In 1937, when MAE WEST was still attached to Paramount Pictures, movie-making was disrupted by a walk-out of the support staff. However, the San Bernardino Sun quickly assured film-goers and fans that "screen stars were not being molested."
• • The Sun wrote: Women were ordered to remain away from the picket lines patrolling Hollywood movie studios today as the atmosphere grew more tense in the walk-out of film craftsmen and laborers. One minor disturbance occurred. Police denied reports of a more serious clash between workers and pickets.
• • The Sun continued: At Paramount Pictures studio, home "lot" for Mae West, Gary Cooper, Claudette Colbert, and others, a picket aimed his small camera at a scenic artist as he was passing through the line. The worker knocked it out of his hands. Angry groups gathered instantly about both men, but police dispersed them.
• • "Stars Not Molested" • •
• • The Sun stated: Universal City police, on duty at Universal studios, denied that strikers and non-strikers clashed there. In no case was any star molested. ...
• • Movie colony sentiment was unanimous today that if the stars, through the powerful Screen Actors' Guild, agree to support the strike, it will come to a quick end. ...
• • Note: "Every Day's a Holiday" was released at the end of that year — — on Saturday, 18 December 1937.
• • Source: San Bernardino Sun; published on Wednesday, 5 May 1937.
• • On Saturday, 5 May 1928 in The New Yorker • •
• • When John Huston [1906 — 1987] watched Mae West in the 1928 stage production of "Diamond Lil," the 22-year-old son of actor Walter Huston could not stop thinking about it. John saved his copy of The New Yorker [issue dated for 5 May 1928] because he especially admired the illustration of a corseted, glittering, winsome Mae by the Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias. Soon after, the men collaborated on Huston's fascinating book "Frankie and Johnny."
• • On Saturday, 5 May 1934 • •
• • "Mae West Arrives" was the headline on page 11 in Queensland's Morning Bulletin on Saturday, 5 May 1934. A host of compliments ran, like a elegant train, behind her.
• • Morning Bulletin wrote: Mae West makes you greedy. When you see "She Done Him Wrong" you want more and more of Mae. She is like the most thrilling serial story in the world. ...
• • On Saturday, 5 May 1934 in Iowa • •
• • The Mason City Globe-Gazette (Iowa) readers saw this enticing headline on Saturday, 5 May 1934: "Mae West says: 'Hail to all Mason City!'"
• • "I'm coming Back to Show at a Local Theater in My First Starring Picture." 3 BIG DAYS — — TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY "Come up and see me sometime! Hear me sing "Frankie and Johnny" and other songs. See me strut my stuff. ...
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Mae West Film Big in L.A." • •
• • West Coast Bureau of The Film Daily Los Angeles — Mae West in "Goin' to Town" established an opening day record at the Paramount. First day's receipts exceeded the previous record by $100.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "So the men rule the world and the women rule the men — — though they don't know it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article by Roger Ebert discussed Mae West and the gay film producer Ross Hunter [6 May 1920 — 10 March 1996].
• • Roger Ebert wrote: Norman Jewison, who directed "In the Heat of the Night," tells of a time he was working on a Doris Day picture and the producer, Ross Hunter, decided they ought to recruit Mae West for a role. They visited her apartment and, after a sufficient interval, she appeared.
• • Roger Ebert continued: "I know who you are," she told Ross Hunter, "but who's this? The director? Doesn't look old enough to be a director." She looked him up and down, speculatively. "Doesn't even look old enough to be a paperboy . . ." . . .
• • Source: "Mae West Stories" written by Roger Ebert; published on Sunday, 5 October 1969
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