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This Day in the Yesteryear: MAE WEST SENTENCED FOR OBSCENITY (1927)

Mae West Sentenced For Obscenity (1927)

In 1926, American actress Mae West, mistress of the double entendre, began to write, produce, and star in her own Broadway plays, the first of which was the sensation-creating Sex. The notorious production did not go over well with city officials, who prosecuted West on morals charges. She served eight days of her 10-day sentence, getting off two days for good behavior. Still, the punishment did not deter her from tackling taboo subjects, as evidenced by her next play, named what? More… Discuss

The other sketch that Mae West performed with Charlie McCarthy on the famous Chase & Sanborn Hour/ the other sketch “Garden of Eden” caused a great uproar and led to the program being “pulled”