Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mae West: Pretend Romance

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 31.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • suggestive postures and gestures • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   Will Hays also wanted to keep the federal government at bay and used this threat to get support from the studios heads for stricter enforcement of the Code, including a seal that would now have to be earned before a film's release. Martin Quigley counseled Hays to "convince all concerned, and all observers, that you mean business." Quigley had earlier described "I'm No Angel," writing "There is no more pretense here of romance than on a stud farm . . . its sportive wisecracking tend to create tolerance if not acceptance of things essentially evil."
• • "The picture industry is going to be made to clean up or else — — and that 'else' will be federal censorship with no less a power than President Roosevelt ready to sponsor its passage through Congress." — — The Hollywood Reporter
• • Eleanor Roosevelt approves of censorship • •   . . .
• • This was Part 31.  Part 32 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Tuesday, 15 February 1927 in Manhattan • •
• • In New York City on 15 February 1927 there had been a hearing against "Sex" in the Magistrate's Court, closely followed by The New York Times and other newspapers.
• • It was on that Tuesday in mid-February that Mae West's obscenity trial officially began.
• • Police inspector James Bolan was called as a witness for the prosecution in West Side Special Sessions Court.
• • On Saturday, 15 February 1936 • •
• • An article "Klondike Annie" was printed in Motion Picture Herald on page 44 in the issue dated for Saturday, 15 February 1936.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West brings a sexy performance — completely clothed — that leaves little wonder to how she pulled Paramount Studios out of bankruptcy.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "The prison doors closed behind me. That's my story."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A campus paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Ballyhoo — February Issue • •
• • This issue is devoted almost exclusively to Mae West, and she proves to be good material for Ballyhoo. Horace Greeley's advice to young men [to go West] is here given a new turn. The ad-laffs still contain the best humor despite Homer.  Zilch.  ...
• • Source: Item in Columbia Daily Spectator; published on  Thursday, 15 February 1934
• • 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 3640th
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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