Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Mae West: Prohibitionist

MAE WEST played the role of Gus Jordan's lady love in "She Done Him Wrong" and the 5-cents-beer era was two decades before the Volstead Act turned America dry. Nevertheless, prohibitionist Billy Sunday must have sensed there was a good photo opp there at Paramount Pictures.
• • "Billy Sunday Meets Mae West" • •
• • Mr. Billy Sunday and Mrs. Sunday went to Los Angeles, California.  In one photograph, taken on the set (Gus Jordan's Bowery 1890s-era saloon), Billy is shown with one foot upon a beer keg, laying down the law before a gathering of screen players at one of the movie studios.
• • For the first time in his 72 years, Billy Sunday, noted evangelist and ardent prohibitionist, visits a motion picture studio in Hollywood — — and whom should he run into? Mae West!
• • Source: Item in Urbana Daily Courier;  published on Friday, 2 December 1932.   
• • Image Source:  Sarasota Herald-Tribune; published on Monday, 5 December 1932.   
• • On Thursday, 2 December 1943 • •
• • Critic Guy Savage wrote: "The Heat’s On" (a.k.a. "Tropicana") is a sly knock at censorship and how it affects the entertainment industry. Broadway legend Fay Lawrence (Mae West) is in "Indiscretions" — — a show destined to flop — — until producer Tony Ferris (William Gaxton) gets the bright idea to rustle up free publicity on an indecency issue. ...
• • On Saturday, 2 December 1989 • •
• • "Mae West, Wilt, and the King" was written by Ira Berkow, who had interviewed Charles Miron. This article appeared in The N.Y. Times on Saturday, 2 December 1989.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • NBC Radio has banned the mention of Mae West's name on all of its stations.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "At school I found out that boys were the best playmates." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New York Times mentioned Mae West.
• • Movie Review: "The Heat's On," with Mae West, seen at Loew's State, was critiqued by man-on-the-aisle Bosley Crowther . . .
• • Source: Reviewed for The N.Y. Times; published on Friday, 26 November 1943 
• • 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.
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