"Exponent of Sex" or "Much Ado About Nothing"?


About this Item

Jayne Mansfield's show is cancelled after Kerry clergy protest at her proposed appearance at the Mount Brandon Hotel in Tralee.

  • Title
    Jayne Mansfield in Tralee
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Bill O'Herlihy (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
  • Material Type
  • Series title
  • Clip title
    "Exponent of Sex" or "Much Ado About Nothing"?
  • Extended description

    A Sunday in April 1967, actress and sexual icon, Jayne Mansfield is due to perform at the Mount Brandon Hotel, Tralee. A letter from the Roman Catholic Bishop of Kerry sent to all churches has requested that people do not attend the show.

    RTÉ's 'Newsbeat' programme was there to gauge reaction in the town and to talk to Jayne Mansfield on her arrival. Reporter Bill O'Herlihy asks the people of Tralee for their views on Jayne Mansfield's proposed visit to their town. One man says, "It doesn't seem right to my mind bringing an exponent of sex to a Catholic town." Another woman says that "It is much ado about nothing."

    Just before the arrival of the actress, a statement is issued announcing the cancellation of the show. Hundreds turn out for Jayne Mansfield's arrival at the Mount Brandon Hotel despite the Roman Catholic Dean of Kerry appealing to "...the boys and girls of Tralee to dissociate themselves from this attempt to besmirch the name of our town for filthy gain".

    Jayne Mansfield and her party head to a press conference through the hotel kitchens. "Owing to the controversy caused by the visit of Jayne Mansfield, the management of the Mount Brandon Hotel has decided to cancel her appearance," read an early statement from the hotel.

    In the press conference Billy Clifford of the Mount Brandon lays the blame on musicians who have gone missing between Dublin and Tralee!

    Reporter Bill O'Herlihy asks Jayne Mansfield what she makes of the Dean of Kerry calling her a "goddess of lust"?

    Note: Parts of the report shown here are mute.

  • Information

    A 'Newsbeat' report on the cancellation of actress Jayne Mansfield's proposed show in Tralee. Note: Parts of the report shown here are mute. The audio for this on the original broadcast was the song 'Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend' The report was broadcast on 25 April 1967.

    Jayne Mansfield died in a car accident on the 28th June 1967.

    'Newsbeat' was a half-hour feature programme presented by Frank Hall and ran for 7 years from September 1964 to June 1971. 'Newsbeat' went out from Monday to Friday on RTÉ television and reported on current affairs and issues of local interest from around Ireland. The final programme was broadcast on the 11th of June, 1971.

  • Local keywords
    Actor, Actress, Protest, Catholic Church, Church, Religion, Sex, Mount Brandon Hotel, Press Conference, Jayne Mansfield, Billy Clifford
  • Geographical coverage
    Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
  • First broadcast channel
  • Production year
  • Country of production
  • Original identifier
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
  • Rights terms and conditions

    Copyright RTÉ. This material may not be replicated in any form or manner without the prior express permission of RTÉ. Any form of reproduction in print, television, video, multimedia, web site or other electronic media or any form of dissemination for commercial or non-commercial use must be licensed by the RTÉ Libraries and Archives.

    If you wish to licence video or audio clips, still images or text, or would like further guidance please contact us.

    RTÉ Libraries and Archives are committed to respecting the copyright of others and have attempted to source and credit the copyright owners of all material used here. RTÉ would like to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified here so that the necessary corrections can be made. If you feel your copyright has not been respected please contact us.

  • Item type
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
  • Aspect ratio
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)