I’M NO ANGEL
1933, Universal, 87 min, USA, Dir: Wesley Ruggles

Singing, dancing lion tamer Mae West goes from Big Bill Barton’s Wonder Show to the bright lights of the Big Apple in this saucy romantic comedy. Wealthy Cary Grant is one of the men smitten with West, until her past threatens their engagement. But Mae isn’t one to take “no” for an answer! The blonde sex symbol penned the dialogue to this pre-Code hit – arguably her best - enshrining such lines as “It's not the men in your life that count, it's the life in your men” in movie immortality.


SHE DONE HIM WRONG
1933, Universal, 66 min, USA, Dir: Lowell Sherman

Mae West reprises her stage success as Diamond Lil in this suggestive and hilarious musical comedy, one of the last gasps of sexual freedom in movies before the Production Code set in. Look for a young Cary Grant in a supporting role!


MY LITTLE CHICKADEE
1940, Universal, 83 min, USA, Dir: Edward F. Cline

In one of the most ingenious - and strange - pairings in comedy history, cranky misanthrope W.C. Fields meets his match in the sassy Mae West. Their Old West hijinks made this one of the most successful movies of its year (behind 1939 holdover GONE WITH THE WIND), and it remains a classic of sly double entendres.


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