Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Mae West: Diabolical Glee

A long article in Radio Guide Week cautioned that MAE WEST would disrupt the airwaves in 1933. Radio reporter Martin J. Porter must have had a crystal ball. Let's take a peek. This is Part 1.
• • Reviewing Radio — — Martin J. Porter • •
• • Martin J. Porter  wrote:  Like all the rest of the tribe that slaves at writing radio items, 1 had looked forward to the radio debut of Mae West on an imminent commercial as something that would provide and provoke many comments. I had anticipated with diabolical glee the squawks that would arise from the Parent—Teacher associations, and from the gentlemen of the cloth. There surely would be a great to-do also over the type of material that Mae would have to use, because without strictly Mae Westian material, the sponsor might just as well have used the evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.
• • Martin J. Porter continued:   But all my fond expectations have come to naught. Mae West, although having been voted a §6,500 weekly salary, and although time was cleared and everything set for Miss West to exploit a face cream, is not going on the air at all, at all.
• • Trouble • •  . . .
• • This was Part 1. Look for Part 2 tomorrow.
• • Source: Article by Martin J. Porter in Radio Guide Week; published on  Saturday, 23 December 1933.
• • On Tuesday, 5 July 1932 in Variety • •
• • Casting problems caused delays for Paramount in the summer of 1932. As Mae waited to film her scenes with George Raft, as his former flame Maudie, offers came in for her to create material for others.  In their issue dated for Tuesday, 5 July 1932, Variety printed this headline: "Mae Mulls Sock Yarns for Marlene and Jean."
• • Mae demurred.  Years later, explaining the situation to a British reporter, she admitted to being reluctant.  "If I thought of something funny," said Mae, "I wasn't about to give it to them."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Surreal artist Leonor Fini was inspired to design the perfume flacon after seeing a dress form used for Mae West, whom Parisian couturier Elsa Schiaparelli costumed in “Every Day's a Holiday.”
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I can do more with my voice and eyes than another woman can do turning herself inside out.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Copley News Service mentioned Mae West.
• • Nancy Anderson wrote:  Mae West, former actress, still feels young old [sic]. Mae told me, “I had this dancing partner [Frank Wallace] who was crazy about me and kept begging me to marry him. He had a colleague in the entertainment business, a 40-year-old opera singer, who talked me into it.   But I was sorry right away. I couldn’t wait to get away from him. "I wanted to get home to mother,” Mae insisted.  . . .
• • Source:  Article rpt in  Monroe News Star; published on Thursday, 8 November 1973
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
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