Thursday, February 01, 2018

Mae West: Hidden Meaning

Paramount Pictures had made a lot of money with MAE WEST. But the winds of change were strong by the mid-1930s. Paramount generously funded “Every Day’s a Holiday” — — and arranged for their star to promote the motion picture with a radio appearance on the hottest program. What could go wrong? This is Part 3 of four segments.
• • “Mae West 's Dizzy Career Rests on a Film's Success” • •
• • By Frederick C. Othman (United Press Correspondent)
• • It would be risky and risque • •
• • "Not a chance," the experts replied. "That would be too risky and risque."
• • Frederick C. Othman wrote: They hauled out their Adam and Eve script, which had been broadcast several times before, but which seemed to take on hidden meaning when Miss West read the lines. While bitter letters and telegrams and threats of a new radio censorship were making their lives miserable, the radio men discovered that they should have taken Mae's advice in the first place. There was not a single off-color line of situation in the whole eight reels of "Holiday!"
• • Mae wants everything clean • •
• • Producer Emanuel Cohen and Director Eddie Sutherland never worked over a script so diligently as they did over this one, during the weeks that Miss West was out-smarting the smarties in New York in 1899.
• • Tough being Mae West! • •  . . .
• • This is Part 3 of four segments. To be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: United Press coverage; published and syndicated on Wednesday, 22 December 1937.
• • On Saturday, 1 February 1975 • •
• • The first issue of the British large-format publication Club Magazine, dated for Saturday, 1 February 1975, featured Mae West. Today this rare inaugural edition of Club is a collectible.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Take a trip back to the gay days before prohibition with Mae West. As the slightly manhandled heroine, she gives a fine piece of acting.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm too busy to fall in love."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Atlanta mentioned Mae West.
• • "Atlanta Censors Ban Mae West" • •
• • Atlanta [U.P.] —— Atlanta censors banned Mae West in the flesh today as they had done 18 years ago on film.
• • The censors said the play “'Diamond Lil," in which Miss West was scheduled to appear next Friday night, was "lewd and obscene" and should not be performed in Atlanta, Georgia.
• • Eighteen years ago the movie version of the play, "She Done Him Wrong," was barred for similar reasons. The film, however, was shown for eight weeks in suburban Buckhead before capacity audiences.
• • Source: Item rpt in Madera Tribune; published on Thursday, 1 February 1951
• • 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 3888th 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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