Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mae West: Kinseying

It's probable that MAE WEST counted on a fair share of press coverage for the springtime opening of her 1926 show "Sex" on Broadway.  And it did. Walter Winchell called it "a vulgar affair ... amateurish in script and cast."
• • A native New Yorker, Walter Winchell [7 April 1897 — 20 February 1972] was a newspaper as well as a radio commentator.
• • While Winchell was at The New York Evening Graphic (whose staff included reporter Ed Sullivan), he invented the gossip column.
• • But as Mae's popularity grew, Winchell's harsh tone grew less strident and more gentle. In this column written 22 years later, Winchell can no longer deny her some praise.
• • "Walter Winchell Agrees Mae West Can Still Get Big Audience" • •
• • The First Nights: . . . Some adventurous reviewers were lured across the Hudson [to New Jersey] to ogle Mae West recapturing the bad old days via the 20-year-old "Diamond Lil." Mae's kinseying was relished by the aisle boys. They agreed she can still put up a better front than Jane Russell but "what seemed ris-gay 2 decades ago is now no more sinful than an ice cream soda."
• • Reviewer Brooks Atkinson's mashnote: "Miss West puts on an amazing performance."
• • Source:  Winchell's syndicated column; published on Monday, 6 December 1948.
• • On Saturday, 22 March 1924 in The Lone Star State • •
• • An application for a marriage license was filed in Texas on Saturday, 22 March 1924 by R. A. "Bud" Burmeister, who intended to wed Mae West.
• • Then on tour through the southwest, the spunky vaudevillian was noticed by the reporters who reviewed for the San Antonio Light, where an article on her appeared in the paper the next day on Sunday, 23 March 1924.
• • On Saturday, 22 March 1930 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • On Saturday, 22 March 1930, the headline in The N.Y. Times read like this: MAE WEST COUNSEL ASSAILES CAPT. COY; Police Officer Admits Relying More on Sergeant's Notes Than Own in Testimony. SAYS TWO MADE 'SYNOPSIS' Too Dark in Theatre to Write Clearly, He Asserts — — Reveals He Acted 28 Years Ago.
• • Captain James J. Coy of Inspector Mulrooney's staff, who appeared Thursday in General Sessions, told Judge Amadeo Bertini and a jury why he had raided Mae West's play "Pleasure Man" in October 1928.
• • Broadcast on Sunday, 22 March 1964 • •
• • "Mae West Meets Mister Ed" is the twenty-first episode of the fourth season of "Mister Ed," and the ninety-ninth episode overall. Director was Arthur Lubin. Airdate was on Sunday, 22 March 1964.
• • Guest Stars: Mae West (Herself), Nick Stewart (Charles), Mae West (Herself), Jacques Shelton (1st Groom), Roger Torrey (2nd Groom).
• • On Sunday, 22 March 2009 • •
• • The paperback version of "She Always Knew How: Mae West — A Personal Biography" by Charlotte Chandler was released a year after the hardcover edition was out — — and the earlier edition was published on 22 March 2010. The soft cover version (317 pages) was printed by Applause.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street, Los Angeles.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   “If you can't go straight, you've got to go around.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A journal mentioned Mae West.
• • We've never read David Premack's 3-page article: "Intentionality: How to tell Mae West from a crocodile" but please let us know if you have. (And, of course, we know you adored it!)
• • Source: Article in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 11, Issue 3; published in the edition dated for September 1988
• • 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 3403rd 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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