Monday, December 19, 2016

Mae West: Penny Pinch

A highly paid performer, MAE WEST was occasionally the victim of post-war austerity measures.
• • Australian wire services  released this item on Tuesday, 30 September 1947:  London, Monday: To save dollars, the B.B.C. has cancelled two Mae West broadcasts and has dropped the 'Trans-Atlantic Quiz' and other programmes featuring American artists. As a star in her own stage show, 'Diamond Lil,' at a West End theatre, Mae West will be paid over £1000 weekly. 
• • On Sunday, 19 December 1936 • •
• • Picturegoer's issue for the week of 19 December 1936 featured these three: Mae West, Merle Oberon, Alfred Hitchcock.
• • Picturegoer was a magazine published in the United Kingdom between 1913 — 1960. Its primary focus was on contemporary films and the performers who appeared in them.
• • On Sunday, 19 December 1937 • •
• • Forbidden fruit, unlawful carnal knowledge, the serpent in the garden — — and maybe the real "snake" all along was the self-righteous head of the purity police, the Catholic League.
• • An article about the outraged public outcry and protest letters that NBC had received over the Mae West Biblical skit on radio was published in The Sunday Morning Herald in Washington, DC on Sunday, 19 December 1937.
• • Eventually, NBC would ban Mae for 15 years over this curious flapdoodle.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • To celebrate the completion of her last picture, Mae West has given director Edward Sutherland a gold watch case inscribed "Come up and see me sometime, and I'll give you the works." 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'd rather make motion pictures than whoopee."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Cinema — — "Go West, Young Man" at the Plaza,"Hortobagy" at Film Society • •
• • This week we have run the gamut of sex, from the incredible virginities of Girls' Dormitory by way of Miss Mae West to the leaping stallions in Hortobagy.  . . .
• • Source: Review in The Spectator; published on Saturday, 18 December 1936
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th 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 3,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3598th
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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