Monday, June 05, 2017

Mae West: Off the Record

Joseph Ignatius Breen [1888 — 1965] was a Hollywood film censor whose name turns up on an awful lot of correspondence involving MAE WEST.  Someone had a brilliant idea to title her next picture "It Ain't No Sin."  This would be re-titled several more times before it was sent out into the world as "Belle of the Nineties."  Let's follow the backstage drama, shall we? This is Part 1.
• • Notes [from TCMDb Archive Materials] • •
• • Paramount's Hollywood office asked the Hays Office to refrain from sending Emanuel Cohen a letter stating the Office's decision on this film in an effort to keep Paramount executives in New York from becoming involved in the controversy.
• • On June 2, 1934, Breen wrote to Hays Office director, Will H. Hays, stating that Hollywood producers were conspiring, in a "sort of off-the-record understanding," to keep censorship decisions from their studio heads in New York, who received carbon copies of Hays Office correspondence.
• • According to Breen, a few days previous to Paramount's request, Louis B. Mayer had also requested that the Office stop writing him letters.
• • in cases where our letters indicate serious danger • •  . . .
• • To be continued tomorrow with Part 2.
• • On Saturday, 5 June 2010 in New Zealand • •
• • Mae West is still on the music charts.  Brava! Mae's rendition of "Mister Deep Blue Sea" charted on Saturday, 5 June 2010 on New Zealand's Jazz Music Chart at position 104.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Salvador Dalí's Mae West Lips Sofa is such a famous image to us now that it's easy to forget that it was an object designed as a mouth you could sit on.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I consider myself above changing. I haven't time to change.  I'm not looking backward at what I've done or what success has come my way. The minute you do that and stand around on what's already come your way, you're headed back in the other direction."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A syndicated columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • "Dorothy Kilgallen Reports on Broadway" • •
• • "Mae West Tells All About Love" • •
• • Mae West, that eminent psychologist, is about to do a series titled "Mae West Tells All About Love," in which the star of stage and screen will answer letters from video viewers with problems of the heart.  ...
• • Source: Item in The Voice of Broadway by Dorothy Kilgallen;  published on Sunday, 24 August 1958
• • 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 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3718th
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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