Comments for: Mae West played Bangor’s Bijou

Posted Dec. 23, 2012, at 8:57 a.m.

Hardeen, the handcuff king, also known as Harry Houdini’s brother, was the headliner at the Bijou in Bangor in mid-December, 1912, a century ago. The next week, the top billing went to Mae West, fresh from Hammerstein’s Victoria Theater in New York. The teenage “singing comedienne” impressed audiences with her …

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  • Anonymous

    The Bijou Theater was a beautiful theater. It is a shame it was torn down during that dumb urban renewal.

  • Anonymous

    A lot of history was lost during that razing.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite Mae West saying is, “There is no such thing as a harmless man.”

    • Anonymous

      I like Mae West in the W.C. Fields picture, My Little Chick-o-dee.

  • Anonymous

    While she was here, I believe she gave Maine’s first Zumba lessons.

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