Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mae West: Rumored Plan

MAE WEST inspired an editorial in a California campus paper. And the scribe actually came down on the scrub-it-clean side of the Hays Office. 
• • "House Mother for Radio" • •
• • Mae West went to town last month with Man-About-Town Charley McCarthy.  She went so far that the radio public, usually blase and hard to surprise, opened the floodgates on a downpour of criticism and disapproval.
• • Then, as public opinion subsided, the now famous "Mae West Program" turned up in a new light — — the focal point in a rumored plan to inaugurate radio censorship. Startled by the furor caused by this program, radio mig-wigs are said to be considering a plan patterned after the motion picture industry's Will Hays office.
• • That such a plan would have disadvantages is obvious. Radio is not, like the movies, a centralized industry and it would therefore be very hard to work out an efficient plan of censorship. Just as obvious, however, are the benefits to be derived from intelligent regulation.
• • Perhaps it is true that the bugaboo of the powerful Federal Communications Commission is powerful enough to make any additional censorship plans unnecessary. But, and here lies the rub, F.C.C. is in no position to supervise the quality of the broadcast, while a radio "czar" could devote most of his time to such improvement.
• • The few annual butches [sic] like the Mae West incident would be avoided and at the same time the general quality of radio broadcasts would be enhanced as the movies have been by the work of the Will Hays office.
• • Be this as it may, and it may be well, radio circles from coast to coast are seething with possible reorganization along such lines as those outlined. The scheme probably will never materialize, but it at least shows that radiomen know they need a good strong cathartic, and they are looking for the least painful one. — J. R.
• • Source:  The Stanford Daily; published on Friday, 14 January 1938.
• • On Tuesday, 14 January 1930 • •
• • As the Los Angeles engagement of "Diamond Lil" was winding down, a nerve-wracking telegram arrived. The condition of Matilda West was worsening; the cancer had spread to her liver. Mae West hired a private train. On 14 January 1930 — — after their last performance in California — — Mae and the cast left for Brooklyn, New York.
• • The death of 59-year-old Matilda West in January 1930 "was a staggering blow," admitted Mae, who was inconsolable and devastated by the loss of her beloved mother.
• • On Friday, 14 January 1938 • •
• • In the month of January, "Every Day's a Holiday" debuted in the USA on a weekend — — Friday, 14 January 1938.
• • It was the first Mae West film that failed to make money, unfortunately, and Paramount Pictures cut all ties with her.
• • On Wednesday, 14 January 1959 • •
• • When he was hired in to help Mae West get her memoir together, ghostwriter Stephen Longstreet may have discussed autobiography's conventions — — the expected triumphs won after disappointments, the lessons learned from hard knocks, and the struggles along the way. Their collaboration during 1957 — 1958 produced a manuscript published in hardcover by Prentice-Hall on Wednesday, 14 January 1959. Using a well-worn comeback borrowed from the speakeasy hostess Texas Guinan, Mae titled her life story "Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• •  Mae West, Ethel Barrymore, and Fred and Adele Astaire also appeared in popular shows that autumn in The Playhouse, the DuPont Theatre.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I take it out in the open and laugh at it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Singapore publication mentioned Mae West.
• • "Facts for Fans: Mae West Signs Contract" • •
• • Mae West, whose first screen appearance in "Night After Night" created a sensation at the recent preview of that production, has signed a long-term contract with Paramount. Between pictures, Miss West plans to continue her writing, and may turn her attention to originals for the screen. No decision has been made as to the picture in which she will make her next screen appearance.
• • Source: Item on page 16 of the Malayan Saturday Post, Singapore; published on Saturday, 14 January 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 3,300 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
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