About the Film

In the fall of 1973, a cocktail party was given by Charles Pollack, a West Hollywood designer, for his house guest Bette Davis and Mae West.

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Bette, Wes and Mae in 1973

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 David.  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.

In 2014, the tape recording made that night was painstakingly restored and synched to on-screen actors’ movements to create this film, bringing the original party back to life. The documentary adds backstory clarification to the topics under discussion, illuminating the very real impact each woman had not only on film history, but on our culture today.

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The cast of WHEN BETTE MET MAE

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