MARJORIE BEEBE’S BOTTOM


Marjorie Beebe in 'The Farmer's Daughter' 1928

 

 

For Ian Craine

 

 

‘Marjorie Beebe is the greatest comic possibility that ever worked in my studio. I think she is destined to become the finest comedienne  the screen has ever seen.’  Mack Sennett

 

Her bottom was a serious matter:

the butt, as it were, of numerous pratfalls

in many Mack Sennett two reelers – like

The Chumps, Campus Crushes and The Cowcatcher’s

Daughter – in which she was a capricious,

lubricious Columbine with witty eyes

and good teeth and various Harlequins,

who ended invariably as losers.

From Kansas City, her mother took her

on the Yellow Brick Road to Tinsel Town.

Beebe and Sennett became lovers, despite

or because of the thirty year difference,

so he knew her asset first hand so to speak.

From silents to talkies, slapsticks to wise cracks,

her Mid West accent playing well, then Mack goes bust

and Marjorie gradually disappears.

Was it the booze? She was certainly

a toper. Or, more likely, The Hays Code:

irony suppressed, vulgarity outlawed,

Puritan America triumphant!

 

NOTE: The poem has been posted today to celebrate Marjorie Beebe’s birthday – 9th October 1908. The poem has been previously published twice before on the site – http://www.davidselzer.com/2011/10/marjorie-beebe%E2%80%99s-bottom-2/ and http://www.davidselzer.com/2011/06/marjorie-beebe%E2%80%99s-bottom/ – and has been one of the most visited pieces. In addition, it has been published on http://thirdsundaybc.com/2012/06/

 

 

 

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