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Release Date:
21 September 1934 (USA) See more »
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Mae West ... Ruby Carter
Roger Pryor ... Tiger Kid

Johnny Mack Brown ... Brooks Claybourne (as John Mack Brown)
John Miljan ... Ace Lamont

Katherine DeMille ... Molly Brant

Duke Ellington ... 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 ... Comedian
Tom Herbert ... Gilbert
Frederick Burton ... Colonel Claybourne (scenes deleted)
Augusta Anderson ... Mrs. Claybourne (scenes deleted)
Wade Boteler ... Editor (scenes deleted)
George Walsh ... Leading Man (scenes deleted)
Eddie Borden ... Comedian
Fuzzy Knight ... Comedian
Gene Austin ... St. Louis Crooner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooks Benedict ... Roulette Tab;e Spectator (uncredited)
Kay Deslys ... Beef Trust Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Fire Chief (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Admirer (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... St. Louis Gym Mug (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Croupier (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Master of Ceremonies at St. Louis (uncredited)
The King's Men ... Troubled Waters Quartet (uncredited)

Mike Mazurki ... New Orleans Audience Admirer (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Jasmine's Admirer (uncredited)
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... New Orleans Gym Mug (uncredited)

Dave O'Brien ... Shipboard Admirer (uncredited)
James Pierce ... Admirer (uncredited)
George Reed ... Brother Eben (uncredited)
Frank Rice ... Best Man at Wedding (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Admirer (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... New Orleans Audience Admirer (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... New Orleans Dowager (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... New Orleans Admirer (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Doorman at Sensation House (uncredited)

Directed by
Leo McCarey 
Writing credits
Mae West (story "It Ain't No Sin")

Produced by
William LeBaron .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Tom Satterfield (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Karl Struss 
Film Editing by
LeRoy Stone 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton 
Sound Department
Harry D. Mills .... sound (as Harry Mills)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Allan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Don English .... still photographer (uncredited)
Other crew
John Hammell .... censor advisor (uncredited)

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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (PCA #134)

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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.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Ace Lamont:[eying Ruby] I've Thought of everything
Ruby Carter:I bet you have
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BELLE OF THE NINETIES (Leo McCarey 1934) **1/2, 24 December 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Mae West's first vehicle following the enforcement of the Production Code emerges as a lesser comedy, despite the involvement of the renowned McCarey (who directed many a star comedian around this time, including various Laurel & Hardy shorts, Eddie Cantor, The Marx Bros., W.C. Fields and Harold Lloyd).

As ever, West wrote the script herself: having gone through the titles included in the R1 DVD collection not too long ago, this film can be seen to have adhered strictly to formula – so that, in spite of offering nothing new (all the men, be they naïve or unscrupulous, invariably throw themselves at the star's feet who, of course, plays a notorious chanteuse), the undercasting of the chief supporting players and the severely reduced trademark double entendres, it still gets by on the consummate professionalism on display (conveyed in Paramount's recognizable in-house style). Among the highlights here are a marathon boxing match, a typically soulful number by the underprivileged black community and the fiery climax.

The film's brief 70-minute running-time (in PAL mode) and unassuming plot line makes this ideal for late-night viewing; however, such rampant streamlining also leads to an overly abrupt denouement in which events are neatly tied up via a montage of newspaper clippings!

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