Monday, December 22, 2014

Mae West: Guest Starring

MAE WEST made headlines on December 22nd in 1963 and delighted her fans.
• • "Mae West Will Guest" • •
• • HOLLYWOOD — — Mae West will make one of her rare television appearances when she is the guest star in an episode of Mister Ed, starring Alan Young with the talking horse on the CBS television network, Sundays 6:30 to 7 PM. The episode, titled "Mae West Meets Mister Ed," marks the first time Miss West has appeared in a continuing series.
• • She was a guest star a few years ago on "The Red Skelton Show," also on the CBS television network.
• • Miss West's Mister Ed appearance will be filmed soon and will be broadcast several weeks later.  Arthur Lubin is the producer-director of the series.
• • Source:  The Fresno Bee — The Republican (California); published on Sunday, 22 December 1963.
• • On Sunday, 22 December 1935 in The L.A. Times • •
• • Photographs of Mae's Los Angeles apartment were featured in the Sunday edition of The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, 22 December 1935.
• • On Monday, 22 December 2003 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Those who read The New York Times on Monday, 22 December 2003 and tried to do the daily crossword puzzle, saw this clue: "Mae West, for one."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Emanuel Cohen gave a party in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cooper. Cohen, you know, is head of Paramount. Everybody from the Paramount studio was there.
• • Frances Drake came with Randy Scott, Mae West with James Timony, Gail Patrick with Lanny Ross, George Raft with Virginia Pine, Toby Wing with Jack Oakie.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out from what."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A London paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "The Carlton TV Mae West Award" •
• • The Carlton Women in Film and TV Awards is to be held on 8 December. The 10th award ceremony will include a new category — — The Carlton TV Mae West Award for the most outspoken women in the industry.  ...
• • Source: Item in Broadcast Now UK; published on Friday, 24 November 2000
• • 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 3075th 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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Friday, December 19, 2014

Mae West: Skittish Over Skit

MAE WEST found herself in the center of a storm in mid-December 1937.  No one could shovel fast enough to clear a path. Then the FCC got into it. Mae did not write the skit, however.  Arch Obler wrote it (though he was never named nor scolded).
• • "FCC Wants Copy of Mae West's Eve Skit" • •
• • WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 — [UP] — The federal communications commission ordered the National Broadcasting company tonight to submit a copy of Mae West's Adam and Eve broadcast of last Sunday night.
• • Asserting it had received letters protesting the skit was profane, indecent and insulting to the American people, the commission said it had not prejudiced the matter but would reserve judgment until it had the facts.
• • The order was contained in a letter from Chairman Frank R. McNinch to Lenox R. Lohr, president of NBC.  McNinch told Lohr that under the law the commission had no right to censor broadcasts, but called attention to a section forbidding utterance of obscene, indecent or profane language by radio. The commission, McNinch said, is charged with enforcement of the law.
• • Every person holding a radio station license has the legal as well as moral duty and obligation to protect the public from offensive broadcasts, McNinch wrote.
• • Article by United Press rpt in The Daily Illini; published on Sunday, 19 December 1937.
• • On Sunday, 19 December 1936 in Picturegoer • •
• • Picturegoer's issue for the week of 19 December 1936 featured these three: Mae West, Merle Oberon, Alfred Hitchcock.
• • Picturegoer was a magazine published in the United Kingdom between 1913 — 1960. Its primary focus was on contemporary films and the performers who appeared in them. During the silent film era, it started as a weekly movie review, then evolved into a weekly listing of films being shown at UK cinema houses when talkies became popular. Eventually, it became a bi-weekly movie magazine featuring the screen's biggest stars that was sold at all movie theaters in the UK.
• • On Sunday, 19 December 1937 • •
• • Forbidden fruit, unlawful carnal knowledge, the serpent in the garden — — and maybe the real "snake" all along was the self-righteous head of the purity police, the Catholic League.
• • NBC Chairman Frank R. McNinch was still dealing with the fallout after Mae West's appearance on his network. The FCC took the position that, though it had no power to censor radio guests, NBC had a moral duty to shield its listeners from offensiveness. An article about the outraged public outcry and protest letters that NBC had received over the Mae West Biblical skit on radio was published in The Sunday Morning Herald in Washington, DC on Sunday, 19 December 1937.
• • Eventually, NBC would ban Mae for 15 years over this curious flapdoodle.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywood — "Belle of the Nineties," starring Mae West, has a "beef trust" chorus and a choir of 100 voices.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "We must do all that only and exclusively with the eyes."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Australia's Sunday Times mentioned Mae West.
• • "Says Mae" • •
• • NEW YORK, Saturday.  To celebrate the completion of her last picture, Mae West has given director Edward Sutherland a gold watch case inscribed "Come up and see me sometime, and I'll give you the works."  . . .
• • Source: Item in Sunday Times (Perth); published on Sunday, 19 December 1937
• • 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 • • 
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mae West: Filthy, Indecent

Elected officials also ganged up on MAE WEST over the Adam and Eve radio skit aired on NBC when she was trying to promote her latest film.
• • "Files Protest Against Mae West Skit" • •
• • Washington, Dec. 17. [AP] Representative O'Toole (D. N.Y.) filed a protest today with the communications commission against what he described as a filthy and indecent radio program in which Mae West was featured as the guest star last Sunday night.
• • In a letter to T. J. Slowie, secretary of the commission, O'Toole said, "It is my intention to force congressional action on this matter."
• • He continued, "The radio, entering, as it does into the homes of millions of our citizens, must at all costs give clean, decent, and high-class entertainment."
• • The skit about which O'Toole complained was based on the Biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
• • Source:  Article by Associated Press rpt in The Daily Illini; published on Saturday, 18 December 1937. 
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 • •
• • "Every Day's a Holiday," a Gay Nineties motion picture comedy film starring and co-written by Mae West, was released in the USA in December — — on Saturday, 18 December 1937.
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 • •
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 some industry people surely noticed an article about Mae West on page 27 in Motion Picture Herald:   "Mae West Burlesques the Bible on the Air for Coffee Merchants."
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1993 • •
• • On Wednesday, 29 September 1971 Mae West had written a letter to comedian Groucho Marx.  Mae wrote (in part), "I've always been crazy about your crazy comedy. I remember how I howled watching your rushes in the projection room at Paramount, when I was there too, waiting to watch my own. ... I have to tell you you're the greatest of all the funny men ... whenever you're in L.A. come up and see me."
• • Price realized for this rare letter by Christie's auction bidding in NYC on Saturday, 18 December 1993 was $2,530.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Harold Hecht, dance director of the stage and screen, has been signed by Paramount to stage the dances for Mae West's starring picture, "Ruby Red."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When they didn't have a kid part for me, I did an olio number in front of the curtain. I was getting experience."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Spectator mentioned Mae West.
• • Reviewing a few current films, Graham Greene wrote: In their eyes, I am afraid, it is Miss Mae West who wins.  . . .
• • Source: Review in The Spectator; published on Friday, 18 December 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 3073rd 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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