Monday, October 09, 2017

Mae West: Taken to Court

In October 1928, MAE WEST was often in the headlines because of her "indecent play."
• • "Indict Theatre Cast for Indecent Play" • •
• • NEW YORK, Oct. 4. (AP) — The fifty-six members of the cast of "Pleasure Man" and Mae West, its author, were indicted today by the grand jury for violation of the penal code relating to indecent theatrical productions and will be arraigned in general sessions tomorrow.
• • The accused were taken to the West Side court after the indictments had been handed down but the hearing was adjourned at request of District Attorney Joab Banton.
• • Source:  Associated press coverage rpt in The Stanford Daily; published on Friday, 5 October 1928.
• • On Friday, 9 October 1931 • •
• • It was Friday, 9 October 1931 when an intriguing item appeared in The Evening Herald. Hollywood news man W.E. Oliver had written: Mae West is writing another play for herself. She plans it for next season, but reveals nothing concerning its title or theme other than: It is a historical romance of the sixteenth century and these few hints have emerged.
• • “The Greeks knew their stuff.... Aristotle you know, laid down the dictum that plays should be written about kings and queens," said Mae West. "I go Aristotle one better and insist that she be a bad queen.... When I’m seen in New York in a new role, I will be seen wearing ermine.”
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Peter Linder was the featured singer with The Mae West Revue.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I always have somebody with me during interviews ever since that Mickey Hargitay mess."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Chicago daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Hollywood Today by Norma Lee Browning • •
• • SHE DIGS MEN: Leave it to Mae West to request four male escorts for the Dec. 15 do at the Movieland Wax Museum, where a figure of La West will be unveiled for celebrities and . Mae asked for a quartet consisting of Jack La Rue, George Raft, Cary Grant, and Rock Hudson. But she was more than happy to settle for Rock alone when the other three were not available. 
• • Though Mae West and Rock Hudson never have made a movie together, you may remember their acclaimed appearance on an Oscar Awards TV show about 10 years ago, singing: "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and it has been a mutual admiration society time ever since.. . .
• • Source:   Item in Norma Lee Browning's syndicated gossip column; published on Thursday, 7 December 1972
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!   
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3804th 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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