Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Mae West: Exactly, Mr.

No other broadcast of Charlie McCarthy's show has generated more ink than the Sunday, 12 December 1937 broadcast starring MAE WEST.
• • The Mae West Blog has devoted its share of bandwidth to this phenomenon. However, an article written by Martin Grams, Jr. is so insightful and detailed that it eclipses other reportage. We’ll share a portion of his lengthy feature with you, dear Mae-mavens. Prepare to be amazed. This is Part 12 of 12 segments, the last excerpt of Mr. Grams’s fascinating analysis.
• • “The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show: An Episode Guide and Brief History” • •
• • Miss West does all of her business in her bedroom • •
• • Martin Grams, Jr. wrote: Arch Obler said this: “I said, ‘In the bedroom’ because, you see, Miss West does all of her business in her bedroom. She pays her bills in her bedroom, and she rehearses in her bedroom. So the judge’s next question — — he looked at me very suspiciously as if I were the Henry Kissinger of my time — — and he said, "Exactly, Mr. Oboler, what were you doing — — and remember you’re under oath — — what were you doing with Miss West?’ And his face turned bright red and he said, ‘I withdraw the question.’ And that was the end of that."  . . .
• • Note: Martin Grams, Jr. is the author of numerous books about old-time radio.
• • Note: This episode guide was first compiled by Mr. Grams in the late 1990s and shortly thereafter, was presented in three consecutive issues of SPERDVAC’s Radiogram in late 1999.
• • The twelve brief erudite segments that we planned to share (from a much longer article by Mr. Grams) have now been offered to our readers and we end with this post, Part 12. Mr. Grams tells a fascinating story. Explore the rest of it on your own.
• • Source: Radiogram; rpt by Old-Time Radio’s webmaster; posted on (undated).
• • On Friday, 17 December 1937 • •
• • On Friday, 17 December 1937 in The Hollywood Reporter industry people surely noticed an article about Mae West on page 1:  "Legion of Decency Drive Impends on Radio 'Sacrilege'." This piece continued on page 4.
• • On Friday, 17 December 1937 • •
• • An article appeared on the front cover of The Cornell Daily Sun on Friday, 17 December 1937 — — above the fold. The title was "Propriety of Mae West Broadcast Questioned."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West loved to work with black musicians and composers.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "We must do all that only and exclusively with the eyes."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Tasmania newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Visit by Mae West" • •
• • Mae West, the Hollywood actress, who is expected to visit Australia early next year. ...
• • It is not yet known whether she will appear on the Tivoli circuit or in town halls (in capital cities).
• • Source: Advocate (Tasmania); published on Saturday, 8 December 1945
• • 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 15th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,300 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,368th 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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1 comment:

  1. I've really enjoyed your 12 part post on the Adam & Eve radio skit. I always look forward to your inexhaustible research!