When you think of MAE WEST and a broadcast that offended the Catholic League, et al, you're probably recalling the infamous episode of "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" during December of 1937. But you never think about the "vaudeville" radio show featuring Mae West and Adolf Hitler, do you now?
• • "Hitler and Mae West — A Broadcast Cancelled" • •
• • Melbourne, Australia, December 23 — — At the request of the Vice Consul for Germany, Dr. Koeltzoch, an imaginary conversation between Herr Hitler and Miss Mae West was not broadcast over the national network on Saturday night as had been arranged.
• • "The proposed item was a brief sketch of the type often given on the vaudeville stage," the Victorian manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Mr. T. W. Bearup, said to-day. "We did not believe anyone could take exception to it. But we cancelled it in deference to the wish of the consul."
• • Note: The radio spoof would have aired when the German dictator was still alive.
• • Source: News Item in Kalgoorlie Miner; published on Tuesday, 24 December 1935.
• • On Friday, 24 December 1999 • •
• • A theatre review of a New York City revival of the play "Sex" by Mae West ran in The New York Times on Friday, 24 December 1999 under this title: "Mae West's First Play (for the Stage, That Is)" and the drama critic seemed satisfied. D.J. R. Bruckner was the byline.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West burst onto the Hollywood screen like it was hers the whole time.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I walk with men, dearie, not dogs."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Associated Press discussed the NBC ban on Mae West.
• • "NBC Bans the Name of Mae West from the Airwaves" • •
• • "Joking References to Adam-Eve Skit are Barred" • •
• • New York, Dec. 23. [AP] Word went out from the National Broadcasting Company today to keep the name of Mae West out of all programs over which it has control. Issued privately to 16 stations, in 12 cities, the order was designed to forestall any joking references that might be made to the widely discussed Adam and Eve sketch broadcast from Hollywood on December 12th. Although not made public, it was understood the inter-station communique said in effect: Please watch scripts for any mention of Mae West's name and keep it out. . . .
• • Source: Associated Press coverage rpt in The Daily Illini, published on Friday, 24 December 1937
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