MAE WEST had a strong opponent in Cardinal Mundelein of Chicago, who died in October 1939. Let's go back in time.
• • George Mundelein [2 July 1872 — 2 October 1939] • •
• • Born in New York's borough of Manhattan on Tuesday, 2 July 1872, George William Mundelein grew up to become a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Chicago from 1915 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1924.
• • Cardinal Mundelein died in Mundelein, Illinois on Monday, 2 October 1939.
• • George William Mundelein: meet Hollywood movie star Mae West.
• • The NYC office of Motion Picture Daily published this article on Saturday, 22 September 1934.
• • "Church Ready To Relax Its Films Drive" • •
• • "Cardinal Says Industry Has Chance to Act" • •
• • Rome, Sept. 21. — Readiness to suspend the drive against objectionable films was expressed here today by Cardinal Mundelein of Chicago so that the industry may be given a chance to prove what it can do to improve the moral tone of the screen.
• • The following statement was issued by the prelate:
• • We do not like the Mae West type • •
• • "We are willing to suspend the campaign now to see what the movie producers will make of themselves. We are going to give the movie producers a chance to see what they can do. We do not want to put the movies out of business. But we are not taking any chances. We are going to remain organized. In my diocese we have 650,000 signatures of adults without asking promises from the youths.
• • The prelate continued: "We do not ask the movie producers to bring out the 'Pollyanna' type of films. The kind of film which Will Rogers, Janet Gaynor and Victor Moore appear in is what we have in mind. We do not like the Mae West type.
• • "Let there be a real story, provided it is decent." . . .
• • Motion Picture Daily; published on Saturday, 22 September 1934.
• • On Friday, 20 October 1933 • •
• • The Wyoming readers of the Natrona County daily newspaper saw a startling image — — on the movies page — — in the Friday, 20 October 1933 issue of the Tribune-Herald. Mae West was inviting her public to "come up and see me."
• • Printed on page 4 was the movie star Mae West, cupping her hands under her breasts in a motion picture advertisement for Paramount Pictures. Hubba-hubba!
• • On Saturday, 20 October 1934 in Popular Song Hits • •
• • Popular Song Hits Magazine featured Mae West on the cover of issue number 6 dated for Saturday, 20 October 1934. What a spectacular gown on Mae adorning the black and white front page. Weekend whoopee.
• • On Monday, 20 October 1947 • •
• • It was on Monday, 20 October 1947 that Mae West was photographed at Euston Station en route to Manchester to present "Diamond Lil" onstage. Some of her elaborate stage gowns were trimmed with Battenberg lace.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The Palace had a strong, ten-year run hosting shows by Houdini, Mae West, and many other performers. But it too was placed on the back burner when RKO opened the 2,500-seat Riverside Theater on Plankinton and Wisconsin Avenues in April of 1928.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A book author had more freedom of expression than the stage permitted at that time."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Motion Picture Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Belle of the Nineties" is now in its second week at the Denham.
• • The latest Mae West motion picture holds the house record at the Denham for money, close to $16,500, but her previous film, "I'm No Angel," still holds the house record for number of patrons.
• • Ticket prices were boosted recently from 15c, 25c, 35c, to 25c, 35c and 50c . . .
• • Source: Item in Motion Picture Daily; published on Thursday, 27 September 1934
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