A very long article about MAE WEST and her career in Tinseltown appeared five years ago. It was written by Paul Phaneuf. Let's enjoy it together. This is Part 20.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Lusty Entertainment • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote: One of the advertisements called it "Hitting the High Spots in Lusty Entertainment." Nevertheless the film was banned in Australia and faced censorship problems in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland. At the time each state had its own censorship board, putting more pressure on the Hays office.
• • A priest who helped craft the Code, Father Daniel Lord, steamed, "She Done Him Wrong is the filthy Diamond Lil slipping by under a new name."
• • And Sidney Kent, President of Fox Films (soon to merge with a company called 20th Century), perhaps feeling that Paramount was getting away with openly flaunting rules other studios obeyed, wrote Hays that, "It was the real story of Diamond Lil and they got away with it. I believe it is worse than Red Headed Woman. It is far more suggestive in word, and what is not said is suggested in actions."
• • Suggested in Actions • • . . .
• • This was Part 20. Part 21 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source: Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine; issue dated 5 November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Sunday, 30 January 1938 • •
• • "Mae West Is Banned Over Radio" • •
• • ("The Sunday Times" Special Message) • •
• • NEW YORK, Saturday — — The National Broadcasting Company from its headquarters here has issued definite instructions that the name of Mae West must not be mentioned over any station in the network which it controls.
• • It is believed that this is the result of violent objection that followed Miss West's recent appearance, after a four-year absence from the air, in a sketch entitled "Adam and Eve."
• • Source: Sunday Times (Perth); published on Sunday, 30 January 1938.
• • On Wednesday, 30 January 1935 in Singapore • •
• • "Lord Byng at a Mae West Tea-Party — Star Will Be in London for Jubilee Celebration"
• • Lord Byng and Lady Byng joined Mae West for tea and tried to butter her up with some friendly persuasion. The Straits Times in Singapore ran an article with all the particulars on page 6 on Wednesday, 30 January 1935.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "She Done Him Wrong" had not played more than two or three days before the studio executives realized they had stumbled upon on a gold mine.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm Mae West, I can't wear the same clothes twice."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Burt Reynolds mentioned Mae West.
• • Reporter: Who would be your dream dinner date?
• • Burt Reynolds: I got to know Mae West in the late Seventies. I’d go to her art deco house in Los Angeles, sit on her bed and listen to her talk all day. She died in 1980 at the grand old age of 87. I’d love to have one more night with her, listening to her tales about Hollywood’s golden age. ...
• • Source: Interview for The Daily Mail (U.K.); published on Friday, 29 January 2016
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
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