MAE WEST was no longer trying to divorce Frank Wallace by 1941. Now she was trying to keep her ex from demanding money. This was at a time when her movie career was over, too. Let's see how it unfolded in court.
• • "Ex-Husband Loses Mae West Suit — Monthly Maintenance Denied Wallace" • •
• • SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept. 23 [U.P.] — — Frank Wallace lost his $ 1,000 a month temporary separate maintenance suit against Mae West today in a ruling that questioned his good faith in bringing the action against his actress-wife.
• • There is nothing in this case that would convince the court that the plaintiff is not motivated by profit in filing this action, said Superior Judge Charles L. Allison.
• • Judge Allison said Wallace married Miss West in 1911, separated from her one month later, and then married Raye Blakesly, with whom he lived for 19 years. In all that time, the Judge asserted, Wallace never tried to find out if Miss West had obtained a divorce.
• • Miss West testified earlier in the day, after her attorneys had contended she was in such financial straits that she had to borrow insurance money for her living expenses.
• • Source: Article in Daily Illini; published on Wednesday, 24 September 1941.
• • Starting on Monday, 24 September 1928 • •
• • "Pleasure Man" written by Mae West was shown at the Bronx Opera House from 17 September until 22 September 1928. Then the play moved to the Boulevard Theatre in Queens for a single week starting on Monday, 24 September 1928. Then Mae's provocative piece opened at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway on 1 October 1928, at which point the police padlocked it, despite its heavy advance sale.
• • The stage play "Courting Mae West" dramatizes the police raid and the aftermath.
• • On Monday, 24 September 1934 • •
• • After a long battle with the Hays Office, "Belle of the Nineties" won its approval. Despite that, several state censor boards deemed certain portions of the motion picture objectionable. They went on to take the scissors to some of Mae West's songs and snipped bits of dialogue, reported the Boston Herald in their issue dated for Monday, 24 September 1934. Sigh.
• • On Tuesday, 24 September 1946 • •
• • Playing a sultry, irresistible detective, Mae West took the starring role of clever Carliss Dale in the stage play "Come On Up (Ring Twice)," which toured during 1946 in California and elsewhere. This comedy was written by Miles Mander, Fred Schiller, and Thomas Dunphy.
• • A local drama critic had written a review: "Come on up to Suite B-3, Bellflower Apartments, and ask for Carliss." This was published on Tuesday, 24 September 1946.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • A publisher was handing Mae West another royalty check. He is said to have sold nearly 1,000,000 copies of her book "She Done Him Wrong."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Jimmy Cagney is the only one in Hollywood that's got anything like my style. Animal personality. Gives them the rough stuff right out like I do."
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• • A book on World War 2 mentioned Mae West.
• • Freddy Liebreich wrote: HQ 6th Airborne Division issued the additional codeword 'Mae West', . . .
• • Source: Cited in "Britain's Naval and Political Reaction to the Illegal Immigration of Jews to Palestine, 1945-1949"; published on 7 October 2004
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