Friday, October 02, 2015

Mae West: Revolting Innuendo

In October 1928 the purity police joined forces to beat up MAE WEST.
• • On Tuesday, 2 October 1928, readers of The New York Evening Post saw this coverage.
• • "The New Play" • •
• • Critic Robert Little wrote:  Nearly half of the performers are cast in the roles of what, for lack of a more printable term, may be called "female impersonators." One scene shows them in women's clothes, dressing, and undressing. The final act shows us a "drag," or party given by one of this kind for the other of this kind, and when I add that the dialogue throughout is full of revolting innuendo of perversion I have said enough." . . .
• • The Little man-on-the-aisle was not the only theatre reviewer to cast aspersion on Mae's latest theatrical premiere at the Biltmore Theatre.
• • On Wednesday, 3 October 1928, New York World offered these headlines:  “Mae West Defies Police, Continues to Present Play.”  But rather quickly the houselights were doused. 
• • On Monday, 2 October 1922 • •
• • Citing the Billboard Index, author Jon Tuska said Mae appeared in "Playmates" on the Mutual Circuit [week of 2 October 1922].  "Playmates" was a burlesque show.
• • On Tuesday, 2 October 1928 • •
• • Producer Carl Reed and lawyer James Timony secured an injunction. "The Pleasure Man" was able to give a second performance on Tuesday, 2 October 1928, then the police padlocked the show for good.
• • Outraged that a woman would write a play about homosexuals in love, the Evening Post ran this headline "They Don't Come Any Dirtier" on Tuesday, 2 October 1928.
• • Headlines about Mae West's troubles ran in The N.Y. Times on Tuesday, 2 October 1928 on the front page.
• • "Mae West Defies Cops" read the cover of the Evening Graphic on 2 October 1928.
• • Legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era. Watch a scene on YouTube. Producers and actors may inquire by posting a message for the playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo.
• • On Monday, 2 October 1944 • •
• • "Catherine Was Great" was written by Mae West.  Her play premiered at the Shubert Theatre on 2 August 1944 and ran until 30 September 1944. On Monday, 2 October 1944, the show transferred to Mae's lucky spot, the Royale Theatre, where it remained until after the Christmas holidays [closing on 13 January 1945].
• • On Thursday, 2 October 1980 • •
• • Hollywood [AP] — — Actress Mae West, 87, who reportedly has suffered a stroke, is now out of the intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital, a hospital woman says. "She is out of danger now and has been transferred to a room on a medical floor," spokeswoman Paula Lee said.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West went into her seclusion sometime yesterday just before her unexpected answer to Frank Wallace's lawsuit was filed.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "My play 'Sex' was a work of art."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Screenland Magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Well, East and West have met, despite Kipling.  Mae West and her sister, Beverly,have opened a Chinese chow mein factory in Los Angeles.  Of course, Beverly will actually operate the factory, but Mae's money is invested. Mae has purchased ten pure white delivery cars, and sends fine Chinese dinners on order to private homes.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Screenland; published in the issue dated for August 1933
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3280th 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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