Mel, dressed as Mae West, has a devilish grin. She grabs police officer Sam's nightstick as his eyes go wide. "SEX WITH MAE WEST" is on a poster behind them..

April 19, 1927

Mae West is sentenced for writing and starring in her Broadway play "Sex." Convicted of "corrupting the morals of the youth," she serves 10 days in jail.

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