Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mae West: Barred by NBC

It was Christmas Eve when MAE WEST fans read that the actress's name had become too hot for the airwaves.
• • "Mae West's Name Barred by NBC" • •
• • NEW YORK, Dec. 23 — [AP] — Word went out from the National Broadcasting Company today to keep the name of Mae West out of all programs over which it has control. Issued privately to 16 stations in 12 cities, the order was designed to forestall any joking references that might be made to the widely discussed "Adam and Eve" sketch broadcast from Hollywood Dec. 12.
• • AP continued:  Although not made public, it was understood that the inter-station communique said in effect: "Please watch scripts for mention of Mae West's name and keep it out." An exception probably would be made in the event Miss West figured in a news broadcast. The sketch, in which the actress made one of her infrequent radio appearances, aroused a storm of criticism, particularly from religious groups, and provoked talk in Congress of tighter radio regulations.  ...
• • Source: Syndicated article reprinted in Abilene Reporter-News (Texas); published on Friday, 24 December 1937.
• • On Friday, 24 December 1999 • •
• • A theatre review of a New York City revival of the play "Sex" by Mae West ran in The New York Times on Friday, 24 December 1999 under this title: "Mae West's First Play (for the Stage, That Is)" and the drama critic seemed satisfied.  Byline was given as D.J. R. Bruckner.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West likes to portray bad women, she says, because "that's the only kind of women people are interested in. Can you remember any of the good women in history? I can't — only Betsy Ross, and all she could make was a flag!"
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I did not change my way of life. I harmed no one. I had a philosophy, an idea of how to live fully and in my way.  I believed in it as fully and as strongly as I believed in being an American."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian magazine mentioned Mae West and Hitler.
• • "Hitler and Mae West — A Broadcast Cancelled" • •
• • The West Australian printed this: Melbourne, December 23 — At the request of the Vice-Consul for Germany (Dr. M. Koeltzsch), an imaginary conversation between Herr Hitler and Miss Mae West (the American film star) was not broadcast over the national network on Saturday night, as had been arranged. 'The proposed item was a brief sketch of the type often given on the vaudeville stage,' the Victorian manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (Mr. T. W. Bearup) said today. 'We did not believe anyone could take exception to it, but we cancelled it in deference to the wish of the German Consul.'
• • Source: Item in The West Australian (Perth); published on Tuesday, 24 December 1935
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2816th 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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