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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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Russian Rita
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Doheney (as Robert E. Homans)
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Pearl
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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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$200,000 (estimated)
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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. San Franciscans got to take a look at it 6 June 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), but 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, and since that time has also been a frequent flyer on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[Captain Cummings approaches Lou with a pair of handcuffs]
Lady Lou: Those absolutely necessary? You know I wasn't born with them.
Captain Cummings: No. A lot of men would've been safer if you had.
Lady Lou: Oh, I don't know - hands ain't everything.
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The Bowery
(1892) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Gaunt
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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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