Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mae West: Used Before

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 74.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • a campaign to clean up radio • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   The Legion of Decency debated whether to start a campaign to clean up radio. Congressman William Connery of Massachusetts demanded an investigation into radio. Chase and Sanborn apologized for the program, as did the president of advertising giant J. Walter Thomson, saying in part, "we can assure the public at large that this same mistake will not be made again."
• • The New York Sun intoned "on Sunday such a broadcast represents an all-time low in radio." Mae's name itself was banned for a time from all NBC radio programs. The Hearst press was quick to praise the ban, hailing it as "proper protection for the homes of decent Americans." To sum up, Variety said, "Radio is badly scared and will lock the barn door."
• • The supreme irony: the skit had been used before! • •     . . .
• • This was Part 74.  Part 75 will appear  tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5  November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Thursday, 27 April 1911 • •
• • Ah, the Folies Bergere.  Vaudeville mogul Jesse L. Lasky had built his Parisian-style cafe and cabaret on a Louis XIII scale. Located at 206-214 West 46th Street [opened on 27 April 1911], it was in a prime position within kissing distance of two well-known Broadway theatres: the Globe and the Gaiety.
• • Eighteen-year-old brunette Mae West got her first big break when she was cast in the legitimate show "A la Broadway" at New York's Folies Bergere Theatre. Ned Wayburn (Mae's former dancing teacher), who was staging this, pulled her in. The lavish revue premiered on 22 September 1911 — — and lasted for eight performances.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • As Mae West told us to pass the word along today, "Boys, you're the only men [i.e., Laemmle, junior and senior] in my life I have never tried to wrong. Have a good time in Hollywood. It ain't no sin."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I enjoyed the courtroom as any other stage."  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • C. Paul Baker of Loyola University here, disagreed with most of the resolutions by the Catholic crusade. He said films had no evil effect on him and that he would go to Mae West pictures whenever possible.   ...
• • Source: Item in The Film Daily; published on Thursday, 12 April 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 3691st
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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