Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mae West: Sin and Sex on March 19th

MAE WEST's motion picture, with a working title of "It Ain't No Sin," began production in March — — on 19 March 1934. In the script, Ruby Carter, the American beauty queen of the night club-sporting world set, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans.
• • From "Belle of the Ninetes" • •
• • • • Ace Lamont: Great town, St. Louis. You were born here?
• • • • Ruby Carter: Yes.
• • • • Ace Lamont: What part?
• • • • Ruby Carter: Why, all of me.
• • According to the venerable Hollywood publicist A.C. Lyles, attached for decades to Paramount Pictures, some press agents, who were assigned to promote Mae West’s next picture "It Ain't No Sin," bought 50 parrots and had the macaws trained to utter the film’s title. The intention was to ship one parrot to every notable movie columnist across the world. The entertainment editor, presumably, would unwrap the cage and immediately hear the parrot plug the film. Unfortunately, one month before the publicity department prepared to give the trained featherweights a send-off, Paramount's front office cabled that they were changing the title of the 1934 movie to "Belle of the Nineties," thanks to Will Hays. Today most movie reviewers would merely get a thing without feathers — — an email announcement.
• • We have an amusing interview with Arthur Mayer, the actual bird trainer, and will post it on another occasion.
• • Mae West: No More "Sex" • •
• • Mae West's play "Sex" closed during the month of March — — on 19 March 1927. As the noisy and contentious obscenity trial was in progress at Jefferson Market Courthouse, Jim Timony informed the press that the Broadway star was "exhausted." The blockbuster hit opened in April 1926 at Daly's 63rd Street Theatre.
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins, according to Catholic teachings. Twin Cities reporter Tom Webb writes: Minnesota is home to the nation's largest all-you-can-eat buffet company, Buffets Inc., along with scores of restaurants that evidently agree with actress Mae West: too much of a good thing can be wonderful. Alas, nutritionists don't buy it. "We have data that when more (food) is there, people will eat more than they need," said Julie Miller Jones, a retired nutrition professor at the St. Catherine University in St. Paul. ...
• • Source: "Minnesota's food producers fed the nation, and the nation got fat" written by Tom Webb for Pioneer Press; posted on 18 March 2010
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