Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mae West: Temporary Alimony

MAE WEST, with those famous “curves like nobody else,” ran straight up a dead-end road when she denied she knew Frank Wallace, a man she married in 1911. The charade went on for quite a while. This United Press columnist, however, had more patience than most as the movie star tried to steer the conversation in her direction. This is Part 2 of two sections. 
• • Mae West Seeks Divorce; Husband Termed Bigamist • •   
• • By Frederick C. Othman, United Press Hollywood Correspondent
• • A bigamist and a chiseler • •
• • "Chisel" was the word Miss West used.
• • Frederick C. Othman wrote: Frank Wallace filed his first lawsuit in 1937 and has been filing them, intermittently, ever since. His latest demand was for $1,000 a month temporary alimony. That was a couple of weeks ago in San Bernardino, Calif.
• • His wife told Judge Charles C. Allison she “was broke.” Next morning she was embarrassed to learn that Earl Carroll's press agent was planning a benefit performance in Mae’s behalf.
• • However, Judge Allison held that Frank Wallace couldn't collect from Mae, even if she had the cash, because he was a bigamist. The judge said he'd learned that hoofer Wallace had married one Rae Blakesley and lived with her 19 years without the formality of divorcing Miss West. The case was transferred to Los Angeles court, where Wallace renewed his demands for $1,000 monthly.
• • So the curvaceous Mae instructed her lawyer to answer her husband with a divorce complaint.
• • Source: United Press column; published and syndicated on Wednesday, 29 October 1941.
• • On Wednesday, 16 January 1935 • •
• • In the middle of January — — on 16 January 1935 — — Joseph Breen was shooting off another memo about Mae West. "'Now I'm a Lady' seems to us to be a definite violation of the Code," he wrote. Because of the Hays Code, the script would be altered numerous times and the movie re-titled.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Frederick C. Othman of United Press said: "The best Miss West has made. Not a single off-color line or situation; scrupulously clean, yet funny."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on films that make you feel good mentioned Mae West.
• • Geoffrey Macnab salutes the best in cinematic soul-food.
• • Geoffrey Macnab writes: Historically, the best feel-good movies have often been made at the darkest times. The early 1930s in Hollywood, the height of the Depression, were known as a "golden age of turbulence." It was in this period that the brashest Mae West comedies, the liveliest musicals and the most explosive gangster movies were made. ...
• • Source: Article: "Films that make you feel good" written by Geoffrey Macnab for The London Independent [UK]; posted on Friday, 16 January 2009 
• • 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 3876th 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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• • Mae West • in 1935

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