Thursday, July 06, 2017

Mae West: Real Low-Down

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 2.
• • Reviewing Radio — — Martin J. Porter • •
• • Trouble • •
• • Martin J. Porter wrote: When you ask the sponsor why not, you’ll be told there was trouble over money. The NBC will probably tell you the same thing.
• • But the real low-down is this:  Neither sponsor nor network is willing to take a chance on Mae West — — not after learning of the way Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt feels about pictures and dialogue of the type that Mae West brought into popularity.
• • The radio men and advertisers have been reading or hearing about recent addresses by Mrs. Roosevelt, before women’s organizations, in which she politely, but unmistakably deplored a trend toward salacious advertisements by the movies, ballyhooing pictures in which the gals were voluptuous and siren-ish, and in which the language is not what you’d expect to hear in a conventional drawing room.
• • Blame Eleanor Roosevelt • •  . . .
• • This was Part 2. Look for Part 3 tomorrow.
• • Source: Article by Martin J. Porter in Radio Guide Week; published on  Saturday, 23 December 1933.
• • On Tuesday, 6 July 1943 • •
• • Mae West Finishes Two-Year Holiday • •
• • United Press wrote:  Hollywood, July 5 [U.P.] — — Mae West, who did her share to glamorize the gay nineties, has gone back to work after a two-year vacation.
• • The buxom blonde actress stated today, during an interview, that she has started work on a musical film with a Mexican atmosphere for Columbia. She also announced that she has written a play about Catherine, empress of the Russians, and intends to stage it in New York this fall.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • As Mae West waited to film her scenes with George Raft, as his former flame Maudie Triplett, offers came in for her to create material for others.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Copley News Service mentioned Mae West.
• • Nancy Anderson wrote:  Once she’d escaped her bridegroom, Mae West never mentioned her marriage nor did her husband until some years later when he arrived in California to claim half her money under the state’s community property law. “Someone had told him he could get hold of whatever I had,” Mae says, “but they’d given him bad advice.” Instead of freeing funds to her spouse. Mae freed herself of him by way of an unpublicized [sic] divorce.  . . .
• • 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 • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the
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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