Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mae West: No Gentlemen

In the opinion of MAE WEST, the radio people let her down.
• • A Hollywood reporter with United Press interviewed her. It's a long article, so we'll give you just a small taste this time.
• • "Radio People Let Her Down" • •
• • "Maybe the College Boys Should Have Gone to Vespers, Miss West Says" • •
• • Frederick C. Otkman wrote: Mae West shrugged a svelte hip in disdain for the National Broadcasting Company and accused its executives of impolite, disrespectful, ungentlemanly and ungracious conduct for leaving a lady in the lurch.
• • Frederick C. Otkman continued: This same indictment went also for the heads of a coffee advertising company. It hired her last month to broadcast an "Adam and Eve" skit, of which there were complaints that echoed all the way to the Federal Communications Commission.
• • "They were no gentlemen," she said. "They let a lady down " Fact was, Miss West continued, there was nothing wrong with the broadcast. Nobody would have complained about her conversation with the snake in the Garden of Eden, she said, had not most of the student body of "a certain Midwest boys' college" stayed home to listen to her, rather than attend vespers.  ...
• • Source: syndicated column rpt in The Times (Hammond, Indiana); published on Sunday, 30 January 1938.  
• • On Sunday, 30 January 1938 • •
• •  Mae West Is Banned Over Radio • •
• • ("The Sunday Times" Special Message.) • •
• • NEW YORK, Saturday — — The National Broadcasting Company from its headquarters here has issued definite instructions that the name of Mae West must not be mentioned over any station in the network which it controls.
• • It is believed that this is the result of violent objection that followed Miss West's recent appearance, after a four-year absence from the air, in a sketch entitled "Adam and Eve."
• • Source: Sunday Times (Perth); published on Sunday, 30 January 1938.
• • On Wednesday, 30 January 1935 in Singapore • •
• • "Lord Byng at a Mae West Tea-Party — Star Will Be In London For Jubilee Celebration."
• • Lord Byng and Lady Byng joined Mae West for tea and tried to butter her up with some friendly persuasion. The Straits Times in Singapore ran an article with all the particulars on page 6 on Wednesday, 30 January 1935.
• • The NYC newsman wrote: "Miss West entertained Lord and Lady Byng at tea in her dressing room at Paramount Pictures. She soon put her guests at their ease with a few simple Westisms." ...
• • Before he left, Lord Byng suggested that she should come to London. "Sure," said Miss West. "It would fascinate me." ...
• • "Tea began formally but Miss West soon broke the ice," the journalist noted.
• • Source: Article: "Lord Byng at a Mae West Tea-Party — Star Will Be in London for Jubilee Celebration" printed in The Straits Times; published on Wednesday, 30 January 1935.
• • On Sunday, 30 January 2011 in Florida • •
• • Words of Mae West come to life in “The Drag• •
• • Orlando-based columnist Dawnn Behrens wrote this for Originally written in 1926, the words of Mae West come to life in “The Drag” tonight [on January 30th] at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center (Studio B). Directors Michael Wanzie, John DiDonna and their group received permission from the estate of the late Mae West to present the show. It will be present tonight as the last night of an exclusive 2 night performance as part of their “Dangerous Plays Series — Giving breath to dissenting voices” series. . . .
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • According to the Mayors of some seaport cities now in convention in New York, Mae West is TOPS!  Asked by Paul Moss, Commissioner of Licenses, who their favorite screen star was, they unanimously selected Mae so Boris Morros, in appreciation, is having the Mayors   as guests of the N. Y. Paramount today Miss West is now in her fifth week at this house with her pix, "Goin' to Town".   
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My pictures don't shock me, but I have been genuinely shocked by stories and some scenes I have seen in pictures."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Bunyip mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West's Business Approach" • •
• •  'You know, the unfunniest people to interview are comedians — they take themselves so seriously! But I remember asking Mae West the secret of making sex a success without being offensive. And she said, 'Well, I'm not really a hotsy-totsy dame — I'm a serious business woman. A lot of women make dough by exposing their torso. But I make more by doing nothing of the sort. I just keep 'em guessing.''
• • From Denis Duperly, a film correspondent on 'The Gleaner,' speaking in a BBC programme . . .
• • Source: The Bunyip; published on Friday, 11 May 1951
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2843rd 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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