Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mae West: Extortioner

On Wednesday, 31 March 1943, Australians were reading about an extortion plot that targeted MAE WEST and Betty Grable. The criminal (who turned out to be star-struck teen) demanded  $100,000  from Miss West. There was an investigation and he got caught instead.
• • "Blonde Poses as Actress" • •
• • "Teenage Extortioner Trapped" • •
• • New York, March 30 (A.A.P.) — — How a blonde impersonating the film actress Betty Grable was engaged to trap a would-be extortioner was described in the Hollywood Federal Court when Russell Alexanderson, l8, pleaded guilty to a charge of having demanded 130,000 dollars (£40,625) from Miss Grable and the actress Mae West.
• • Attorneys said that Miss Grable received two notes, one demanding $25,000 dollars in uncut diamonds and the other $5,000 dollars in cash under the threat of death. The notes were signed "The Leopard" and "Snowy Baker."
• • Alexanderson demanded $100,000 dollars from Miss West.
• • The blonde kept an appointment with Alexanderson, and the police closed in on him.
• • The Judge postponed sentence until April 5th.
• • Article rpt in The Sydney Morning Herald; published on Wednesday, 31 March 1943.
• • On Sunday, 31 March 1912 • •
• • The end of March signaled the beginning of excitement down at "The Corner" [Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street]. The New York Times announced on Sunday, 31 March 1912 that "Mae West and Her Boys" would take the stage at Hammerstein's Victoria.
• • On Thursday, 31 March 1927 • •
• • On Thursday, 31 March 1927 it was reported in The New York Times that Sergeant Patrick Keneally of the Midtown Vice Squad, whose testimony was heavily flavored with a thick Irish brogue, quoted long passages from Mae's play "Sex" from memory. Moreover, "frequently, under the instructions of the Prosecutor," explained The Times, "assuming poses to demonstrate the manner in which members of the cast delivered their lines," Sgt Keneally gave the jury box quite a show.
• • On Monday, 31 March 1930 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • The N.Y. Times ran this headline to keep readers up to date on the "Pleasure Man" trial at the end of March 1930: CLASH MARKS MOVE TO FREE MAE WEST; Nathan Burkan Demands Details in Play Indictment — — Wallace Calls Motion Ridiculous. TWELFTH JUROR CHOSEN Then Panel Is Excused as Counsel Argue Over Terming Actress "Star of Case." Sales Manager Picked as Juror. Wants All Indecency Specified.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In due time, Mae is moving to a beach house she recently purchased to escape the smog.  We sit in this room and Mae answers my questions about how she keeps her figure: yoga exercises, Iong walks, specially prepared fat-less foods.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Many of our famous lawyers, doctors, bankers, and judges are homosexualists."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A WW2 site mentioned the Marines and a Mae West movie poster.
• • Marines pose in front of marquee posters in Bremerton, Washington circa 1934. The films showing are Lucky Devils (1933) and She Done Him Wrong (1933) starring Mae West and a young Cary Grant.
• • This image is a wonderful example of Sam Schutt's ability to capture the era in his photographs.  . . . 
• • Image:  courtesy of Steve Schutt
• • Source: Item on; posted on unknown date
• • 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 3,400 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3410th 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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