Thursday, April 06, 2017

Mae West: $32,000 Socko

A very long article about MAE WEST and her career in Tinseltown appeared five years ago.  It was written by Paul Phaneuf. Let's pick this up again and enjoy it together. This is Part 59.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • a mistress to an Oriental, a murderess, an imitation missionary • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   The San Francisco Motion Picture Council had a rather unique take on it by complaining that, "Any picture that represents its heroine as a mistress to an Oriental, then as a murderess, then as a cheap imitator of a missionary . . . is not in harmony with the other educational forces of our social set-up."
• • The Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph called it "practically sacrilegious." Surprisingly, the nascent Catholic Legion of Decency rated it morally objectionable in part, but did not condemn it.
• • Due to the controversy, business was brisk at the box-office. Variety headlined "Hearst-Block Papers Attack New Mae West Film, Klondike Biz Good." A week later it headlined "Boston Didn't Know Annie was Dirty Till Hearst Told Em: $32,000 Socko." Martin Quigley's Motion Picture Herald reported the film was making between $2,500 to $8,500 over the average box office take.
• • Klondike Annie$2,500--$8,500 over the average box office • •  . . .
• • This was Part 59.  Part 60 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Wednesday, 6 April 1927 • •
• • On Tuesday, 5 April 1927 at Jefferson Market Court [on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village], the jury returned with a guilty verdict. As she left the courtroom, followed by reporters, photographers, and a mob of well-wishers, Mae told them, "You've got to fight in this world!" She added, "You've got to fight to get there — — and fight to stay there."
• • On Wednesday, 6 April 1927, articles about Mae were published in Variety, The New York Times, The N.Y. Herald Tribune, and elsewhere.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West made her screen debut in "Night After Night" [1932] at a time when music was written especially for an upcoming motion picture. 
• • The jewels in this photo were stolen from the actress at gunpoint.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "Anybody who needs a dirty play ought to call on Mr. Wallace for suggestions."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A daily advice column mentioned Mae West.
• • DEAR ABBY:   That letter about the child who took a pair of 44 falsies to show his classmates what his father wore under his dress when he went to a costume party as Mae West interested me. I would like to know where a person can find a pair of 44 falsies in Silver Springs, Md.  . . .
• • Source: Reader's letter to the syndicated column "Dear Abby"; published on Monday, 4 April 1966
• • 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 3676th
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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