Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mae West: Blatant Indecency

MAE WEST was on top of page 2, bowing to her East Coast fans in Ithaca, New York on November 11th. Her circus girl character Tira was sketched, photographed, gilded on drinking glasses, and emblazoned on souvenir items.
• • The newspaper wrote: Just a sensitive girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong!  Continuous showings every day for this picture — — nothing else matters!  Here's Mae West in her new motion picture "I'm No Angel." Hear her sing "I'm No Angel," "I Found a New Way to Go to Town," "I Want You— l Need You." Our Feature Presentation.  ...
• • Source: The Cornell Daily Sun;  published on Saturday, 11 November 1933.
• • On Tuesday, 11 November 1913 • •
• • Mae West's vaudeville routine was noticed by an entertainment critic for the Philadelphia Times, where some quotes appeared on Tuesday, 11 November 1913.
• • On Friday, 11 November 1932 • •
• • Behind the scenes, a tug-of-war went on in Tinseltown. On one hand, Will Hays argued that Mae West would bring blatant indecency to the silver screen. On the other hand, studio executives sensed there was money to be made.  Fortunately,  two men obligated to enforce the code — — Jason Joy, who was head of the Committee until 1932, and his successor Dr. James Wingate — — were fairly ineffective.  Nevertheless, the letters flew.
• • On Friday, 11 November 1932, James Wingate wrote a warning to Mr. McKenzie: "The basic story of Ruby Red is Diamond Lil." Moreover, "If the picture went through this way it would be recognized as the old story and looked upon as a subterfuge and a violation of the agreement ..." 
• • On Monday, 11 November 1996 • •
• • An article by Claudia Roth Pierpont — — "The Strong Woman: What Was Mae West Really Fighting For?" — — was printed (page 105) in The New Yorker's issue dated for Monday, 11 November 1996.
• • On Sunday, 11 November 2012 • •
• • In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice (that is, a truce) between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. Then in the USA in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the 11th of November as Armistice Day to honor the heroism of military personnel from the United States who gave their lives for their country.
• • On 13 May 1938, an Act of Congress was approved making November 11th a legal holiday known as Armistice Day or Veterans Day.
• • During the second World War, Americans were asked to join together to fight Hitler and stem the tide of Nazism. During this conflict, a flotation device was named for Hollywood star Mae West. New York City holds a parade today on Fifth Avenue for our veterans. Many will be watching.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • By the way, Mae West is now working on her new contract by the terms of which she gets $100,000 a picture. They also say that the curvaceous one also gets about half that amount again for providing her own story and, be it known, Mae won't stand for anybody's writing stories for her pictures but Mae.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "How do I know so much about men? Baby, I went to night school."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • In Britain, The Observer mentioned Mae West.
• • Reporter Barbara Ellen wrote: The second, a Wondercup (or Wonderjock), which is essentially a Wonderbra version of men's underpants. Now you'll have to excuse me a moment while I have a little weep.  (I simply cannot bear to think of men like this — — some of us still have to sleep with them, after all.)  Presumably the Wondercup was designed for those Mae West moments when the cry goes up, 'Was the water cold, or are you just displeased to see me?' ...
• • Source: Article "Hello, Boys!" in The Observer; published on Saturday, 11 November 2006
• • 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 3045th 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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