• • The Mae West Blog has devoted its share of bandwidth to this phenomenon. However, an article written by Martin Grams, Jr. is so insightful and detailed that it eclipses other reportage. We’ll share a portion of his lengthy feature with you, dear Mae-mavens. Prepare to be amazed. This is Part 5 of 12 segments.
• • “The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show: An Episode Guide and Brief History” • •
• • An actress could not wear glasses in public • •
• • Martin Grams, Jr. wrote: Dorothy Lamour sang a song followed by a Chase and Sanborn commercial. Announcer Wendell Niles introduced Don Ameche and Mae West in "Adam and Eve." And then the calamity began.
• • Martin Grams, Jr. wrote: "Now one thing the powers-that-be forgot," recalled Oboler, "that in those days, unlike today, there were three things that an actress could not do. One was to have a child out of wedlock. Two, she could not swear, and three, she could not wear glasses. It was thought terrible for an actress to wear glasses. Well, Miss West, having all the usual good sense of all of us, didn’t wear her glasses during the rehearsals so she, being very near-sighted never saw my script.”
• • Martin Grams, Jr. wrote: Arch Obler recalled, “Mae bluffed her way through.”
• • Mae walked on stage waving these eyeglasses • • . . .
• • This article by Mr. Grams will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Radiogram; rpt by Old-Time Radio’s webmaster; posted on (undated).
• • Dated on Wednesday, 6 December 1978 • •
• • There was an auction for a personal check signed by Mae West and dated for Wednesday, 6 December 1978. The $12.13 payment was slotted for "General TelePhone" and the typed memo explained it was for ''Services at the ranch.'' This item was not sold at the auction, however.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywood — Owen Moore is back from New York to play with Mae West in her first Paramount starring vehicle, "Ruby Red." He is abandoning a personal appearance tour which started in Hollywood last April.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have known Harry Voiler for a number of years. He has now turned out to be a snake in the grass."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Vassar Miscellany News mentioned Mae West.
• • An ad on page 5: Now playing at Bardavon Theatre — Mae West in "Go West Young Man" (through next Wednesday) with Randolph Scott, Warren William, Alice Brady . . .
• • Source: Ad: Vassar Miscellany News, Vol. XXI, No. 18; published on Saturday, 5 December 1936
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 15th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,300 blog posts. Wow!• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,361st 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • with Charlie McCarthy in 1937 • •
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