Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mae West: Attempt to Flee

It was Wednesday, 21 February 1934 when MAE WEST was mentioned in California's daily The Modesto Bee. A police sting collared a brazen jewel thief. Previous news about Harry Voiler's escape had come as a shock to Mae.
• • Voiler, Wanted in Mae West Robbery, Is Jailed in Miami • •
• • Los Angeles — Feb 21 — AP — District Attorney Buron Fitts said he was advised of the arrest to-day in Miami, Florida of Harry Voiler, alleged "inside man" in the robbery of Mae West, screen actress.
• • Voiler was indicted on charges of conspiracy to rob Mae West, but resisted extradition from Illinois. Fitts said  Voiler was apprehended as he attempted to flee for Cuba. ...
• • On Tuesday, 21 February 1933 • •
• • Advertisements reminded theatre managers and bookers that normal grosses were being doubled and tripled for "She Done Him Wrong" starring Mae West: "The Whole Country Is Going WEST!"
• • An announcement appeared in Variety, on page 18, on Tuesday, 21 February 1933 as well as in other industry outlets.
• • On Wednesday, 21 February 1934 • •
• • It was on Wednesday evening, 21 February 1934, when the famed Mae West Jewel Robbery episode was dramatized on "Calling All Cars" over CBS Radio [without her personal participation in this traumatic drama]. Program #13 was sponsored by the Rio Grande Oil Company.
• • On Friday, 21 February 1936 • •
• • Starring Mae West, the motion picture "Klondike Annie" was in movie houses across the USA for the President's Day weekend — — on Friday, 21 February 1936.
• • The motion picture was released at a production cost of $1,000,000.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My last trouble with the police cost me a small fortune in litigation and a lot of headaches."
• • Mae West said: "Why marry a ballplayer when you can get the whole team?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • "Come up and sue me some time,'' drawled Mae West after the court had dismissed Mark Linder's million dollar suit against her.
• • The headlines read: "Mae West Wins Stage Lawsuit." A happy outcome for Mae but bitter news for Mark Linder, who pursued her not unlike the way Inspector Javert tailed Jean Valjean.
• • The troubles between Mae and the Linder brothers began in 1928 when "Diamond Lil" was on Broadway the first time.
• • Shortly after filing his lawsuit a decade later in 1938, Mark Linder was counter-sued by Mae West over the script of "Diamond Lil" revamped for the cinema as "She Done Him Wrong," a storyline Linder claimed he himself had written under the title "Chatham Square." But the judge sided with Paramount Pictures and the Brooklyn-born screen queen. Mark Linder lost the suit and Mae West was awarded one million dollars.
• • "Come up and sue me some time,'' drawled Mae West after the court had dismissed Mark Linder's million dollar suit against her. Linder, who was Mae West's co-author in "Diamond Lil" claimed that the picture earned her two million dollars, and that he received only two thousand. It was revealed that Mae West's age is 47.
• • Source for this summary: Article: "Mae West Wins Stage Lawsuit" in The Cornell Daily Sun, on page 1, Volume LX, Issue 103; published on Wednesday, 21 February 1940
• • By the Numbers • • 
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