Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mae West: Filthy, Indecent

Elected officials also ganged up on MAE WEST over the Adam and Eve radio skit aired on NBC when she was trying to promote her latest film.
• • "Files Protest Against Mae West Skit" • •
• • Washington, Dec. 17. [AP] Representative O'Toole (D. N.Y.) filed a protest today with the communications commission against what he described as a filthy and indecent radio program in which Mae West was featured as the guest star last Sunday night.
• • In a letter to T. J. Slowie, secretary of the commission, O'Toole said, "It is my intention to force congressional action on this matter."
• • He continued, "The radio, entering, as it does into the homes of millions of our citizens, must at all costs give clean, decent, and high-class entertainment."
• • The skit about which O'Toole complained was based on the Biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
• • Source:  Article by Associated Press rpt in The Daily Illini; published on Saturday, 18 December 1937. 
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 • •
• • "Every Day's a Holiday," a Gay Nineties motion picture comedy film starring and co-written by Mae West, was released in the USA in December — — on Saturday, 18 December 1937.
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 • •
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 some industry people surely noticed an article about Mae West on page 27 in Motion Picture Herald:   "Mae West Burlesques the Bible on the Air for Coffee Merchants."
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1993 • •
• • On Wednesday, 29 September 1971 Mae West had written a letter to comedian Groucho Marx.  Mae wrote (in part), "I've always been crazy about your crazy comedy. I remember how I howled watching your rushes in the projection room at Paramount, when I was there too, waiting to watch my own. ... I have to tell you you're the greatest of all the funny men ... whenever you're in L.A. come up and see me."
• • Price realized for this rare letter by Christie's auction bidding in NYC on Saturday, 18 December 1993 was $2,530.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Harold Hecht, dance director of the stage and screen, has been signed by Paramount to stage the dances for Mae West's starring picture, "Ruby Red."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When they didn't have a kid part for me, I did an olio number in front of the curtain. I was getting experience."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Spectator mentioned Mae West.
• • Reviewing a few current films, Graham Greene wrote: In their eyes, I am afraid, it is Miss Mae West who wins.  . . .
• • Source: Review in The Spectator; published on Friday, 18 December 1936
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. Yesterday we entertained 1,430 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3073rd 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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• • Mae West making news in December 1937

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