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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , kiss and make up, , , Mae West, , , , ,   


    My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. –Cary Grant

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    August 25 is KISS AND MAKE UP DAY. In the Cary Grant spirit of occupying myself as best I can, I thought I’d present an assemblage of good old-fashioned “kiss and make up” goodies (the idea being, if you don’t love my premise, you can kiss my assortment). Let’s start with Cary’s take on make-up, which (as you can see) I’m not making up:

    Well, apparently Cary never did make up with that gal, because here he is two years later, singing another love song to another gal:

    It seems that Cary would rather play the field than kiss and make up. Let us therefore pick a dilly of a ditty less playboy-like in character:

    So much for the guys. I give the last word to the gals (they usually have it anyway):

    Kiss and make up — but too much makeup has ruined many a kiss. –Mae West

    Kiss & make up. Maybe making out for a few minutes would help us figure things out. –Katie Anderson

    In trying to get our own way, we should remember that kisses are sweeter than whine. –Ann Nonymous

    • masercot 1:45 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wake up (Wake up)
      Grab a brush and put a little makeup
      Hide your scars to fade away the shakeup

      Serj Tankian

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      • mistermuse 2:11 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Serj is a little after (not BEFORE) my time, musically speaking….but I appreciate a lyric that most of my non-geezer readers may be familiar with, and that even I can dig.


    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:13 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed that 🙂 My ex didn’t like me wearing makeup, but eyed-up* all the women with makeup.
      *Caribbean expression

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    • chattykerry 5:45 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t help thinking that Cary Grant seemed to enjoy kissing boys as much or more than girls…

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    • Richard A Cahill 7:32 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

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      • mistermuse 8:21 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I had to look that one up, Ricardo, and it turns out that you’re just blowin’ smoke (not that I disapprove). 🙂


    • Paul Sunstone 11:51 pm on August 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Ann Nonymous” That cracked me up.

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      • mistermuse 12:28 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I said I’d give the last word to the gals, so on my post, Ann Nonymous is a gal, whether (s)he likes it or not.

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        • Paul Sunstone 2:27 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink

          I’ve always said, “A man of his word is an admirable man” even if he has to lie to be a man of his word.

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    • mistermuse 9:11 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Paul, I think you may be giving me more credit than I’m due, because (not knowing if Ann Nonymous is guy or gal), I may not be lying….though the quote sounds more likely to have been said by a gal. Nonetheless, I would like to be thought of as at least a half-admirable man, so I’ll concede a 50-50 chance that Ann is a man. 🙂

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    • calmkate 5:39 pm on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol Cary didn’t even like the girls, it was all just the camera … love this one but the last wins a gold star!

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , John Glenn, , Mae West, , , , Truman Capote,   

    MAY IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH (and don’t you forget it!) 

    May is OLDER AMERICANS MONTH. I’m pretty sure I qualify as an older American because, as George Washington told me, “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves”….or maybe I’m thinkin’ of Lincoln (incidental details, like who said what, can get a bit hazy at my age). No matter — either way, it proves I’ve been around long enough to establish my bona feces.

    As long as I’m quoting bigwigs I have known or could have known (as the case may be), no doubt you will be interested in other memorable quotes that I remember, most of which admittedly weren’t said to me directly, but which I either overheard, or were whiskered to me in confidence by the quotees under their goatees (or beards, as the face may be):

    Old age is no place for sissies. –Bette Davis (whose facial hair at the time was confined to a mustache, as I recall)

    Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. –Truman Capote

    Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. –Jennifer Yane

    If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. — variously attributed to  Eubie Blake, Adolph Zukor and Mae West, among others

    There is no cure for the common birthday. —John Glenn

    You’re only as old as the girl that you feel. –Groucho Marx

    Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. –Chili Davis

    Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician. –Anonymous

    Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. –Anonymous

    So there you have the story of my anonymous existence: just when I’m on a roll, I run flush out of time. C’est la vie. Take it on out, Pops (Louis) and Schnoz (Jimmy):






    • Carmen 1:26 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of toilet paper – I don’t know about you mistermuse, but I’m looking forward to forgetting all the stupid sh*t I’ve done. . . 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:29 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t mean to spoil your hopes, Carmen, but may you have a long time to wait. 🙂


    • scifihammy 7:19 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      haha I like the quotes – and the fact that you knew George Washington! 😀

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      • mistermuse 8:45 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I not only knew him — we were so close, he admitted to me that he didn’t chop down the cherry tree — it was a SLIPPERY ELM (which is why it took him so long to get a handle on it….not to mention that the handle was missing a blade).

