Posing for the cover of Radio Stars Magazine, MAE WEST looks ready to rumble.
• • As the major movie studios began to convert from silent movies to talking pictures, they developed ways of testing the appeal of stage and radio talent such as Mae West and Rudy Vallee. The moguls would cast radio personalities and Broadway stars in "shorts" — — comic skits, for instance — — and if these short subjects generated heat, then the individual would be offered a contract and sent off to Tinseltown.
• • Chatting with the former radio star Rudy Vallee [1901 — 1986], Joe Franklin became aware of his vast magazine collection. Numerous back issues were carefully preserved in his house at the top of Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills (where the closest neighbor was Jack LaLanne). In his comfortable den, Rudy Vallee proudly displayed a great number of publications that had featured him on the cover but he also kept special back issues with cover art of people he liked — — such as Mae West — — close at hand. Vallee gave this back issue of Radio Stars, featuring a smoldering Mae, to his friend Joe Franklin.
• • Any fans of old-time radio reading this blog?
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West's colleague • • Rudy Vallee • •
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