Thursday, January 01, 2015

Mae West: Lehn and Fink

On January 1st, the headline read "MAE WEST's Manager Held for Indecent Show." Let's go see.
• • LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31 [AP] Mae West's manager, corpulent James A. Timony, pleaded innocent today to a charge of conducting an indecent show, and indignantly protested that the police didn't understand.
• • Trial was set for Jan. 16 for Timony and his 14 actors and actresses, arraigned with him. They were arrested last night after a performance of "Ladies by Request."
• • There isn't a dirty line in my whole show," said Timony.  The police probably didn't understand and put the wrong interpretation on it.  We will reopen tonight and get an injunction if the police try to stop us.
• • Associated Press coverage rpt in the Daily Illini (Illinois); published on Wednesday, 1 January 1936.
• • On Sunday, 1 January 1933 • •
• • Bootlegger and speakeasy owner Larry Fay met his death inside the Napoleon Club, 33 West 56th Street, New York, NY on Sunday, 1 January 1933. Mae West and George Raft both knew Larry Fay, who was the business partner of the night club czarina Texas Guinan.
• • Filmed in Hollywood, the reformed gangster rom-com "Night after Night" was set in the once grand townhouse that Larry Fay turned into a deluxe speakeasy.
• • On Monday, 1 January 1934 • •
• • An article with the headline "Lehn and Fink to Start Series without Mae West" was published in Broadcasting on Monday,  1 January 1934. Who's Lehn? Who's Fink? This headline was referring to a popular radio broadcast — — the Lehn and Fink Hall of Fame program.
• • On Sunday, 1 January 1967 in The Washington Post • •
• • Newspaper readers in D.C. got a brief respite from hearing about the antics of President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sunday morning, 1 January 1967 when the Washington Post printed an article by Kevin Thomas: "Mae West, Like Rock 'n' Roll Music, Is Still Deeply Rooted in Ragtime."
• • On Sunday, 1 January 1978 • •
• • A review of the motion picture "Sextette," starring Mae West, was printed in Variety, the issue dated for Sunday, 1 January 1978.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Shirley Temple is the biggest box office draw since Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "And the police said to me, 'These guys is fairies'."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Herald mentioned Mae West and Lehn and Fink.
• • "Stars on Air" • •
• • Acting on innumerable exhibitor protests, and seen as presaging a concerted drive by all major studios, Paramount and MGM have induced Mae West, Charles Ruggles, and Mary Boland to cancel radio engagements on the Lehn and Fink Hall of Fame program.
• • MGM likewise refused Lionel Barrymore permission to appear on a Campbell program.
• • Source: Item in Motion Picture Herald;  published on Saturday, 30 June 1934 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
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