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Ruby Carter, the American Beauty queen of the night club-sporting world, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans (which kind of belies the Western genre designation), mostly to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ruby Carter
Roger Pryor ...
Tiger Kid
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Brooks Claybourne (as John Mack Brown)
John Miljan ...
Ace Lamont
Katherine DeMille ...
Molly Brant
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Piano Player
James Donlan ...
Kirby
Stuart Holmes ...
Dirk
Harry Woods ...
Slade
Edward Gargan ...
Stogie
Libby Taylor ...
Jasmine
Warren Hymer ...
St. Louis Fighter
Benny Baker ...
Blackie
Morrie Cohan ...
Butch
Tyler Brooke ...
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Ruby Carter, the American Beauty queen of the night club-sporting world, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans (which kind of belies the Western genre designation), mostly to get away from prizefighter Tiger Kid. Installed as the prize attraction of "The Sensation Club", ran by Ace Lamont, she quickly becomes the toast of the town and also marked as personal property by Ace, arousing the fury of Ace's former flame, Molly Brant. The not-overly-bright Tiger comes to town and is set for a title match with the champ by Ace, while the latter also has him steal some of Ruby's jewels. Ruby, no dumb-belle, figuring Ace has the fix in on the fight, uses some of her other jewels to lay a trap for Ace. Tiger confesses, after the fight, to Ruby his role in the jewel robbery while she hints that Ace was the one who slipped him the knock-out drops. Tiger goes after Ace, who, for his own reasons, has Molly locked in a closet. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama

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21 September 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Babe Gordon  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to David Niven, this film was to have been called "It Ain't No Sin" and, as a publicity stunt, 40 parrots were trained to repeat "it ain't no sin." Then the Hays Office made the studio change the title. See more »

Goofs

The songs "Memphis Blues" and "St Louis Blues", sung by West in 1890s New Orleans, were written and published in the 1910s by W. C. Handy. See more »

Quotes

Ace Lamont: You and I could go a long way together. With your beauty and my business ability, we could make a fortune. You know why I brought you down here, don't you?
Ruby Carter: I had a rough idea.
Ace Lamont: You're the kind of woman I dreamed about... always desired. I'm wild about you.
Ruby Carter: Some of the wildest men make the best pets.
Ace Lamont: Ruby, I must have you... your golden hair, your fascinating eyes, your alluring smile, and lovely arms...
Ruby Carter: Wait a minute. Is this a proposal, or are yuh takin' inventory?
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Soundtracks

When a St. Louis Woman Goes Down to New Orleans
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Performed by Mae West
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Mae Day!
8 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though I'd certainly heard of Mae West, I had never seen her in a film before, so this silly star vehicle was quite enjoyable to watch.

I was surprised to find an almost hermaphroditic persona here -- masculine in dusky voice and swagger but all-woman in her hour-glass figure draped in feathers, flounces, and sequins. With her slight overbite, West is an enchanting mix of wit and self-assurance.

She wrote this story that centers on a blues singer for whom men swoon. It's really just window dressing for West as she struts through her awe-struck social world.

The film is fun for the minor suspense it provides: What will Mae say next?

Sometimes it's a song, like "My Old Flame."

Then there are her little aphorisms:

"I'm in the habit of picking my own men..."

"It's better to be looked over than overlooked..."

"The man who hesitates...is late..."

I think I'd like to see more of this screen siren, though I'm not sure how MUCH. Does this sort of thing get old? I'm game to see...


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