Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Mae West: The Purple Gang

The robbery of MAE WEST made headlines. A year later, the Purple Gang was arrested.
• • “Los Angeles Gang Captured” • •
• • Los Angeles. Dec. 5. — (UP) — A year old mystery surrounding the robbery of Mae West, stage and screen actress, has been cleared by the confession of one member of a bandit gang, authorities claimed today as they announced the arrest of a second suspect.
• • Harry O. Voiler, purported member of the Detroit "Purple Gang," was reported arrested in Chicago a few hours after the county grand jury indicted him, Edward H. Friedman, 31, an alleged Chicago hoodlum, and Morris Cohen, Los Angeles, on robbery charges.
• • The indictments were based on Friedman's reputed confession that he and Cohen robbed the actress of $19,000 in jewels and $3,400 in cash. The raid was staged at her home in October, 1932. Friedman was quoted as saying he and Cohen "cut in” Voiler on the loot.
• • Miss West appeared before the grand jury and identified Friedman as one of the robbery, officers claimed. Voiler has been arrested here three limes recently and has a $50,000 suit pending against District Attorney Buron Fitts, charging false arrest. His last arrest as in connection with the investigation of a double gangster killing but he was released when prosecutors admitted they had no evidence against him.
• • Harry O. Voiler was once the business manager for the late Texas Guinan.
• • Source: United Press rpt in Madera Tribune; published on Tuesday, 5 December 1933.
• • On Tuesday, 5 December 1933 • •
• • On Tuesday, 5 December 1933, the night Prohibition was repealed, while Mae was being photographed in a Hollywood speakeasy with Gary Cooper, her sister was performing in Chicago, Illinois. Beverly had bookings for her popular "Mae West Act" in the heartland during most of the winter of 1933.
• • According to a newspaper reporter: Beverly West, actress Mae West’s little sister, recalled that an usher on the house staff of a theatrical production that she was starring in ran to the stage and handed her a drink. She said, “I downed it before you could bat an eye. After all, I learned everything I know from my sister!”
• • Source: Article: “Borough Thirsty — — Ready to Celebrate Repeal Tonight on Wave of Liquor” printed by The Long Island Star-Journal; published on Tuesday, 5 December 1933.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Jean Harlow bleached her hair and became the screen's first blond seductress. Marlene
Dietrich, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, and Mae West paraded women's sensuality with their "bedroom eyes" and painted lips.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “She who laughs lasts.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on an American auction mentioned Mae West.
• • For the first time, Joseff of Hollywood is opening up its archives and offering these and other pieces for sale. More than 500 costume jewels will go on the block Saturday, when Julien’s Auctions presents "Treasures from the Vault: Joseff of Hollywood" at their Los Angeles headquarters, located at 805 N. La Cienega Blvd. The auction also will be live-streamed with online, real-time bidding.
• • The wide range of jewelry indeed represents the best of classic film, from necklaces worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind (1939) to a pair of golden, snake-embossed cuffs seen on Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (1963). More unusual pieces include a helmet worn by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in 1937's The Prisoner of Zenda and a metal breastplate Eugene Joseff crafted for 1942's Jungle Book.
• • Remember the cigar case Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler donates during the Atlanta Bazaar sequence in Gone With the Wind? That’s also among the auction highlights, carrying an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.
• • A Substantial Ring by Joseff • •
• • Other pieces were rented for use in multiple films: a sizeable silver-plated ring featuring a faux ruby surrounded by simulated diamonds was seen on Bette Davis in “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex,” Mae West in “The Heat’s On” (1943), Tallulah Bankhead in “A Royal Scandal” (1945) and Dame Judith Anderson in “Salome” (1953); the ring carries an auction estimate of $2,000 to $3,000.  …
• • Source: The Hollywood Reporter; published on Monday, 13 November 2017
• • 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 3846th 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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• • Mae West • in 1943

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