Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mae West: Breasts Exposed

MAE WEST will have to be pretty good to better her first big picture, "She Done Him Wrong," critics thought, but now 'tis said Mae has done it in "I'm No Angel," her latest picture, which comes to the Rialto theater today, wrote the editors of The Daily Illini on Sunday, 22 October 1933. A nice photo of the movie queen was printed with this item.
• • On Sunday, 22 October 1933 • •
• • On Sunday, 22 October 1933 The N.Y. Herald Tribune drew attention to the significance of Mae West, the hottest movie star of the year.  The editors noted Mae was "as much one of the major phenomena of 1933 as the NRA, "The Three Little Pigs," or Senator Huey Long." Wow.
• • On Tuesday, 22 October 1935 in Hollywood • •
• • Missives flew back and forth from the Hays Office about the wicked script for "Klondike Annie" and Mae West. 
• • "the breasts must never be exposed..." • •
• • On Tuesday, 22 October 1935 Will Hays emphasized this: "We wish to repeat our general caution, as set forth to you in our letter of October 19, regarding the photographing of Mae West's breasts.  We again remind you that there is a definite code provision which ordains the breasts must never be exposed, either in whole or in part — — nor should these be emphasized in the costume.  ..."
• • On Sunday, 22 October 2006 • •
• • Angus McBean photographed Mae West, Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, and numerous movie stars. His exhibition "Portraits" was held at the Porter Gallery, opening on 5 July 2006 and closing on Sunday, 22 October 2006.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywood — Maynard Homes has been assigned a role in Mae West's next picture.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I cut down on physical sex when I'm writing or plotting a play."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Columbia Daily Spectator mentioned Mae West.
• • Those waggish student editors wrote:  Mae West, we read, is to play Lady Macbeth for a series of special matinees. Shakespeare's lines, adds the press agent, will be liberally garnished with present-day colloquialisms and slang. Soon we may expect to find Shakespeare's plays on Broadway with the following stars: Hamlet — Jimmy Durante; Portia — Marie Dressler; King Lear — Harpo Marx . . .
• • Source: Humor in The Columbia Daily Spectator;  published on Monday, 19 October 1931 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,223 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3031st 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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