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She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, History  |  9 February 1933 (USA)
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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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Serge Stanieff
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Gus Jordan (as Noah Beery Sr.)
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Russian Rita
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Tammany Young ...
Chuck Connors
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Robert Homans ...
Doheney (as Robert E. Homans)
Louise Beavers ...
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Storyline

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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Diamond Lady  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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The movie's line "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?" was voted as the #26 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). See more »

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Shadow of camera moves against the back wall of Lady Lou's apartment while she and Sally are talking. See more »

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Old Woman: Ah, Lady Lou, you're a fine gal, a fine woman.
Lady Lou: One of the finest women ever walked the streets.
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A Guy What Takes His Time
(1933) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ralph Rainger
Performed by Mae West
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Classic Early-Talkie Comedy Deserves Its Classic Status
7 August 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

One of the seeming paradoxes of film-making is that historical period pieces age much better than movies set in the present or the future. That certainly is true of this classic comedy. Co-written by its star as a play called "Diamond Lil" about a turn-of-the-century chanteuse with no shame and her own standards of personal morals, She Done Him Wrong seamlessly blends the backdrop of turn-of-the-century New York politics with fast wisecracking patter and plot-lines that blend seamlessly. To me, it packs twice the action and four times the wit of one of today's comedies into about half the screen time.

This was Mae West's second movie, and it established her as an immediate star. Although not pretty even by the standards of the day and much less so by today's standards, she commands every man's attention by her very presence. Cary Grant flashes star quality in each of his scenes as the ideal foil to West. Filled with clever double entendres and disarmingly bawdy situations, She Done Him Wrong is every thing a period comedy should aspire to be, and more. The title is a role reversal on the refrain from "Frankie and Johnnie", the turn-of-the-century ditty West sings to begin the movie's climactic wrap-up.

Any movie lover willing to value this classic by the standards of the day is in for a treat.


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