Thursday, December 05, 2019

Mae West: 11 Days Before

No other broadcast of the Charlie McCarthy 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 4 of 12 segments.
• • “The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show: An Episode Guide and Brief History” • •
• • the highest paid • •
• • Martin Grams, Jr. wrote: It was eleven days before Christmas. Eight o’clock Sunday night. The Chase and Sanborn Hour began broadcasting from Hollywood as usual. The master of ceremonies, Don Ameche, introduced Nelson Eddy who opened with "On the Road to Mandalay" followed by "Beneath the Southern Moon" (the latter from Naughty Marietta).
Mae West with Edgar and Charlie
• • Martin Grams, Jr. wrote: Next, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy joked with Nelson Eddy for a few minutes, asking among other questions how much Eddy made as a singer. Eddy avoided a definite answer by turning the tide; he asked Charlie how much he made and Charlie replied that he won’t reveal his salary "because Bergen keeps all of my allowances."
• • Martin Grams, Jr. wrote: (Just as a footnote here, Time reported in 1943 that Eddy was the highest paid singer in the United States.)
• • An actress could not wear glasses in public • • . . . 
• • This article by Mr. Grams will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Radiogram; rpt by Old-Time Radio’s webmaster; posted on (undated).
• • On Sunday, 5 December 1965 • •
• • Joseph Breen died at age 75 during the month of December — — on 5 December 1965. It is doubtful that Mae West attended his funeral.
• • On Tuesday, 5 December 1933 in The L.A. Times • •
• • The Mae West robbery led to a trial and this was covered by numerous newspapers. The L.A. Times printed some of Mae's remarks in their edition dated for Tuesday, 5 December 1933.  On the witness stand, Mae had said: "I have known Harry Voiler for a number of years. He has now turned out to be a snake in the grass."  A snake!
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • When Ray Bourbon performed at the Cinderella Club [82 West 3rd Street, NYC], Mae West often went to see his show.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Trouble? Listen, if trouble means something that makes you catch ya breath, if trouble means somethin’ that makes ya blood run through ya veins like seltzer water, mmmmmmmm, Adam, mah man, give me trouble. ..." [Dialogue for Eve in "The Garden of Eden" — Arch Obler's radio skit aired in December 1937]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A website on motherhood mentioned Mae West, whose name is trending.
• • Why everyone's naming their babies "Mae" right now • •
• • But why Mae? Why is Mae more popular in hyphenated names than, say, Grace, Beth, June or even May?
• • Mae is an alternative spelling of May that was popular in the US in the early 20th century but never really common in the UK or in Australia, so it’s got that vintage American appeal.
• • It makes people think of the smart, sexy Mae West (real name Mary Jane West), just like Audrey makes them think of Audrey Hepburn  …
• • Source: MamaMia;  published on Tuesday, 12 November 2019
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • 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 4,360th 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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