Friday, June 07, 2013

Mae West: Muscle Men Mix

Singapore was slinging the shaky status up-dates about the "Mae West Revue" at its overseas subscribers, emphasizing that MAE WEST was maintaining her silence.
• • "Mae West silent as muscle men mix" • •
• • Washington, D.C., Friday —  "Mr. Universe," sporting a black eye and limping, yesterday filed assault charges against a fellow muscle man who knocked him out in Mae West's dressing room.
• • Mickey Hargitay, Budapest-born weight lifter who came to the USA eight years ago filed the charges against Chuck Krauser. Both are members of the Mae West troupe which is making a night club appearance in Washington.
• • Krauser pleaded self defence.  ...
• • Miss West sat in silence throughout the hearing before the charges were filed. ...
• • Source: A.P. article printed on page 2 in The Straits Times (Singapore); published on Tuesday, 9 June 1956.
• • This Associated Press piece is interesting because it also noted a few tantalizing tidbits about statements other performers offered to reporters while Mae West deliberately shielded herself, enrobed in silence.
• • "Krauser ... holds no title" • •
• • Unlike the American accounts, the articles designated for overseas readers were sure to add a saucy slap such as this one: Chuck Krauser, 33, is a former wrestler who holds no title except what might be unofficially bestowed for belting out "Mr. Universe" in — — as witnesses described the fracas — — three fast punches.
• • On Tuesday, 9 June 1956 • •
• • "Mae West's Muscle Men in Fist Fight" • •
• • Washington, June 7 — Two muscular members of a night club troupe headed by Mae West got into a fight in her dressing room last night, police reported, and one of them received hospital treatment as a result.
• • Police said Mickey Hargitay, 26-year-old "Mr. Universe" filed an assault complaint against Charles Krause, 24-year-old "Mr. America". .... The fight came during a news conference, police said.  Miss West reportedly was discussing plans to replace "Mr. Universe" in her show.  Officers quoted Krause (sic) as saying he hit Hargitay when "Mr. Universe" ignored Krause's suggestions that he "stop making remarks" about Miss West. She was said to have escaped injury in the row.  . . .
• • Hargitay has been seen often with Jayne Mansfield, a New York actress. "I'm that way about Mickey because he's a sincere, sweet, lovable guy and not because he has such an outstanding physique, said Miss Mansfield, who has quite a physique herself.  Marriage is not imminent, she said, but hinted it could happen. ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West's Muscle Men In Fist Fight" published on page 23 of The Miami News on Thursday, 7 June 1956.
• • There are other news accounts that speculate on the motives of the men in the "Mae West Revue." Frankly, I was hoping that at least one article would have mentioned Mary Birge (a.k.a. Mrs. Mickey Hargitay) going after her two-timing husband with a wooden rolling pin. 
• • On Monday, 7 June 1926 in NYC • •
• • In Manhattan, on Monday, 7 June 1926, District Attorney Joab Banton announced the formation of a "play jury," volunteer citizens who would attend every play and vote on whether it met civic standards of decency.  Each jury would be made up of 12 adults. This "play jury" process came to an end after Mae West was arrested on 9 February 1927.
• • On Saturday, 7 June 1952 • •
• • In Hollywood, on 7 June 1952, Mae West made a check payable to her secretary Larry Lee, who also provided editorial help to the actress. Christie's sold it in 1999.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • When Mae West discussed parting with Libby Taylor, her longtime maid,  Mae said, "When she began wanting me to wake her up in the morning, I told her she'd better stop being a maid and give her all to the public."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A news item in Queensland mentioned Mae West.
• • Sydney — Mae West's new picture "Klondyke Annie" has been banned by the Federal film censorship. It cannot be exhibited in any Australian State. In New Zealand, however, the film was permitted to be released.
• • It is competent (sic) for the film exchange concerned to appeal to the Appeals Board against the decision of the censorship. ...
• • Source: Article: "Klondyke Annie — Mae West Film Banned" was printed in Townsville Daily Bulletin (Queensland); published on Monday, 25 May 1936
• • By the Numbers • • 
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