Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mae West: May Be Dropped

"MAE WEST May Be Dropped" was the shocking headline from Hollywood circulating during June 1934. Let's revisit this time of censorship when the purity police gathered their forces.
• • "Suggestive Films — American Women Impose Ban" • •
• • "Mae West May Be Dropped" • •
• • Hollywood, June 19th — Hollywood movie companies are alarmed at the effects of a ban of the National Women's Council on famous studios, such as Paramount and United Artists, because of suggestive and indecent pictures they have produced.
• • It is rumored here that the end of the careers of Mae West and Anna Sten, the sensational Russian star, is likely if the ban extends.  ...
• • Source: Article: Barrier Miner; published on Wednesday, 20 June 1934.
• • In case her name is new to you, Anna Sten [3 December 1908 — 12 November 1993] was a Russian-born silent film actress and later a Hollywood screen star.

• • On Sunday, 11 June 1989 • •
• • The L.A. Times wrote:  "I'm No Angel" (Channel 5, Saturday at 3:15 a.m.): Mae West was never better as a carny dancer turned lion tamer who conquers high society and vamps Cary Grant as well; this is the one in which she ad-libbed (sic), "Beulah, peel me a grape."
• • On Friday, 11 June 2010 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • On Friday, 11 June 2010 in The N.Y. Times, reporter Sara Polsky described a 28-foot-wide Manhattan mansion recently listed for sale.
• • In the early 1930s, 266 West End Avenue belonged to actress Mae West.  Beverly stayed on for awhile in Mae's home before it was sold.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "There is something about big cats that appeals to me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Hollywood mentioned Mae West.
• • Film Daily's East Coast columnist Ralph Wilk wrote: Hollywood — Mae West, who makes her screen debut in "Night After Night," and Roscoe Karns have been given Paramount contracts. ...
• • Source: Article: "Paramount Signs Three" printed in The Film Daily; published on Tuesday, 4 October 1932
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2668th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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