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    • GP Cox 8:15 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Forget what? (just kidding – I think). It’s about time us old folks got an honorable mention around Blogsville!

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    • Don Frankel 12:27 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      They give us a whole month? Some of us might not use all of it. But when it comes to time sometimes its the same…

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      • mistermuse 3:40 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, this is for those who “might not use all of it”:

        Note: Billie is backed this time by (among others) jazz legends Lester Young on tenor sax, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, and Teddy Wilson on piano.


    • D. Wallace Peach 8:08 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oh goodness. I’m among this crowd. At least the sense of humor remains intact! The quote from Chili Davis is my favorite because it’s 100% true! Keep up the laughter. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:43 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana. I almost didn’t use the Chili Davis quote because initially, I couldn’t decide between it and a similar one by Ogden Nash (“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.”). I finally chose the Davis quote because I couldn’t stay undecided indefinitely. 🙂

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    • eths 10:44 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love the quotes!

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      • mistermuse 11:00 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I especially liked the Capote, Yane, Glenn and ‘t.p.’ quotes because they were new to me, whereas the others were familiar.


    • Silver Screenings 9:37 am on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never seen this clip with Louis Armstrong and Jimmy Durante. The both of them have SO MUCH CHARISMA!

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      • mistermuse 12:16 pm on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Louis was long past his trumpet-playing prime by the time of that clip, and Jimmy was even older (by 7 years), but they both still had ‘it,’ charisma-wise. Interestingly, Jimmy also started out as a jazzman, playing piano and (in 1916) organizing the Original New Orleans Jazz Band (in New York!).


    • restlessjo 12:58 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      All of them true, alas 🙂 🙂 But I won’t let it spoil my weekend.

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      • mistermuse 3:06 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Do you know the definition of “weekend?” It’s the shortest distance between Friday and Monday — so enjoy it before it’s over! 🙂

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    • RMW 12:47 pm on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A little late commenting but my excuse is I was in Brighton, England (my birthplace) celebrating my birthday on this very day. So, as it was a big number birthday this post was very appropriate. Although I’m getting older, life is getting better. I’ve been saving the best for last. However, I do agree with the toilet paper analogy.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on September 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bat Masterson, , female Marshals, , , , lawbreakers, Mae West, My L:ittle Chickadee, Philadelphia, , saloons, , six-shooter, U.S. Marshals, , Wild Bill Hickok, Wild West,   


    I have often not been asked who my favorite Old West marshal is. Just as often, I have not replied: “I have not often given it any thought.” I suppose that if, for some desperate reason (such as drawing a blank for something to write about for this post) I had given it any thought, I would’ve come up with Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok or Bat Masterson. Don’t ask me to name other famous marshals. Were there any other famous marshals?

    Today is the 228th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Marshal Service, so I decided to marshal my resources, round up a posse, and pursue my query. Unfortunately, it wasn’t posse-ble to corral volunteers for such a questionable undertaking; I will have to go it alone. If I don’t come out of this post alive, please pray that I have gone to a better place. Philadelphia will do.

    As you may have noticed in the above clip, Mae West was mighty handy with a six-shooter….but in yesteryear’s wild and wooly West, female marshals were scarcer than beer and whiskey drinkers on the wagon in a one-horse town with two saloons — a sobering thought, indeed. Thus, it mae be necessary to put up wanted posters in order to uncover additional famous marshals (preferably female).

    Well, that didn’t take long; there WERE female marshals in the Old West. Here they be:


    That appears to be the extent of their ranks — out of hundreds of marshals/deputy marshals, only four were of the fair sex. But that seems only fair. After all, 99% of the ‘bad guys’ were just that — ‘guys’ — so why should women be charged with maintaining law and order in the Wild West when almost all of the lawbreakers were men….though it’s no stretch to assume that certain upstanding citizens weren’t above regarding certain ladies as ‘hardened’ offenders:

    As Jesus and mistermuse not often say (therefore it bares repeating):  Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stein.

    Needless to say, I’ll drink to that!


