Monday, December 16, 2019

Mae West: Very Antsy

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 11 of 12 segments.
• • “The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show: An Episode Guide and Brief History” • •
• • The trial was set in New York • • 
• • Martin Grams, Jr. wrote: Arch Obler said, “And at the time the suit came up, it was one of those ordinary nuisances where they want to be paid off by the network in order not to go to trial. But this time the network put its back up stiffly and the trial went on. The trial was set in New York, and so I had to appear before what would be easily an officer of the Federal Court. When I got there on Wall Street, and sat down in a courtroom, the man looked just like Lewis Stone — — and acted like him. He was very antsy and he didn’t like any part of this newfangled thing called radio, and above all, he didn’t like the whole thing discussing Mae West."
• • Martin Grams, Jr. wrote: "His first question," continued Oboler, "was ‘Mr. Oboler, where were you on February twenty-second – blah, blah, blah.’ And as long as I live, I’ll remember my answer because I was under oath.
• • Miss West does all of her business in her bedroom • • . . . 
• • This article by Mr. Grams will be concluded on the next post.
• • Source: Radiogram; rpt by Old-Time Radio’s webmaster; posted on (undated).
• • On Thursday, 16 December 1937 • •
• • It was on Thursday, 16 December 1937 that Variety ran an article about Mae West's controversial appearance on NBC in the Garden of Eden Skit: "Educator calls radio program a home menace."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, Thelma Todd, Alice Faye, Lana Turner, et al are discussed in "Hollywood Blondes: Golden Girls of The Silver Screen" [2007] written by Michelle Vogel and Liz Nocera.
• • Books on the Golden Era of Hollywood are wonderful Christmas gifts.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The thing that worries me most . . . is the reformers likin' me. When they do, I'll know I'm slippin'!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An opinion piece mentioned Mae West.
• • “When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.”
• • Kent Syler wrote: In September 2016 we used those words from bawdy Vaudeville and Hollywood entertainer Mae West to explain how Donald Trump could win the presidency by outperforming Hillary Clinton with voters who held negative views of both candidates.
• • Kent Syler wrote: Exit polling found Trump won this nearly 20% of the electorate by 17%; more than enough votes for his narrow victories in the vital states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.
• • Kent Syler wrote: The “Mae West effect” helped elect Donald Trump, but it could defeat him in 2020.
• • Kent Syler wrote: Last election, Donald Trump was Mae West’s untried evil.  …
• • Source: The Tennessean; published on Thursday, 21 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 4,367th 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • with Edgar Bergen and Charlie on radio in 1937 • •
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