It was late December and MAE WEST was getting clobbered for a Biblical skit she did not even write.
• • "Federal Commission Jumps Into Storm Over Mae West Radio Program" • •
• • HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 19. Radio listeners who heard Mae West impersonate the world's first woman in an "Adam and Eve" skit a week ago, tonight received an apology delivered over the same NBC network of stations. It stated briefly: "It has been brought to the attention of the sponsors of this program that a skit on its last Sunday night offended the religious sensibilities of some of our listeners. Our hope is to make each and every hour spent with us both entertaining and edifying. We pledge ourselves to that purpose and sincerely regret any unintended offense that may have been given."
• • The material called attention to a section forbidding utterance of "obscene, indecent or profane language" by radio. The commission, Chairman Frank R. McNinch said, is charged with enforcement of the law. "Every person holding a radio station license has the legal as well as moral duty and obligation to protect the public from offensive broadcasts," McNinch wrote. A protest against the skit was filed with the commission by Representative O'Toole, New York Democrat, who called it "filthy and indecent." ...
• • Source: The San Bernardino County Sun (on page 3); published on Monday, 20 December 1937.
• • On Monday, 20 December 1926 • •
• • It was on Monday, 20 December 1926 that the controversial tabloid Evening Graphic printed a publicity picture of Mae West onstage, costumed as Margy LaMont, actor Barry O'Neill sprawled out in a chair, under her. In her 1926 Broadway play, Mae wanted to depict a woman who has power over her men, a novel idea at the time for theatrical dramas.
• • That was a daring fringed costume and a cheeky "spread eagle" pose for 1926. Ooo-la-la, Mae!
• • On Monday, 20 December 1937 • •
• • On Monday, 20 December 1937, The Hollywood Reporter heaped praise on Mae West and "Every Day's a Holiday," writing that the motion picture was "sumptuous in atmosphere and setting." They continued: "Mae is Mae as always, sartorially magnificent in the stunning wardrobe designed for her by Schiaparelli."
• • And she wore it well, let's not forget.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • All stars go in for brightly colored nails. Mae West, for instance, whose hands are definitely short and plump, wears deep rose enamel from the base of the nail to the very tip. A girl with the long strong fingers of Greta Garbo would hardly choose to follow this example.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • After she bought a ranch, Mae West said: "I'm going to see how it seems to wake up and hear a bird singing, for a change, instead of listening to taxis and trucks or milkmen. They say I'll be able to reach out of the window and have my orange juice. Well, we'll see."
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• • An article about Hollywood movies mentioned Mae West.
• • "Girls' Dormitory" At the Regal — — "Go West, Young Man" At the Plaza — —
"Hortobagy" At the Film Society • •
• • This week we have run the gamut of sex, from the incredible virginities of Girls' Dormitory by way of Miss Mae West to the leaping stallions in Hortobagy. ...
• • Source: "The Cinema" in The Spectator (UK); published on Saturday, 18 December 1936
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