You might say that MAE WEST was getting a bath in red ink. Oh, dear. Let's retrace these steps surrounding the police raid of Mae's homosexual stage play "Pleasure Man" at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway in New York City.
• • "POLICE STOP MATINEE of MAE WEST'S NEW PLAY" • •
• • New York, Oct. 3 — [A.P.] — A matinee performance of Mae West's play, "The Pleasure Man," was halted during the first scene of the third act this afternoon by Police Lieutenant James Coy, who walked on the stage and told the audience that he was placing the cast under arrest.
• • Miss West and her actors had also been arrested after Monday night's opening of the play, charged with staging an indecent performance.
• • Source: News Item rpt in The Cornell Daily Sun; published on Thursday, 4 October 1928.
• • On Wednesday, 3 October 1928 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • COURT STAYS POLICE on MAE WEST PLAY; Writ Bars Interference Until Friday and 'Pleasure Man' Is Performed to Full House. CASES OF 56 UP TOMORROW; Cast Pleads Not Guilty and Bail Is Continued — — Walker Revealed as Instigator of Raid. Seeks Conference With Warren. Arrests May Still Be Made. Author Appears Concerned.
• • Coverage in The New York Times on Wednesday, 3 October 1928, page 33.
• • On Wednesday, 3 October 1928 • •
• • It was on Wednesday, 3 October 1928 when Mae West appeared in court to answer charges that she had written and produced another "immoral" play. Wire services sent out her photograph, explaining that the entire cast had been arrested after one opening performance.
• • The infamous raid at the Biltmore Theatre begins Act 2, Scene 1 of the serious-minded comedy "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets."
• • On Tuesday, 3 October 1933 in Variety • •
• • Variety ran with all sorts of coverage about "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West. For instance, their article "Downtown Frisco Will Milk Next Mae West Opus; Nabes Can Squawk" was published on page 11 in Variety's issue dated for Tuesday, 3 October 1933.
• • On Thursday, 3 October 1957 • •
• • On Thursday, 3 October 1957, Charles Olson [1910 — 1970] wrote a poem with the title "Obit." In line 50 the poet refers to actress "May West" (i.e., Mae West). These verses, not published during his lifetime, finally appeared in a book in 1997.
• • Starting on 3 October 2005 • •
• • The National Film Theatre in London, England held a complete retrospective of the films of Mae West from 3 October 2005 — on.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Elizabeth Patterson, on loan-out from Paramount, has joined the cast of Mae West's current starring picture, under production at Major Pictures Corp., where Emanuel Cohen is producing for Paramount. Another signed by Cohen is Lyle Talbot, given a featured lead. Henry Hathaway is directing the West production, with a cast which also includes Warren William, Alice Brady, Randolph Scott, Isabel Jewell, Margaret Perry and others.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Women can make men do anything they wish them to do, if they're clever — — and they needn't be gold-diggers, either."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Ralph Wilk wrote: Hollywood — Signing of Boris Petrov, formerly with Paramount and associated with the Mae West productions, to make a series of musical features for Grand National was announced yesterday by Edward L. Alperson, president. Boris Petrov has two stories already set. The first to start will be . . .
• • Source: Item in West Coast Bureau of The Film Daily; published on Wednesday, 22 July 1936
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