mirror reflections were taken into account during the filming....I do this with similar fight scenes to see how they were choreographed,filmed, etc. and we can learn a lot of 'standard' tricks employed, that require timing and agility,etc. I' NO ANGEL is also standard 'circus' fare and the plots of Mae's movies always end up with her getting the right man, that is, winning the man of her choice, a reversal of the 'hero's' winning the heart of the right girl.....Her audacious statements have become,along with WC Field's, quotable ones and assembled recently into some 'philosophy' of sorts that still can amuse and interest moderns whose mouths are full of foul-mouthisms restricted to single 'f' words.....

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