Friday, January 15, 2016

Mae West: Buxome Belle

On Friday, 14 January 1938, MAE WEST fans in Indiana who read The Jewish Post were greeted with this frisky news as they planned their weekend fun.
• • Entertainments • •
• • Indiana Theatre — Mae West returns to a role similar to the one in which she won international fame, in her new comedy, “Every Day’s a Holiday,” an original story by her. La West is a buxome belle of the nineties with an accent on the wisecracks. Charles Butterworth is in the big supporting cast. Usual shorts and Paramount news.
• • Item in The Jewish Post, Indianapolis, Marion County; published on Friday, 14 January 1938.
• • On Saturday, 15 January 1938 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Anyone passing a newsboy in New York City on Saturday morning on 15 January 1938 could see this page one headline on a New York Times: "Mae West Script Brings Sharp Rebuke from FCC." Of course, it was Arch Obler who penned the skit for NBC. Mae West only read it for the radio with her sultry overtones and was instantly demonized by the Roman Catholic organizations. The censors pressed in on her, tighter and more uncomfortable than her metal corset stays.
• • On Sunday, 15 January 2012 in Australia • •
• • The 24th Midsumma festival ran from Sunday 15 January to Sunday 5 February, 2012.
• • "COURTING MAE WEST: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets" was presented on Saturday, 28 January 2012 in Melbourne, Australia as part of the city's 24th Midsumma Festival. Based on true events during the Prohibition Era, LindaAnn Loschiavo's serious-minded comedy was seen at this centrally located theatre: Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran Melbourne, Australia.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West eyed a man from head to foot. All the time you knew she was evaluating him in terms of virility, as James Cagney eyed a woman.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "A noted sculptor is doing my figure in marble, and says I'd have made a perfect stand-in for Venus. Flattering, of course. But maybe not. That dame was cold, and didn't have any arms."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Illinois college paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "FCC Formally Assails Mae West's Skit" • •
• • WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 — [U.P.] — Mae West's recent Adam and Eve radio skit drew formal condemnation today from the federal communications commission.
• • United Press continued:  The commission said the feature by Miss West and Don Ameche, and the dialogue between the actress and Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen's dummy, "were far below even the minimum standards which should control in the selection and production of broadcast programs . . . "
• • Source: Syndicated article by U.P. rpt in Daily Illini; published on Saturday, 15 January 1938
• • 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 3,300 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3356th 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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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:23 PM

    not for the squeamish, here's Mae in her coffin along with death certificate and plenty of fascinating stuff about her: