MAE WEST motivated her young fans to commit naughty pranks sometimes. Nevertheless, dressing in drag was still avant-garde in Kansas in 1933.
• • "Schoolboy Expelled for 'Mae West' Act" • •
• • Hiawatha, Kansas, Dec. 13 — [UP] — Billy Martin may be a Boy Scout, but he shouldn't impart a Mae West character to a lady teacher.
• • Martin was expelled from high school for dressing in female attire, proclaiming himself to be the teacher, and saying: "Why don't you come up and see me some time?"
• • Martin was reinstated a few hours later after he apologized and cited his record as a Scout of "Eagle" rank.
• • Source: Item in The Pittsburgh Press; published on Wednesday, 13 December 1933.
• • Mae West on NBC, Sunday, 12 December 1937 • •
• • Perhaps no other radio segment of The Chase and Sanborn Hour has sparked more commentary than the Sunday, December 12th, 1937 broadcast starring Mae West, the 44-year-old movie queen, who usually hid the fact that she was unable to read a script without eyeglasses.
• • The popular star of Paramount Pictures rarely appeared on radio. When she did, the sole purpose was to promote one of her films. West had guest-starred on The Shell Chateau with Al Jolson in 1936 and also Louella Parsons’ blackmailing program Hollywood Hotel on 26 April 1935, with featured guest Paul Cavanagh in an adaptation of her (then most current) screen gem: "Goin’ to Town."
• • When the producers of The Chase and Sanborn Hour offered the sex goddess the opportunity to appear on the weekly show — — then currently the highest-rated program of the year — — she accepted the invitation to boost the awareness of her latest film, "Every Day's a Holiday."
• • Mae West often wrote her own scripts and even produced her own plays, so she offered NBC the option of a sneak peek at some scenes from her new screen comedy set during the 1890s in New York City.
• • Interesting, but rarely commented on, is the fact that Mae wore a spectacular black gown framed by expensive furs and jewelry when she showed up at NBC's Hollywood headquarters on Sunday, 12 December 1937 — — an eyeful that could only be appreciated by the live studio audience.
• • As if to be extra-cautious, Mae donned eyeglasses and also wore a fancy lornette on a chain around her neck, not unlike the extra-careful gentleman who wears suspenders and a belt. Then she stepped up to the microphone and threw caution to the fates.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In 1930, Herb Howe, the Hollywood chronicler who knows every motion picture star by first name, stated that Mae West has reduced 64 pounds. [rpt in The Ogden Standard-Examiner]
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When I was 12, we left Brooklyn and moved to a house at Kew Gardens in Long Island. I've still got that house in Kew Gardens."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The N.Y. Times mentioned Mae West.
• • “She wriggled through it at the Coronet on Saturday evening, attired in some of the gaudiest finery of the century — the femme fatale of the Bowery, bowling her leading men over one by one with her classical interpretation of a story-book strumpet,” Brooks Atkinson wrote in his review that February in The Times.
• • Source: Item in The N.Y. Times; published on Thursday, 11 September 2014
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