Friday, June 27, 2014

Mae West: Banned Again

MAE WEST was on page 2 of several major newspapers on June 27th.
• • "Mae West Is Banned Again" • •
• • BOB THOMAS, AP Movie-Television Writer
• • HOLLYWOOD (AP) — — It give Mae West kind of a warm feeling being banned again. "Just like old times," said Mae, her still-remarkable chassis rotating in the familiar Westian manner. She had received word that her new record, "Am I Too Young?" had been banned by a San Francisco radio station. It was another demented badge to add to her long list.
• • The list extends from being pinched for her New York play "Sex" to having her "Person to Person" segment dropped by CBS because her mirrored bedroom and nude portraits were deemed too racy for the home screen.
• • I dropped out to Mae's seaside home at Santa Monica to learn about these and other matters. As usual, she was in the pink negligee and surrounded by portraits of herself with and without "costuming."
• • "Very interesting," she commented on the record ban. "I guess they thought it was a little too suggestive. Some people can't understand humor."
• • Her plan was to get her career going again, what with the record and forthcoming album, "Peel Me a Grape." She might deliver the new songs in the flesh, so to speak, on a night club. tour.  Also cooking: a possible picture in Rome, an animated (what else) television series called "Little Mae, the Wickedest Woman in the World."
• • Mae had some observations about the current Hollywood situation, in which stars are accused of sabotaging the film industry by their high demands and low work habits.  "I think the answer might be to give these stars a percentage of the profits rather than big salaries," she observed. "Then these movie studios can make the pictures more reasonably and the stars might behave  better, knowing the added cost would cut into their own profits."
• • "Personally, I never had any problems," Mae told me. "I was always on time and tried to save money.  I learned that early because my mother put up the money for my first shows." The screen siren added, "I never got a percentage of the profits on my pictures because Paramount was then in bankruptcy litigation and couldn't give it to me.  But I got the Studio out of trouble."  . . .
• • Bob Thomas wrote a syndicated column. It was rpt in The Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland); published on Wednesday, 27 June 1962. 
• • On Wednesday, 27 June 1928 • •
• • Critic Stark Young wrote an article called "Diamond Lil" for the New Republic. It was published on Wednesday, 27 June 1928.
• • On Sunday, 27 June 1943 • •
• • Philip K. Scheuer wrote an article "Town Called Hollywood: Mae West to Dance in Next."
His lengthy newspaper feature was published in The Los Angeles Times on  Sunday, 27 June 1943.
• • On Sunday, 27 June 1954 • •
• • On Sunday night, 27 June 1954, Mae West delighted the Las Vegas club goers — —  and the female patrons stormed the stage — — when the bodybuilders in "The Mae West Revue" filed into the Sahara's Congo Room.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In case you don't savvy the term, the "finger man" of a mob is the fellow who points out the victim and the location to nab him. Mae West, Betty Compson, and one of the many Marxes are only a few of those who are reputed to have had the "finger" put on them at various times.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The time to worry is when they stop talking about you."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Brooklyn Daily Eagle mentioned Mae West.
• • "'Sinner' Hits 50 Mark" • •
• • The 50th performance of Mae West in "The Constant Sinner," was given last night at the Royale Theater. No member of the cast has missed a single performance since the play opened.    . . .
• • Source: Item in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle; published on Thursday, 29 October 1931  
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2945th 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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1 comment:

  1. Times certainly have changed. After the original release of Mae West's first few films, the Hollywood Code came into play and they were never seen publicly again. When film censorship relaxed enough in the mid sixties, and they were screened at film festivals and on television cult film marathons.

    TCM is celebrating the original sultry and bawdy West sense of humour on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014, starting with "I'm No Angel," "She Done Him Wrong," "Belle of the Nineties," "My Little Chickadee," and "The Heat's On."

    With SO much heat being generated, I hope my television doesn't overheat!