Friday, July 13, 2018

Mae West: Horowhenua Taste

On Monday, 13 July 1936, MAE WEST was talked about in New Zealand. Let’s investigate.
• • Don’t Like Mae West and Greta Garbo • •
• • Here Are Children’s Film Preferences • •
• • (By Telegraph-press Assn. Copyright)
• • Received on Sunday, 10.20 p.m. LONDON, July 12.
• • Mr. William Farr, acting manager of the British Film Institute, has compiled an analysis of juvenile taste in films. He discovered that children prefer those featuring G-men and dislike Mae West and Greta Garbo because they have never met anyone in the least like them — — and are unable to imagine that such people really exist. They hate horrific films or the Frankenstein type, fighting, sudden noise and close-ups of killings and kissings.
• • Children like to be excited, not frightened.
• • Adventure stories built around air pilots and sailors greatly interest children. They dislike dialogue, intricate plots and musical films interrupting the action with songs and dances, and stories falsifying well-known history.
• • The headmaster of Battersea School after a similar investigation reached the same conclusion. He found that children liked adventure with happy endings and right triumphing over wrong, but love scenes made them laugh and scenic beauty left them cold.
• • Source: article (p. 7) in Horowhenua Chronicle [New Zealand]; published on Monday, 13 July 1936.    
• • Note: Mae West was excited about doing a circus theme film, “I’m No Angel,” because she thought children would be interested in the circus animals and the “Big Top” atmosphere.
• • On Friday, 13 July 1934 • •
• • The Advocate (in Tasmania) printed an article on 13 July 1934 about Mae West's newest motion picture.  "She Done Him Wrong" is a story of a section of New York during the "gay nineties," with its collection of cabarets, "tough" men and frivolous women.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Martin Itjen, undertaker, automobile and tire agent and operator of the only street car at Skagway, Alaska, Is on his way home after a visit In Hollywood, where he met Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Women like a man with a past, but they prefer a man with a present.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Biloxi Daily Herald mentioned Mae West.
• • By Walter B. Clausen (Associated Press Staff Writer)
• • Hollywood, Calif., July 17.— (A.P.) — John Barrymore is virtually down to his last yacht. Joan Crawford has more jewels than "Diamond Lil" Mae West. Charles Chaplin is the wealthiest movie star. Harold Lloyd is the screen's largest landholder. These are some of the facts written into the records of the county tax collector, now that the time approaches again for collecting taxes, many of the stars own property outside Los Angeles County, of course. . . .
• • Source: Item rpt on page 1 in Biloxi Daily Herald; published on Wednesday, 17 July 1935
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • 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 4,000 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4001st 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mae West: Corrupting Morals

The trials and tribulations of MAE WEST played out in the headlines of New York City newspapers. In 1927, The New York Daily News sent their reporter Burns Mantle to the courthouse. This is what he wrote.
• • Sex” Conviction Purifies Rialto If Not Players • •
• • Will New York have its "Sex" appeal? • •
• • Drama Critic Burns Mantle wrote: Mae West, star of the play whose entire cast and producing staff were convicted of corrupting public morals, announced she will appeal the conviction which carries a sentence of from ten days in the Women’s Workhouse.
• • Burns Mantle wrote: However, the lawyers and the twenty-one other defendants were not especially loquacious on the question.
• • Burns Mantle wrote: Resentment at the jury's action in stamping the play sponsored by the Moral Productions company as an immoral production was expressed by members of the cast as they visited the court to leave their fingerprints.
• • Burns Mantle wrote: All of the 22 artists and producers convicted will appear for sentence, by Judge George E. Donnellan in General Sessions on April 19. Indications last night were that jail sentences will be imposed on several, including Mae West. Others, it is believed, will escape with fines.
• • Burns Mantle wrote:  Whether or not an appeal is taken, one thing is certain. The purification of Broadway will have been completed by the time next season's shows open. French farces, clever pieces from Hungary and Vienna, and the products of some of our own realistic writers, will be toned down.
• • Source: Burns Mantle’s column from The N.Y. Daily News; published on Thursday, 7 April 1927.
• • On Thursday, 12 July 1934 • •
• • The Hollywood Reporter printed an article about Mae West's upcoming project. "New Orleans Kicks on Mae West's 'Belle'!" was printed on the front page in the issue dated for Thursday, 12 July 1934.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Genial Jim Timony, Mae's manager, has not escaped the "husband" touch. They labeled him such just last year.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Every time the postman rings twice, I get a dozen proposals from guys who must have gone to school at a mail order college. Not bad, either."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A gossip column by Louella Parsons mentioned Mae West.
• • Louella Parsons wrote: How Hollywood did buzz today when it was whispered that Mae West was booked for a concert tour and would sing and do an act similar to the Harry Lauder sketches. ...
• • Source: "Mae West Booked for Concert Tour" written by Louella Parsons for The San Antonio Light; published on Monday, 12 July 1937
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • 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 4,000 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4000th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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