    • Carmen 6:11 am on September 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “Needless to say, I’ll drink to that!”
      On this fair Sunday morning, that’s a benediction worthy of discipleship. 🙂
      (Think you’d down a Sour Toe Cocktail?).

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    • mistermuse 7:59 am on September 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, I’m not a cocktailer, Carmen….but I wouldn’t be above a sweet finger-lickin’ good. 🙂

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    • arekhill1 1:12 pm on September 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Salud, Sr. Muse.

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    • Don Frankel 6:55 pm on September 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse I was trying to get the picture to copy directly but my computer doesn’t want to cooperate so this will have to be opened but least we forget Josephine Sarah Marcus aka Mrs. Wyatt Earp. And, she’s not wearing a bra here.


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      • mistermuse 7:55 am on September 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Very interesting, Don. That period of time in American history is unique. No doubt thousands of stories could be told.


        • Carmen 9:17 am on September 25, 2017 Permalink

          Don, that’s a fascinating story! I love the picture, too! Thanks for the share. 🙂

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    • literaryeyes 1:11 pm on September 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Calamity Jane was a wild one too, and I suspect on both sides of the law. It’s said by some historians that communities of men out West, for instance, the gold-miners, were out of control until the women came. That is, wives and no-nonsense types. Women have been a civilizing influence, but I rankle at giving them the whole burden of keeping the humanity in human beings.

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      • mistermuse 4:09 pm on September 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The Creator seems to have put superior physical strength in the wrong hands when He/She/It gave men that advantage over women. On the other hand(s), human nature being what it is, who’s to say women wouldn’t be the ones “out of control” if their positions were reversed? Nonetheless, women could hardly do a worse job than men running things over the course of recorded history, so why not?


    • barkinginthedark 12:34 am on March 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Fields’ “It’s A Gift” is truly a comic masterwork. continue….

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      • mistermuse 8:21 am on March 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        They don’t make comic geniuses like Fields, Chaplin, Keaton, and Laurel & Hardy anymore. Today we have “stable” geniuses like Trump. It’s enough to make a groan man cry.


  • mistermuse 12:00 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Diamond Lil, , Henry Fonda, , Mae West, , , ,   


    Hat-check girl in Mae West’s first film: “Goodness, what beautiful diamonds.”
    Mae West: “Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.”

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    Some actors and actresses (and I don’t mean this pejoratively) basically play themselves in their films, while others are so believable and natural in varied roles and genres, they completely inhabit whatever given character they portray. An example of the latter, going back to Hollywood’s Golden Age, is Henry Fonda (if you think he played only serious parts, you haven’t seen the classic 1941 comedy, THE LADY EVE, in which he co-starred with Barbara Stanwyck — another of the most versatile players of that era).

    Mae West was of the first category, very much the Diamond Lil character she created. Today being her birthday (8/17/1893), it’s her day to sparkle:

    It has been said that “Mae West literally constituted a one-woman genre.” Basically playing herself, she was one of the country’s biggest box office draws in the 1930s, despite being almost 40 years old when offered her first movie contract (by Paramount) in 1932. Previously, she’d appeared in a number of rather risqué plays, including Diamond Lil and her first starring role on Broadway (appropriately titled Sex), which she wrote, produced and directed. As with all the plays she wrote and performed in, there was much controversy and publicity, and it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came calling.

    Her first film (see opening quote) was NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, making such an impression that co-star George Raft reportedly said, “She stole everything but the cameras.” Her next film, SHE DONE HIM WRONG (1933), featured Cary Grant in one of his first major roles, and was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. It was such a big moneymaker that it saved Paramount from bankruptcy in the midst of the Great Depression.

    West went on to make six more movies in the 1930s, but in 1934, the Production Code began to be strictly enforced, and censors doubled down on her double-entendres. By today’s standards, such censorship seems ludicrous, but those were moralistic times, and after her last ‘naughty’ picture for Paramount in 1937, they thought it best to terminate her contract if they knew what’s good for them. She did manage to make one more hit movie, co-starring with W. C. Fields in My Little Chickadee for Universal Pictures in 1940.

    Unbawdied and unbowed, when asked about puritanical attempts to impede her career, West wisecracked, “I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.” Not for nothing was one of her nicknames “The Statue of Libido.” She died in 1980 at the age of 87.

