MAE WEST was censored in foreign countries as well as in the USA. Here's a sad news item from March 13th datelined Vienna.
• • To think that a European country who had embraced Hitler would frown on Mae West for her "baser instincts." Unreal.
• • "Mae West Role Is Banished in Vienna" • •
• • VIENNA, March 12 — — Associated Press — — Mae West's blonde portrayal of "Lady Lou" in the film "She Done Him Wrong" has been banished from the screen in "Christian Vienna."
• • The ban followed upon newspaper attacks on what was called "nothing but uncouth and clumsy eroticism, appealing to the basest instincts."
• • One Austrian newspaper editorial boasted this: in that connection the city might now call itself Christian with the crushing of the socialists. . . .
• • Source: The San Bernardino Sun on page 10; published on Tuesday, 13 March 1934.
• • R.I.P. Beloved Sister • •
• • Mildred Katherine West [8 December 1898 — 12 March 1982] • •
• • In the month of March, we honor Mae's younger sister Beverly.
• • In March 1924, Variety noted a new act listed on Manhattan's stagebill: "Beverly West and Co., Piano and Singing." While not mentioning that she was Mae West's sister, Variety's reviewer admitted that "she puts over her numbers acceptably." Proctor's East 58th Street location had engaged Beverly and her musicians in 1924. Back in 1895, F.F. Proctor had built his playhouse, Proctor's Pleasure Palace Palm Gardens, on 154 East 58th Street, New York, NY in midtown on the eastside [now zipcode 10022]. During the same interval (mid-March in 1924), Mae West was trouping in vaudeville in Texas.
• • Born in Brooklyn on 8 December 1898, Beverly changed her stage name a few times. She was Beverly Osborne, then it was Beverly Arden. Afflicted with polio and a limp, Beverly favored long dresses that covered her imperfect legs. Beverly died two years after her older sister on Friday, 12 March 1982. She was 83.
• • On Thursday, 12 March 1936 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • The reviewer for The N.Y. Times Frank S. Nugent was aware of the uproar from the Hays Office that delayed Mae's latest motion picture. Nugent wrote: Mae West's "Klondike Annie" really does not merit the agitation it has caused. His comments appeared in The N.Y. Times on Thursday, 12 March 1936.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Herb Howe wrote: No nutty nationalist, I find no fault with the nominations except they did not include that sturdiest, acting-est American, Mae West, who, incidentally, seems to be the choice of foreigners in the land of Bernhardt, the land of Duse, and even in the land of West, if box-office votes are any criteria.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Nearly all my work is based on true facts."
• • Mae West said: “Love thy neighbor. And if he happens to be tall, debonair, and good looking, it will be that much easier.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The San Bernardino Daily Sun mentioned Mae West and this quite charming anecdote.
• • New York, March 10th — — Jacob I. Lieberman, who at the age of 89 regained his sight after 22 years of blindness, is recuperating from his first visit to the movies. Lieberman, an inmate of the Jewish blind home at Yonkers, was taken to see a Greta Garbo picture on Broadway.
• • "Lemme see this Mae West first. Then I tell you!" • •
• • Lieberman sat down in the theater, took one look at the huge figures on the screen, fumbled for his hat and cane and exclaimed: "I'm going out! People are climbing on the walls." Asked for his opinion of Greta Garbo, he said: "I want to see this Mae West first. Then I tell you." ...
• • Source: The San Bernardino Daily Sun; published on Sunday, 11 March 1934
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