Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Mae West: Banned Again

In October 1959 MAE WEST was booked to appear on a weekly TV news magazine show on the CBS network.
• • "Person to Person" was normally hosted by the distinguished newscaster Edward R. Murrow.  However, the new host, reporter Charles Collingwood was making his mark with his first episode set to be broadcast on 16 October 1959. CBS-News announced the line-up: Stage-and-screen star Mae West and "Dragnet" star Jack Webb are visited by new host, Charles Collingwood. 
• • Instead neither West nor Webb would appear on the broadcast with Collingwood.  The suits at CBS scrambled to get a suitable substitute interview with Edith Head and James and Pamela Mason completed by air-time.
• • Wade Boteler [3 October 1888 — 7 May 1943] • •
• • Wade Boteler was cast as the ranch foreman in the motion picture "Goin' to Town" [1935] which starred Mae West.
• • Born in Santa Ana, California in early October, Wade Boteler was a busy bit parts player who appeared in over 440 films between 1919 — 1943. The stern looking six-footer was often hired for detective, police inspector, and authority roles.
• • Employed right up to the end, he died in Hollywood from a heart attack on 7 May 1943.  Boteler was 54.
• • On Wednesday, 3 October 1928 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • COURT STAYS POLICE on MAE WEST PLAY; Writ Bars Interference Until Friday and 'Pleasure Man' Is Performed to Full House. CASES OF 56 UP TOMORROW Cant Pleads Not Guilty and Bail Is Continued — — Walker Revealed as Instigator of Raid. Seeks Conference With Warren. Arrests May Still Be Made. Author Appears Concerned. 
• • Coverage in The New York Times on Wednesday, 3 October 1928, page 33.
• • On Wednesday, 3 October 1928 • •
• • It was eighty-four years ago — — on 3 October 1928 — — when Mae West appeared in court to answer charges that she had written and produced another "immoral" play. Wire services sent out her photograph, explaining that the entire cast had been arrested after one opening performance.
• • The infamous raid at the Biltmore Theatre begins Act 2, Scene 1 of the serious-minded comedy "Courting Mae West."
• • In "Courting Mae West," Texas Guinan [vividly portrayed in NYC during The Fresh Fruit Fest in July 2008 by Eileen Glenn] visits Mae West [dynamically portrayed in July 2008 by Yvonne Sayers] backstage at the Royale Theatre on 1 October 1928 to warn her about the raid.
• • MAE WEST: Tex, isn't there a way to trouble-shoot this?
• • TEXAS GUINAN: Honey child, the problem with trouble-shooting is that, invariably, trouble shoots back!
• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era. Watch a scene on YouTube.
• • On Tuesday, 3 October 1933 in Variety • •
• • Variety ran with all sorts of coverage about "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West. For instance, their article "Downtown Frisco Will Milk Next Mae West Opus; Nabes Can Squawk" was published on page 11 in Variety's issue dated for Tuesday, 3 October 1933.
• • On Thursday, 3 October 1957 • •
• • On Thursday, 3 October 1957, Charles Olson [1910 — 1970] wrote a poem with the title "Obit." In line 50 the poet refers to actress "May West" (i.e., Mae West).  These verses, not published during his lifetime, finally appeared in a book in 1997.
• • Starting on 3 October 2005 • •
• • The National Film Theatre in London, England held a complete retrospective of the films of Mae West from 3 October 2005 — on.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When you tell people a play is naughty, they rush to see it. I can't help that, can I?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Shakespeare mentioned Mae West.
• • The Australian Women's Weekly wrote:  If Shakespeare lived to-day, would he make films and feature Mae West?
• • Imagine Shakespeare with horn-rimmed glasses, smoking a cigar, wearing plus fours, sitting back in a canvas chair with a megaphone in one hand, directing the film production of his latest play, "As You Like It," featuring Mae West.
• • If Shakespeare lived to-day, what would he be, and what would he do?  Would he be the Mussolini of the film world?  Sir John Martin Harvey, the famous actor, answers some of these questions in this amusing article. ...
• • Source: Article: "If Shakespeare lived to-day, would he make films and feature Mae West?" written by John Martin Harvey for The Australian Women's Weekly; published on Saturday, 28 July 1934
By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2446th 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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