However, The Drag never opened on Broadway, owing to efforts by the to ban any attempt by West to stage it.
Despite Paramount's early objections regarding costs, West insisted the studio hire and his orchestra to accompany her in the film's musical numbers.
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She spent her time visiting family, giving interviews or writing.
Mae escaped death but was made to work as a secretary , taking bookings from clients who she serviced in an upstairs room while her twisted father would film her and replay the hardcore porn to his children.
She made her film debut in the role of Maudie Triplett in 1932 starring , who had suggested West for the part.