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When Bette Met Mae

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Wes Wheadon

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About the Movie

In the fall of 1973, a cocktail party was given by Charles Pollock, a West Hollywood designer, for his house guest Bette Davis and her guest Mae West. Bette and Mae had never met, but each held the other in high regard. Miss West was accompanied by her two escorts, Stan Musgrove and Glenn Shahan, who were eager to meet Miss Davis. Also present were Vik Greenfield, who had been Miss Davis's personal assistant, and Wes Wheadon, a neighbor and friend of the host and Miss Davis. That night, Wes was the bartender, and he tape recorded the evening as he served drinks. The conversation was kept lively thanks to questions posed by the guests. Nothing was sacred, and alcohol loosened tongues as the evening progressed. The conversation covered a multitude of topics. The ladies discussed their careers, how they crafted their unique styles of acting, and their screen images. They discussed writing scripts, demanding pay, screen rights, residuals, the film business and politics of the film business at its height. Censorship, the Hays Code, popularity, husbands, boyfriends, children and family and even what each thought of being impersonated. Fairness in employment was discussed, and a host of other topics. "Girl Chat" as it were. In 2011, the tape recording made that night was painstakingly restored and synced to on-screen actors' movements to create this film, bringing the original party back to life. It was completed late in 2014. Many inventive and innovative techniques were used to bring the evening to the screen. The documentary also adds backstory clarification to the topics under discussion, narrated by Sally Kellerman, illuminating the very real impact each woman had not only on film history, but on our culture today.

Customer Reviews

“Sweet Film"

I enjoyed this film very much. It is really more for fans of either Miss West or Miss Davis or both rather than people who are hoping to gain great insight into either of them. I applaud the young man (at that time) who had the great idea to tape this meeting. Years latter he can now share this experience with us, I can criticize him for only for running out of tape. Thanks for sharing your memories and experience with us here!

NOT What You'd Think

I bought this, started watching it and had to shut it off. It's a phone conversation played with two ladies who look like Miss Davis and Miss West, who are sitting on two couches just bobbing their heads the entire time oblivious to the words being said. Do not waste your money on this..

Could have been done better

With the technology today it seems the audio could have been cleaned up and the levels fixed. When Bette Davis speaks it's like she is shouting and you don't even hear Mae West. This needed subtitled too. I would not recommend paying money for this movie. Wait till it's on a service you already pay for like HBO or Netflix

When Bette Met Mae
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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