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She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, History | 9 February 1933 (USA)
In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member.

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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 Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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$200,000 (estimated)

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$2,000,000 (USA)
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television broadcast took place in St. Louis Saturday evening 10 January 1959, following Going My Way (1944) on KMOX (Channel 4), but, perhaps because of bad timing, or just because of Mae West's and the film's past history and reputation, telecasts elsewhere remained few and far between. In Milwaukee, lucky televiewers got a look at it 4 April 1959, on the Late, Late, Show, following Spawn of the North (1938), and San Franciscans got to take a peek at it 6 June 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), but Grand Rapids televiewers hand to wait until 28 April 1960 on WOOD (Channel 8); it was not aired in Chicago until 19 June 1961 on WBBM (Channel 2), at which time Chicago Tribune columnist Herb Lyon commented, "...with a few appropriate trims, we hope!" By late 1962 the airwaves had cleared sufficiently to allow its initial telecasts in New York City 8 October 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 15 October 1962 on WCAU (Channel 10), and, finally, in Los Angeles 16 November 1962 on KNXT (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 22 April 2008 as part of the Universal Cinema Classics series, again 19 April 2016 as one of 18 [Paramount] films in Universal's Cary Grant - The Vault Collection, and again 8 March 2016 as one of nine titles in Universal's Mae West: The Essential Collection. Since that time has also been a frequent flyer on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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When Jacobson arrives and sits to talk with Lou, she sits up from a side-leaning position twice. See more »

Quotes

Gus Jordan: So you met a man who wouldn't fall for you, eh?
Lady Lou: Who wants him to fall? Why he'd be the kind the woman'd have to marry to get rid of.
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Ach Du Lieber Augustine
(ca 1768) (uncredited)
Traditional German folksong
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Marvelous Mae
28 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's really a privilege to be able to see an icon like Mae West on film. This early talkie is Mae at her best - precode, dripping in diamonds and one-liners. It's a shame that later in life, she became a parody of herself. She was an important figure not only in theater but in early film.

Mae was not only a talented performer, she was a gifted writer and knew how to showcase herself. Though "She Done Him Wrong" is light on plot, it's heavy on Mae, and frankly, who cares about anything else? She's Lady Lou, a bawdy singer, with her hourglass figure shown to great advantage in a variety of gowns. All men want her - and let's face it, many men have had her! When she visits her ex-boyfriend in jail, she knows ever other con in the place.

This is a fascinating movie on so many levels. Besides Mae and her precode innuendos, it has Cary Grant's star-making performance (though Grant always disliked West's claim that she discovered him). It's the film that saved Paramount from bankruptcy. It's one of the films that brought on the code. Most interesting to me is, the audiences loved it! These audiences would very soon (like the next year) be deprived of the sexual double entendre and morality found in this film. Rather than the early audiences being naive and unsophisticated, it was the banning of certain language and situations in film that gave rise to the idea of a false world: that once, there were no shades of gray, all unmarried women were virgins, the bad guy always lost, and no bad deed goes unpunished.

"She Done Him Wrong" is a great chance to see a very young and handsome Gilbert Roland and Noah Berry Sr. (whose son really resembled him) in early film roles.

An amazing artifact, some hilarious lines, and most of all - Mae.


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