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    Coincidentally, August 17 is also the birthday of my mother, who passed away 17 years ago. Happy Birthday, Mom — YOU WERE THE BEST.

    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 12:25 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday to one of my favorites – and risque she was. In the elevator, a man said to her (as she was nearest the console), “Ballroom, please.” Her reply? “Oh, I didn’t know I was crowding you.”

      I’m sure your mother was a great deal more appropriate, but I’ll bet she was just as memorable. Raise a birthday toast to her for me.

      FUN post!
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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      • mistermuse 4:50 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a great quote, Madelyn — I hadn’t heard it before…. And thank you for the “memorable” thoughts concerning my mother: much deserved by her and appreciated by me.

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        • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 4:53 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink

          Have you heard the one about her climbing a staircase lined with young men in one of her films? She never lifted her eyes above their belts and, at one point she paused and said, “Oh, a new one!” Outrageous always.

          You are most welcome, btw, for my comment about your mother. After all, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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    • The Muscleheaded Blog 12:42 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Outstanding tribute to Mae !

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    • Don Frankel 7:47 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Too bad she never made a movie with Groucho Marx. They wouldn’t have needed a script.

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      • mistermuse 11:18 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        That would’ve been one hell of a movie, Don. Throw in Dorothy Parker (even though she never acted), and we wouldn’t have been able to ‘keep up’ with the double-entendres.


      • literaryeyes 9:31 pm on August 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        She wrote her own material. I bet grouch did too. Geniuses like that are rare these days.

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        • mistermuse 11:44 pm on August 24, 2017 Permalink

          I can appreciate why you might think Groucho wrote his own stuff. However, having read several books on the Marx Brothers, the fact is that Groucho didn’t write the scripts for their movies; the Marx’s were so zany and hard to hold to script that their ad libs/antics usually took precedence over what was written for them (even though very good writers, such as George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, worked on their films).


    • moorezart 8:25 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 11:26 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I re-thank you for another public service (or disservice, depending upon one’s point of view) on my behalf. Remind me to give you a raise if you keep this up. 😦


        • moorezart 12:07 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink

          LOL – I find what you do most engaging. I simply can’t help myself. Even as a child I couldn’t help sharing with my friends whatever treasure I had found in my Cracker Jack’s Box.

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        • mistermuse 10:01 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink

          I remember Cracker Jacks well — I think they’ve been around even longer than I have, if that’s possible (not that I liked them all that much). I vaguely recall a time or two, as a boy, buying a box just for the “treasure” and throwing away the Cracker Jacks. Too bad I don’t still have the treasures — I could take them on Antiques Roadshow and find out if they’re worth thousands today. One never knows, do one?


    • Carmen 8:38 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder if she was the inspiration for the, “Did you get your ears lowered?” comment. I use it regularly at school and get lots of blank stares in response – from High School folk. 🙂 Once in awhile I get, “Hey! My grandparents say that!” (which gives me pause, as you would think)

      Nice post, mister, from the East ‘girl’! 😉

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      • mistermuse 11:31 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        For those who aren’t familiar — make that ACQUAINTED — with Carmen, she lives on EAST-HER ISLAND, hence the last sentence of her comment. 🙂

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    • Ricardo 12:17 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Fulsome praise for the filthy-minded, Sr. Muse. We hear it so infrequently. Muchas gracias.

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      • Carmen 2:00 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        “Fulsome praise for the filthy-minded” – excellent – ha, ha! 🙂 (the mister is hesitant in replying; he’s having a hard time with a rejoinder, methinks)

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        • mistermuse 2:24 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink

          Carmen, contrary to unpopular belief, I don’t sit in front of my computer for hours at a time (except when I fall asleep) waiting for comments to pop up that I can shoot down….though I will admit that in the hours after I post, I wish I didn’t have to get up from my chair to go to the john every 15 minutes (just kidding, of course — and now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go see a man about a horse). 😦


        • Carmen 2:29 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink

          Ha, ha! Well, I’ve been making Barbie clothes for several days so every time the computer dings I welcome the interruption. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 2:32 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        No problem, Ricardo. I’d say more, but I’m having female problems (not that Carmen isn’t well worth it — haha).

