Bette Davis actually did meet Mae West -- and toward the close of each of their legendary careers. TrustMovies didn't realize this, yet on the face of things, why wouldn't they have met -- and long before the evening that they finally did? Turns out they were fans of each other's work but chance and circumstance had decreed that they be kept apart until one autumn night in 1973 when... it happened. The film's director, Wes Wheadon, was present as this "creation" because he was a friend of both the cocktail party's host, Charles Pollack, a West Hollywood designer, Pollack's house guest, Ms Davis, and their guest, Ms West. And what a night it was -- even if, as it turns out, the (I am guessing) surreptitious tape recording Wheadon made ran out long before the evening did.
WHEN BETTE MET MAE, runs only a little longer than that tape -- 63 minutes -- but for fans of both or either of these extraordinary leading ladies, the documentary will prove catnip indeed.
Karen Teliha, Brandon Larcom and Victoria Mills, each of whom does a splendid job of both impersonation and lip-syncing, while bringing to life these characters.
Charles Pierce over that of Craig Russell, for instance), and why Davis had to put career ahead of husbands and children is another most interesting topic.
Sally Kellerman, the film, as was the evening itself, is pretty much sui generis. I'm imagining that Wheadon had to wait until such time that no one else was still alive who could object and perhaps skewer the deal. But here it is at last: a meeting of minds and characters so redolent of Hollywood's heyday that I can't imagine there is not a very large audiences out there (in addition to the huge following of gay men to whom these icons mean so much) just ready to pounce on this piece of recreated, magic memorabilia.
Google Play -- to rent or to own. It is also expected to become available via iTunes this coming Tuesday, October 27.