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Belle of the Nineties (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 21 September 1934 (USA)
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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Brooks Claybourne (as John Mack Brown)
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Molly Brant
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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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21 September 1934 (USA)  »

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

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Trivia

Film debut of Mike Mazurki. 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

Jasmine: All my life I've been looking for a man that is big and handsome and's got plenty of money.
Ruby Carter: What you've been looking for is three men.
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

When a St. Louis Woman Goes Down to New Orleans
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Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Performed by Mae West
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Probably okay if you like West ... I don't really
16 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Mae West stars as a popular nightclub entertainer who's dating a boxer. His manager hates her, and sets her up to look like she's cheating on him. To get away from a bad situation, she accepts a job in New Orleans where she becomes the toast of the town, but her boss's unwelcome attentions cause more strife. I must confess that I have never been very fond of West and this is most decidedly a showcase for her. She wrote it and is really the uncontested star. It's okay. Duke Ellington appears but is pretty decisively kept in the background.


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