Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mae West: Formal Condemnation

MAE WEST was formally "condemned" by the FCC. This re-post is a short excerpt from a lengthy, very depressing article printed on January  15th. Notice the man who wrote the skit was not clucked at by the FCC's barnyard rooster. Tsk tsk. How did Mae feel about this?
• • "FCC Formally Assails Mae West's Skit" • •
• • WASHINGTON, January 14. [UP] Mae West's recent Adam and Eve radio skit on "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" drew a formal condemnation today from the federal communications commission in Washington, D.C. 
• • The commission said the feature by Miss West and Don Ameche, and the dialogue between the actress and Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen's dummy, were far below even the minimum standards which should control in the selection and production of broadcast programs.  ..
• • United Press coverage rpt in The Daily Illini; published on Saturday, 15 January 1938.
• • On Saturday, 15 January 1938 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Anyone passing a newsboy in New York City on Saturday morning on 15 January 1938 could see this page one headline on a New York Times: "Mae West Script Brings Sharp Rebuke from FCC." Of course, it was Arch Obler who penned the skit for NBC. Mae West only read it for the radio with her sultry overtones and was instantly demonized by the Roman Catholic organizations. The censors pressed in on her, tighter and more uncomfortable than her metal corset stays.
• • On Sunday, 15 January 2012 in Australia • •
• • The 24th Midsumma festival will run from Sunday 15 January to Sunday 5 February, 2012.
• • "COURTING MAE WEST: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets" will be presented on Saturday, 28 January 2012 in Melbourne, Australia as part of the city's 24th Midsumma Festival. Based on true events during the Prohibition Era, LindaAnn Loschiavo's serious-minded comedy will be seen at this centrally located theatre: Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran Melbourne, Australia.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Emanuel Cohen, head of Major Pictures, has packed up his bags at Paramount. The new studio boss there is Ernst Lubitsch.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "They kept begging me and telling me they had a contract with me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Variety mentioned Mae West.
• • According to Variety, Mae West had been warned that she must strictly follow orders and that Paramount's production chief would not tolerate any challenges or deviations.  ...
• • Source: Item in Variety; published on Wednesday, 15 January 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 3093rd 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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