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New York singer and nightclub owner Lady Lou has more men friends than you can imagine, unfortunately one of them is a vicious criminal who's escaped and is on the way to see "his" girl, not realizing she hasn't exactly been faithful in his absence. Help is at hand in the form of young Captain Cummings, a local temperance league leader, though. Written by
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"Diamond Lil", the play on which this was based, originally opened Apr. 9, 1928 at the Royale Theatre and ran for 176 performances. It was revived 3 times between 1949 and 1951, each time starring Mae West. See more »
Lou's hands are at her side when she starts the "Frankie and Johnny" song, but on her hips in the next cut when seen from behind. See more »
One of the very few Mae West movies that escaped the butchery of Hays censorship, this film is 70% filler, but when Miss West steps into the picture, her star quality just explodes out of the screen. Every drawled line is loaded with smutty innuendo, every man would sell his soul for her. West plays a woman who makes no secret of enjoying sex, nor of her willingness to use men as playthings who also buy her diamonds. in 1933 she already had conventional gender politics standing on its head, and was funnier and sexier than everyone else in Hollywood put together. If you never understood why Mae West achieved lasting fame, watch this to see a natural star at work, making it all look so easy.
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