Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mae West: Queens Campin'

MAE WEST's ankles were bruised and bitten bloody by tort-snorting termites in March 1930.
• • Researcher Ariel Nereson wrote: One of Nathan Burkan’s favorite tactics was making frequent motions to dismiss charges, testimony, or evidence, and his antics in the "Sex" case were well-known. When he moved to dismiss the charges of indecency on the second day of the trial, District Attorney James Wallace fumed: “This court should be fairly familiar by now with Mr. Burkan’s tactics. He has made more motions in this court than any of Miss West’s actors have on the stage” .   . . .
• • Source: Article: “Clash Marks Move to Free Mae West” (on page 24) in The New York Times; published on Thursday, 20 March 1930.
• • Source: Article:  Queens “Campin’” Onstage: Performing Queerness in Mae West’s “Gay Plays” written by Ariel Nereson.
• • On Saturday, 19 March 1927 • •
• • Signing the "Sex" checks • •
• • Mae West signed the "Sex" checks. Three promissory notes dated for Saturday, 19 March 1927 from the Moral Producing Corporation, $1000 each to Harold Spielberg, signed on the verso in original ink "Mae West" together with a check drawn on the Bowery and East River National Bank, dated 2 March 1927, signed by Mae West as President of the Moral Producing Corporation.
• • Sold in 1994 by the NYC auction house Christies. The sale was "Film and Television Memorabilia" and Mae's items were Lot 65.
• • On Monday, 19 March 1934 in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's motion picture, with a working title of "It Ain't No Sin," began production in mid-March — — on Monday, 19 March 1934. In the script, Ruby Carter, the American beauty queen of the night club and sporting world set, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's plans for a vacation trip have been blasted by a Paramount notice that she must be ready to start on her next picture about the middle of July. Meanwhile, she must help get the screenplay in shape.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It takes two to get one in trouble."
• • Mae West said: "Saving love doesn't bring any interest."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The  N.Y. Times mentioned Mae West. 
• • "One Juror Lacking in Mae West Trial” read one headline.  
• • Source: New York Times; published on Wednesday, 19 March 1930
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2873rd 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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