Mae West: It Ain't No Sin Most know Mae West only from groundbreaking comedies like I'm No Angel . But Simon Louvish, using clips and the star's personal archive, re-creates her… Mae West: It Ain't No Sin Most know Mae West only from groundbreaking comedies like I'm No Angel . But Simon Louvish, using clips and the star's personal archive, re-creates her… 2006-11-14 Biography Nonfiction Thomas Dunne Books
Book Review

Mae West: It Ain't No Sin (2006)

GO WEST A look at the saucy vaudeville days of an icon of early Hollywood
GO WEST A look at the saucy vaudeville days of an icon of early Hollywood
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 14, 2006; Writer: Simon Louvish; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Most know Mae West only from groundbreaking comedies like I'm No Angel. But Simon Louvish, using clips and the star's personal archive, re-creates her rich vaudeville years singing and shimmying, followed by her hot-button plays Sex (for which she was jailed), The Drag (exploring homosexuality), and The Pleasure Man (more homosexuality, plus castration) in Mae West: It Ain't No Sin. Just as fascinating are details of West's battles with Hollywood censors. (A note for Belle of the Nineties curiously suggests deleting the line ''It pays to be good — but it don't pay much.'') While old age was unkind, in 1978's Sextette she did get to say the F-word on screen.

Originally posted Nov 17, 2006 Published in issue #908 Nov 24, 2006 Order article reprints
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