A very careless fellow tried to write a lengthy article on MAE WEST for NewsMax, however, he made so many silly errors that must be corrected lest folks starting believing the nonsense he posted, for example, he incorrectly stated that Mae starred in "The Drag." Yes, sheer stupidness like that! This post continues where Friday's top story left off.
• • "Mae West on Stage: How Her Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen" [Part 2] • •
• • Byline: Mark S. Baker • •
• • 'Drag's' a Drag • •
• • Mark S. Baker wrote: Despite her initial experience, West remained undaunted by her incarceration. Her next outing was "Drag," in which she starred in [sic], plus wrote and directed. Dealing with another taboo subject — — homosexuality — — West took her show outside of the confines of New York City, performing in both Connecticut and New Jersey.
• • Fifth paragraph error: "The Drag" was written to focus on gay life and drag queens. The play had very few performances because the local police shut it down. Mae West neither starred in "The Drag" nor directed it. Jeez. Carelessness or stupidity? You decide.
• • Mark S. Baker wrote: According to Biography, West made plans to bring the show to New York, but was faced with a ban imposed by the Society for the Prevention of Vice, which dedicated itself to overseeing the public's morality. West ultimately dropped plans to bring the show to Broadway.
• • Sixth paragraph error: City Hall was after Mae West. There were no elected officials in any "society" who had the legal ability to ban a stage play.
• • 'Diamond Lil' • •
• • Mark S. Baker wrote: West continued writing and starring in plays during the next few years, including productions of "The Wicked Age," "Pleasure Man," and "The Constant Sinner." It was also during this time that West created one of her most enduring works, "Diamond Lil."
• • Seventh paragraph error: Mae West never starred in "Pleasure Man" — — nor did she intend to play any role in that drama, staged at the Biltmore Theatre.
• • Mark S. Baker wrote: This production, which West also wrote and played the lead role, made her into a full-fledged Broadway star. She played a fallen woman living during the Gay Nineties who does what she can to get herself away from the unscrupulous characters in her life.
• • Eighth paragraph error: Diamond Lil goes out of her way to seduce Rita's companion, the shady South American sex trafficker Pablo Juarez. They have intercourse in Frances's apartment on Elizabeth Street. Later Pablo gives Lil a diamond brooch, which she accepts. That hardly counts as getting herself away from an unscrupulous character.
• • Mark S. Baker wrote: Although too controversial as written for the big screen, the plot and subject matter was toned down and became "She Done Him Wrong," her second film and a monstrous hit for Paramount Pictures. After her film career went on hiatus, West revisited "Diamond Lil" several times, starring in three separate revivals of the plays in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
• • Ninth paragraph error: Mae West revived "Diamond Lil" more than three times. She did several regional tours and also brought her show to the United Kingdom.
• • This has been Part 2. Part 1 (with more of Mr. Baker's errors and our patient corrections) appeared on Friday.
• • Source: error-riddled article written by Mark S. Baker for Newsmax.com; posted on Thursday, 14 May 2015.
• • On Saturday, 1 June 1935 in Singapore • •
• • An item on page 7 of The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, on Saturday, 1 June 1935, announced: "The screen's most glamourous personality! Mae West — — see her in her captivating role. At the Capitol, three shows today of "Belle of the Nineties" — Paramount's new musical romance.
• • This announcement was printed next to a large photo of Mae West in costume (not the picture shown here).
• • Mae's petite figure and her tiny waist are sensational. Wow! She looks terrific here in 1934.
• • On Sunday, 1 June 1997 • •
• • The paperback edition of "Becoming Mae West" written by Emily Wortis Leider was published on Sunday, 1 June 1997; Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.
• • This title is an essential item for your Mae West bookshelf. The California author did an excellent job and earned high acclaim from the critics.
• • On Tuesday, 1 June 1999 • •
• • In VHS format, the 60-minute TV movie "Intimate Portrait: Mae West"  was released on Tuesday, 1 June 1999.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is the only person I ever saw who could decline to answer a question without loss of poise or some defensive bristling.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Billboard mentioned a musician who used to work with Mae West.
• • Marriages: Gallus—Andrews — Johnny Gallus, novelty musician, formerly with Rudy Vallee and Mae West and now in niteries, to Pauline Andrews, non-pro, in Newport, KY, June 25.
• • Source: Item in Billboard; issue dated for Saturday, 5 July 1947
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •
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