It was 1931 and a pre-Paramount MAE WEST was touring in her very controversial Harlem play, with a bi-racial cast. Let's take in a long review to see the view from the front row. This is Part 2.
• • Red Hot Sin — — Man the Boats, Women, and Babies First! • •
• • It was viewed at Brighton Beach • •
• • When this production was viewed at Brighton Beach just a week or so ago, the gentleman who did the reviewing for The Standard Union at that time said, in easy words of one syllable, that the play was not the kind of thing that could be recommended to people with tender sensibilities, it is, I think, safe to say that the children had better stay in their little cribs if Mamma plans to see this one.
• • For, while more suggestive plays have undoubtedly been produced, "The Constant Sinner" just about wins the prize for coming right out into the open with what it wants to say. In case your interest has been held up to this point, it might intrigue you to know that it wants to say plenty.
• • Three Acts and Sixteen Scenes • • . . .
• • This was Part 2. Part 3 will continue tomorrow.
• • Source: Review in Standard Union; published on Tuesday, 15 September 1931.
• • On Tuesday, 1 May 1956 • •
• • "Mae West Says Every Man Has Sex Appeal," trumpeted the headlines around the country in Tuesday newspapers on 1 May 1956.
• • At the time, the Brooklyn bombshell was making the rounds on New York City's night club circuit and hitting other venues with her muscleman act. And the press obliged by pumping out interviews.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is still receiving more 'fan mail' from her world-wide admirers than any other star in Hollywood. Seven hundred letters are delivered to her every week.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When I came to Hollywood I weighed 8 stone (131 lbs). I was advised to diet. They almost talked me into it, but I thought I'd stick by the curves people paid to see in New York."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A syndicated columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • "Dorothy Kilgallen Reports on Broadway" • •
• • "Mae West Muscle Men Troubled by Amour" • •
• • Dorothy Kilgallen wrote: Mae West, who terminated her engagement in Copa City “because of illness” never felt better in her life. The announcement was a polite way of saying she'd had a spat with the management. . . .
• • Source: Item in The Voice of Broadway by Dorothy Kilgallen; published on Monday, 14 February 1955
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