Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mae West: Original Kiss

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 73.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Original Kiss • •   
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   The skit ends with a loud musical crescendo, after which a stunned Adam asks Eve, "What was that?" to which she answers "the original kiss."
• • (The entire episode runs about 10 minutes and can be heard in its entirety online at Edgar Bergen's radio show archive)
• • The show moved onto the next skit where Mae and Charlie exchange badinage including Mae's invitation to "Come up and play in my woodpile." However, the switchboards at NBC had already lit up with outraged listeners regarding the Adam and Eve skit. This was followed by a blitz of letters, and editorials.
• • Mae's sultry voice and phrasing had done it again! One of the flood of letters to NBC was from the FCC chairman who said the skit insulted "the great mass of right-thinking, clean-minded American citizens."
• • a campaign to clean up radio • •   . . .
• • This was Part 73.  Part 74 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Monday, 26 April 1926 on Broadway • •
• • Written by "Jane Mast" and starring Mae West as Margy LaMont, "Sex" opened in April — — on Monday, 26 April 1926. The Broadway debut occurred a few blocks north of Columbus Circle at Daly’s 63rd Street Theatre, the only playhouse available at the time. "Mae played a Canadian woman," noted Playbill, "with no time for those Mounties."
• • The N.Y. Daily News sent a reviewer who wrote: "Most of the 'Sex' appeal falls to the talents of Mae West, a vaudeville actress who somewhat resembles Texas Guinan."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • New York reports that Mae West has written a new play and may do it off-Broadway. before many months, granting she is not re-signed by Paramount.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Food, too, is one of my failings, but I can't cook, bake, wash dishes, sew, peel potatoes or onions."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A syndicated gossip columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • Paradoxical as it sounds, Mae West is going East for personal appearances with "Go West, Young Man." She will only travel as far as Chicago, however, to make appearances with her newest picture which was passed intact by the Hays office with nary a cut or suggested change. You will remember it was adapted from "Personal Appearance," the stage hit, but in the screening the story was changed so that all censorial irregularities were removed.
• • In the opinion of those who have had a privileged glimpse, it is the best thing Miss West has done since her very first starring picture, "She Done Him Wrong."  . . .
• • Source: Item in Louella O. Parsons' syndicated column; published on Thursday, 29 October 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 3690th
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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