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She Done Him Wrong -- Mae West and Cary Grant heat up the screen in this racy comedy about a singer (West) with a penchant for troubled men, especially the mission director (Grant) who wants to reform her.


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Release Date:
9 February 1933 (USA) See more »
In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
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The incomparable Mae West at her finest See more (57 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mae West ... Lady Lou

Cary Grant ... Captain Cummings

Owen Moore ... Chick Clark

Gilbert Roland ... Serge Stanieff

Noah Beery ... Gus Jordan (as Noah Beery Sr.)
David Landau ... Dan Flynn
Rafaela Ottiano ... Russian Rita
Dewey Robinson ... Spider Kane

Rochelle Hudson ... Sally
Tammany Young ... Chuck Connors
Fuzzy Knight ... Rag Time Kelly
Grace Hamilton ... Frances
Robert Homans ... Doheney (as Robert E. Homans)
Louise Beavers ... Pearl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Singing Waiter (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Dan's Pal (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Patron Who Hits His Girl (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Street Cleaner (uncredited)
Mike Donlin ... Tout (uncredited)
James Eagles ... Pete (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Woman in Conversation (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Cleaning Lady (uncredited)
Aggie Herring ... Mrs. Flaherty (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Barfly (uncredited)
Arthur Housman ... Hungry Barfly (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Big Bill - Bartender (uncredited)
Lee Kohlmar ... Jacobson (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Janitor (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Mike - Lou's Coachman (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Barfly (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Framed Convict (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Waiter-Singer (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... The Tenor (uncredited)
Billy B. Van ... Pianist (uncredited)
Harry Wallace ... Steak McGarry (uncredited)
Harry Warren ... Waiter (uncredited)
Leo White ... Pedestrian Tipping Hat to Lou (uncredited)

Directed by
Lowell Sherman 
Writing credits
Mae West (by)

Harvey F. Thew (screen play) (as Harvey Thew) and
John Bright (screen play)

Produced by
William LeBaron .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Alexander Hall (uncredited)
Casting by
Fred A. Datig (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Robert Usher (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Edith Head (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Dugan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Lindgren .... recording engineer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Elwood Bredell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Pittack .... camera operator (uncredited)
Eugene Richee .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Ralph Rainger .... music and lyrics by
Stephan Pasternacki .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert M. Gillham .... general press agent (uncredited)
Harold Hecht .... choreographer (uncredited)
Arthur Lubin .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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66 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (2014) (TV rating) | Finland:(Banned) (1933) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Mae West and Rafaela Ottiano repeat their original stage roles from the play "Diamond Lil", although, in the film, Lil's name is changed to Lou.See more »
Continuity: The opera singer has a rolled up piece of paper which he holds against his leg, but in the next cut, when he is seen from behind, his hands are then in front of him.See more »
Lady Lou:Listen, when women go wrong, men go right after them.See more »
A Guy What Takes His TimeSee more »


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44 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
The incomparable Mae West at her finest, 11 May 2001
Author: FlickJunkie-2 from Atlanta, GA

Mae West was a veteran of burlesque, vaudeville and the Broadway stage by the time she made her first film in 1932 at the age of 39. `She Done Him Wrong' was her second film and her first starring role in an adaptation of her smash Broadway hit `Diamond Lil'. It was a play that West had written herself and it played to packed houses on Broadway for years. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture and made Cary Grant into an instant star. Mae went on to write nine of the fourteen screenplays for films in which she was to star. Thus, all those great quotes we've heard that are attributed to her were not only said by her, but written by her as well. By 1935, she was the most highly paid woman in America. To this day, she remains one of the female stars most often imitated by female impersonators.

This film is among her best. It is full of the bawdy double entendre that became her trademark. She was the queen of sexual innuendo and suggestive dialogue and many of her lines have become part of Americana (e.g. `Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?' And, `A hard man is good to find.' And of course, `Come up and see me sometime.')

The plot of this film is simplistic and it is clearly a vehicle for her enormous talent, leading up to the now famous proposal by Cary Grant at the end of the film. Mae commands every frame of the film with her incomparable combination of sex appeal and ribald humor. Her sense of comic timing is impeccable making the funny lines she writes that much more hilarious by the snide way in which she delivers them.

Before this film, Cary Grant had appeared in half a dozen films and was building a reputation as a solid actor. However, none of his early films gave him the exposure that this film did due to its wild popularity at the time. West handpicked him for the part saying that he combined virility with the bearing of a gentleman. She wanted someone who would epitomize the now famous line, `Hello, warm, dark and handsome.' Though his role in this film is minor compared to West's, it made him a household name and a bankable star.

This classic film is a piece of film history that shouldn't be missed. I rated it a 10/10. It is among Mae West's best moments. I highly recommend it.

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