Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mae West: Propriety Questioned

In December of 1937, The Cornell Daily Sun was another paper that weighed in on MAE WEST.   
• • "Propriety of Mae West Broadcast Questioned" • •
• • New York,  Dec. 16 — Mae West's broadcast with Don Ameche on the Charlie McCarthy Hour [sic] last Sunday night is to bring a statement from the National Broadcasting Company, it was indicated late today.
• • The reason therefore centers on the protests that have been pouring in by mail and otherwise.  These haven't been counted but they are described as "a lot."
• • Objectors to the broadcast have questioned the propriety of the script, which NBC officials at Hollywood have insisted was inoffensive when read in the ordinary way, but which, according to the protests, differently on the air.
• • The script was an Adam and Eve comedy.
• • In its statement, NBC was expected to say that both it and the sponsors were sorry that the incident happened and that steps would be taken to see that a similar case did not develop in the future.
• • Source: Article on page 1 in The Cornell Daily Sun; published on Friday, 17 December 1937.
• • On Friday, 17 December 1937 • •
• • On Friday, 17 December 1937 in The Hollywood Reporter industry people surely noticed an article about Mae West on page 1:  "Legion of Decency Drive Impends on Radio 'Sacrilege'." This piece continued on page 4.
• • On Friday, 17 December 1937 • •
• • An article appeared on the front cover of The Cornell Daily Sun on Friday, 17 December 1937 — — above the fold. The title was "Propriety of Mae West Broadcast Questioned."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Jack La Rue, who had a leading role as the suave South American lothario Pablo Juarez in Mae West's famous stage hit, "Diamond Lil," will make his first screen appearance with the star in "Go West Young Man." Emanuel Cohen, president of Major Pictures, is producing the new vehicle for Paramount release.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "We haven't had any perfectly Natural Figures since the war took beer away."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book mentioned Mae West.
• • Michael C. Johanek wrote:  Students ranked James Cagney as their favorite movie star; George Raft and Mae West ranked high as well.  ...
• • Source: Item in a book "Leonard Covello and the Making of Benjamin Franklin High School" written by  Michael C. Johanek; published in 2007
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. Yesterday we entertained 1,430 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3072nd blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mae West: Jewels for Sale

The other day there was a live auction for some outstanding estate jewelry owned by and shown in photographs on MAE WEST.
• • Suite of 3 Pieces from Estate of Film Star Mae West • •
• • Greater London Auctions wrote: These three pieces were owned and worn by the actress. Here is a portrait of Mae, wearing the bracelet. The set includes a beautiful necklace, bracelet, and a watch. All items are platinum and diamonds.  [Their starting bid was $180,000.00.]
• • Estimated Price: $250,000 — $350,000.    
• • Auctioneer: Greater London Auctions, LLC in Houston, Texas [Tel. (713) 827-8886].
• • On Thursday, 16 December 1937 • •
• • It was on Thursday, 16 December 1937 that Variety ran an article about Mae West's controversial appearance on NBC in the Garden of Eden Skit: "Educator calls radio program a home menace."
• • On Thursday, 16 December 1937 • •
• • An article "Religious Leader Warns US Board on 'Risque' Radio Plays" was printed in The Los Angeles Herald on Thursday, 16 December 1937.  A never ending Niagara of condemnation from the religious righteous — — that is, the same groups that either condoned or covered up priest pedophilia for decades. Sheesh.
• • On Monday, 16 December 1940 • •
• • An item in The Straits Times (Singapore), Monday, 16 December 1940 mentioned Mae's latest film.
• • Lovers of the ages:  Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, Mickey and Minnie, and now Mae West and W.C. Fields!!
• • Come up and see them sometime.  Mae is the Belle of the Badlands and W.C. Fields is her Rootin' Tootin' Romeo. Another big show of laughs tomorrow at the Capitol Theatre.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West never forgets a friend nor a kindness, and seems to have an inexhaustible memory for the faces of those who have crossed her pathway in her long journey from Brooklyn to Broadway.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Probably the sort of thing that I present on the screen is just what the folks need these days."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Florida Today mentioned Mae West.
• • And adding a "wow" factor helps, too. In this case, guests had the chance to pose for pictures with Mae West's yellow Auburn convertible
• • Source: Article: "Plan ahead to avoid party stress" in Florida Today; published on Saturday, 13 December 2014
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. Yesterday we entertained 1,430 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3071st blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Mae West: Fort Sill

MAE WEST popped up in the letters of soldiers fighting on the front and in training.
• • An American soldier wrote: Wednesday, 15 December 1943, Fort Sill, Oklahoma — — I have to start this letter telling you how cold the weather was ... Another fellow and I went to the Main Post to the movies to see Mae West in "The Heat's On." What a smelly picture with Mae West sighing her way through. Typical of the corny jokes is  . . . .
• • Source: Diary entry for Wednesday, 15 December 1943 in "Dear Folks: A Soldier's Letters to His Family in World War II"; e-book published in 2000.
• • On Monday, 15 December 1930 • •
• • On Monday, 15 December 1930 this material was copyrighted: "Frisco Kate, a play in 3 acts" by Mae West.
• • Mae listed her address as 200 West 57th Street, New York, NY in 1930.
• • On Friday, 15 December 1933 • •
• • The release date for "She Done Him Wrong" in France was on Friday, 15 December 1933. In that country, the film's title was "Lady Lou."
• • On Wednesday, 15 December 1937 • •
• • An article "Mae West Script Angers Listeners" ran in The Hollywood Reporter in their issue dated for Wednesday, 15 December 1937.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The debut of stage star Mae West on celluloid in 1932 excited spectators and ignited pulpits.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The men in my life walked around stiff-legged, watching each other like animals at a waterhole, ready to leap at each others' throats."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Ralph Wilk wrote:  Camera work will be started August 5 on Mae West's starring picture, "Personal Appearance," to be produced by Major Productions, headed by Emanuel Cohen, for release by Paramount in October.
• • Randolph Scott has been loaned to Cohen by Paramount to play one of the leading roles in the film, joining a cast headed by Warren William. Isabel Jewell, Alice Brady. and Elizabeth Patterson, under direction of Henry Hathaway.
• • Source: Item in Film Daily; published on Tuesday, 28 July 1936 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. Yesterday we entertained 1,430 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3070th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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