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    • restlessjo 2:38 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Queen of the one-liners 🙂 🙂

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      • mistermuse 4:42 pm on August 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of which, here’s one of her quotes: “I’ve no time for broads who want to rule the world alone — without men, who’d do up the zipper on the back of your dress?” 🙂

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    • literaryeyes 9:29 pm on August 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a Mae West fan and have been known to binge on her movies. In one she does a naughty dance that was so naughty they filmed her from the waist up! Seriously, she was a pioneer in promoting women as sexy AND intelligent. She put gays and transvestites in her plays. She didn’t do it just to shock, she did it because she believed in respect for people no matter what their sexuality or gender orientation, and especially for women.

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    • mistermuse 4:56 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Although I own a number of biographies/autobiographies of Hollywood Golden Age movie stars, I’ve never read one by or about Mae West, so I didn’t know some of what you describe. Thanks for the info.


    • Mél@nie 3:43 pm on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Salvador Dali was also fascinated by her… she was a FREE woman – une avant-gardiste!!! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 5:02 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Indeed! Mae was both a woman of her time (1920s-early 1930s) and too much woman for highly puritanical times (from 1934 on, when rigid censorship curtailed, and subsequently ended, her freedom to make the movies she wanted to make).


    • scifihammy 3:02 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Mae West was an amazing woman! As I’m sure was your Mother too. Always nice to remember our loved ones on special days.

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      • mistermuse 5:09 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. Personality-wise, my mother was as much the opposite of Mae as East is from West, but as they say, variety is the spice of life. Life would be very dull if everyone were the same!

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  • mistermuse 12:45 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Being wrong, , denial, , growing, , Mae West, , , right and wrong, , To err is human   


    To err is human, but it feels divine. –Mae West

    To err is human – to blame it on a computer is even more so. –Robert Orben

    To err is human; to blame someone else is politics. –Hubert Humphrey

    To err is human, but when the eraser wears out before the pencil, you’re overdoing it. –-Josh Jenkins

    I recently chanced upon a book titled BEING WRONG — which, of course, is a concept completely foreign to where I’m coming from (and I’m not even a politician) — but I decided to read the book anyway in the hope of learning why other people are so prone to being wrong.

    It turns out that people are often wrong because they’re human….an attribute I was fairly certain that I possess (naturally, I can’t speak for some of the elephants and jackasses in Congress), so to be sure, I checked my birth certificate. Sure enough, “human” was written in the space after where it says “Genus” (or maybe it says “Genius” — the small print is hard to read). In any case, birth certificates don’t lie (I don’t care what Tea Party Republicans say). Make no mistake: mistermuse IS human — and possibly a genius as well, which could account for my never being wrong.

    Now that that’s settled, let us turn to BEING WRONG, the book. Written by Kathryn Schulz, journalist, writer and “wrongologist,” this book should be required reading for anyone who thinks they’re always right, because (says Schulz) “the need to be always right simply keeps us from growing.” I can take that to heart (though my stomach may not be so easily deterred), and so can anyone at the point of “realizing halfway through an argument that you are mistaken, or halfway through a lifetime that you were wrong about your faith, your politics, yourself, your loved one, or your life’s work.”

    But. of course, many people never (says I) “get” to that halfway point….and even if they do, refuse to admit — even to themselves — that they could be mistaken about anything (think Donald Trump, the poster child for this type, who, unlike yours truly, doesn’t have the excuse of being born a genius). You don’t really want to be like Donald Trump, do you? You do want much food for thought, don’t you? Then read this book….or at least, for starters, give its author a listen:

    (but will it be the end, for long,
    of my denying BEING RONG?)

    • Midwestern Plant Girl 2:26 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I may have an out here.. I’m blood type O- 👽


    • mistermuse 5:14 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I understand that hospitals love the “universal” blood type O Negative — or, as I call it, O minus. Unfortunately, I am cursed with blood type G enius — nobody loves or understands me. 😦


    • arekhill1 9:45 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Whenever my SO realizes she is wrong in the middle of an argument, she says “You’re stupid for even arguing about this,” which nicely changes the subject to our relative intelligence. This is an admirable technique, but I can’t use it because I am not allowed to question her intelligence. I usually have to start a grease fire in the kitchen or spill a drink on her Kindle to escape the dispute.


