Friday, October 27, 2017

Mae West: Unfit for Wives

On Wednesday, 10 October 1928, Variety published a long editorial in order to scold MAE WEST.  Her offense was that she had written a play about homosexual men. But even worse was the indisputable fact that the public wanted to see it. Variety's publisher was incensed. He wrote this scathing head-shaking, finger-pointing essay. 
• • "Is Show Dirt Box-Office Pay Dirt?" • •
• • The Mae West pinch • •
• • Variety wrote:   The Mae West pinch is indicative of a curious trend in the theatre these early new-season days.    At least three other stage productions are holding forth which discourage patronage by the average unsophisticated public. At least two, and possibly the third, present themselves to the most hardened as shows not fit not alone for children but for the ears of one's mother, wife, or sweetheart. 
• • Lewdness, Filth, and Smut • •  . . .
• • This is Part 2. Part 3 continues on Monday.
• • Source: Editorial in Variety (page 44);  published on Wednesday, 10 October 1928.  
• • On Saturday, 27 October 1934 • •
• • Picture-goer, Britain's publication for film fans, discussed costumes designed for Mae West for her latest movie "Belle of the Nineties" in an issue dated Saturday, 27 October 1934.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • London born actor Richard Peel will be seen as Christian, the Sussex Score Hotel's British chef in "Sextette" starring Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "They're all nice boys and girls out here.  They mean well; they fall in love; they get married."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A NYC trade paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Three Shows Out!" • •                    
• • Variety wrote:  The cops shoved one show off Broadway last week and at least two others will go this Saturday.
• • Variety wrote: "Pleasure Man" by Mae West presented by Carl Reed was raided at the Biltmore Theatre after the first performance. Legal tactics permitted resumption the following night but at Wednesday's matinee, the curtain was rung down definitely when the police arrived.
• • Variety wrote:  Up to then, the box office was prospering as it never did before — — but the notices were distinctly adverse.      . . .
• • Source: Item in Variety;  published on Wednesday, 10 October 1928  
• • 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 3819th 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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