      • mistermuse 12:51 pm on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I haven’t yet finished reading Kathryn Schulz’s BEING WRONG, so it will be interesting to see if, by the end, she addresses such battles of the sexes. Like you, Ricardo, I’ve always found them to be no-win disputes, despite the fact that I’m always right. Seeing as how the book was written by a woman, I’m not getting my hopes up….but these things never last, so I’m prepared to keep the big picture in mind.


    • Don Frankel 10:22 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, I listened to her very attentively and I realized something… she’s wrong.


      • mistermuse 1:04 pm on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        You mean like the title of her book? But who knew Being Wrong could be so interesting!


    • Mél@nie 11:15 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “Errare humanum est, perseverare diabolicum est…” = to err is human; to persist [in committing such errors] is diabolical…(Seneca the Younger) btw, dunno anyone who would like to be like wigged(wiggy) Donny… 😉 last but not least: his wife’s name is Melania!!! 🙂


    • mistermuse 1:19 pm on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      And their child’s name is Barron, which, as they say, certainly goes with the territory.

      I too once thought The Donald is wigged, but reader (& Trump’s fellow New Yorker) Don Frankel previously advised that that’s his real hair. So it’s really true that you can’t judge a look by it’s cover. 🙂


    • BroadBlogs 1:57 am on October 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes! I’ll have to remember some of them.


    • mistermuse 6:26 am on October 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s another quote I considered but didn’t use, because it doesn’t start with “To err is human”:

      “Things are seldom what they seem: that’s why people mistake education for intelligence, wealth for happiness, and sex for love.” –Evan Esar


    • restlessjo 12:54 pm on October 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think I’ll stick with Mae 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 6:46 pm on October 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the comment, and Mae the spirit be with you. 🙂


    • moorezart 4:29 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent post….AND blog!


    • mistermuse 6:22 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I checked your blog and like your photography….not to mention your self-description, THE ARTFUL BLOGGER, which gives it a nice little “Twist.” 🙂


  • mistermuse 3:18 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aristotle, , , , Mae West, quotes. Dick Gregory, self-control,   


    March 30 is I AM IN CONTROL DAY. According to holidayinsights.com, the genesis of the day goes back to March 30, 1981, when chaos reigned after President Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt in Washington D.C., and Vice President Bush was out of town. Secretary of State Alexander Haig (in an attempt to calm the nation) famously and injudiciously announced, “As of now, I am in control here” — in a manner which suggested a putsch.

    Well, when putsch comes to shove and a situation seems to be spinning out of control, obviously someone needs to get a handle and do something, otherwise you’re just going around in circles:

    So, when it comes to control, we may benefit from what these wise guys and gal have to say:

    If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs — maybe you just don’t understand the situation. -Evan Esar

    If I was meant to be controlled, I would’ve come with a remote. -Unknown

    Taste cannot be controlled by law. -Thomas Jefferson

    If they took all the drugs, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine off the market for six days, they’d have to bring out the tanks to control you. -Dick Gregory

    The difference between want and need is self control. -Unknown

    Never do something permanently foolish just because you are temporarily upset. -Unknown

    Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him. –Groucho Marx

    I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it. -Mae West

    1 + 1 = 3 (if you don’t use a condom). -Unknown

    What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. -Aristotle

    Sorry to say, I must close for now. Please control yourself.

    • arekhill1 3:40 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      And if we can’t control ourselves, the best thing to do is emulate that concrete grinder by wrapping ourselves in the plastic tarp of self-importance and continuing to spin madly on.


    • mistermuse 4:27 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never heard the state of Earth described better, Ricardo.


    • Don Frankel 5:39 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      They may have subdued that one but…

      It’s not like they didn’t warn us.


      • mistermuse 8:29 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        “I’ll be back” sounds like the warning cry of a believer in reincarnation, Don. Why a believer in the afterlife would want to come back here is beyond me, unless heaven is full-up or isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.


    • Joseph Nebus 6:03 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      To be fair, sometimes just having anyone push in any direction is what’s needed to get the right person doing the right thing, even if it’s just so that that first push doesn’t succeed.

      Liked by 1 person

    • BroadBlogs 12:32 pm on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love the quotes.


    • mistermuse 4:27 pm on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Pardon my doubletalk, but I tend to be very choosy in choosing quotes to quote, so I appreciate that you appreciate them .


    • Michaeline Montezinos 10:55 am on April 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I was going to say that I love the quotes but someone quoted that before I did.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Mélanie 1:56 am on April 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I like Groucho Marx’s quotes, in general… 🙂 the condom one is funny and it does exist in French, too… btw, “condom” comes from this French village: 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 5:54 am on April 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I once wrote a post on humorous place names (mostly towns), but I wasn’t aware of Condom at the time. Now that you’ve educated me, I’ll have to include it if I ever do a sequel (I’m not sure if the original still exists, as I may have posted it on SPEAK WITHOUT INTERRUPTION, which unceremoniously dumped most of my posts in a space-saving purge).


  • mistermuse 9:21 pm on October 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Charles Laughton, , films, Gary Cooper, , Mae West, , ,   


    A year ago today, I noted the birthday of one of my favorite directors, a man whose best films you can’t forget (unless, of course, you’ve never seen them) — even if you don’t remember who directed them. At the time, I’d just resurrected this blog after a bad experience blogging for another site, so the “theater” for that October 3rd screening was all but empty. I am therefore going to do a remake, beginning with the question, Who was that man who directed those movies, including the Marx Brothers’ DUCK SOUP? Here’s another clue: his first name is Thomas.

    OK, I doubt that last clue was helpful, as he didn’t go by Thomas. His full name was Thomas Leo McCarey, and here is a clip from DUCK SOUP (1933):

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, here are some other goodies McCarey directed and/or wrote:

    THE COWBOY AND THE LADY (1938) – Romantic comedy starring Gary Cooper
    THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937) – Academy Award winner for Best Director
    MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (1937) – “One of the most exquisitely sad motion pictures ever made” -Robert Moses
    RUGGLES OF RED GAP (1935) – One of McCarey’s best comedies. Charles Laughton did it (starred as the butler)
    BELLE OF THE NINETIES (1934) – A Mae West classic, despite heavy cutting by censors
    SIX OF A KIND (1934) – Cast includes W. C. Fields, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Charles Ruggles. Need I say more?

  • mistermuse 9:43 pm on July 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Candice Bergen, , Edgar Bergen, , I've Got No Strings, KNOCK WOOD, Mae West, , ,   


    You think your brother or sister is a dummy? You got nothing on Candice Bergen.

    You’ll recall from my last post that in the 1940s, I was a big boyhood fan of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his wooden alter ego, Charlie McCarthy. Not long after the end of World War II, Mrs. Bergen gave birth (May 9, 1946) to a daughter, Candice, who grew up to become a leading-light in her own right. In her fine 1984 autobiography, KNOCK WOOD, Candice wrote:

    When I was born, it was only natural that I would be known in the press as “Charlie’s sister.” “Charlie’s room”  was redecorated and renamed “the nursery.” And even though at my birth, he was simply moved to the guest room, next to the nursery, soon everyone again began referring to “Charlie’s room.” The sibling rivalry thus established was certainly unique, considering I was the only child and the sibling was, in truth, my father.

    Quoting from the book’s dust cover: Christmas was a visit from David Niven in the role of Santa, and a present from “Uncle Walt” Disney, the neighborhood was the Barrymore estate that bordered her yard….and because she was the daughter of Edgar Bergen, radio’s greatest dignitary/comedian, her “sibling” was Charlie McCarthy, the impudent dummy beloved of millions, vaguely resented by one little girl whose father was the center of her universe.

    KNOCK WOOD is the candid story of a celebrity’s daughter growing up in a unique environment, and I recommend it highly. It is full of anecdotes and “name-dropping,” including the likes of W. C. Fields, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe and the aforementioned Walt Disney. Fields, as you old-time radio buffs know, carried on a famous “feud” with Charlie McCarthy, primarily on The Chase and Sanborn Hour starring Edgar Bergen. Here’s a typical example :


    To appropriately wrap up the subjects covered in this and the previous post, let’s go with I’ve Got No Strings from Walt Disney’s 1940 acclaimed animated feature, PINOCCHIO:







    • rielyn 7:31 pm on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m glad you liked the book, Dad. Was there anything about her life during “Murphy Brown”? That’s what I know her from.


    • mistermuse 10:07 pm on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The “Murphy Brown” series began in 1988 – four years after the book was published. Oddly enough, I never watched a single program of her TV series, but then (with several exceptions), I’ve never been a big TV sitcom fan. I really enjoyed the book, which is very well written.


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