When her fiancée Buck Gonzales is killed, dance hall queen Cleo Borden inherits his wealth. Included are oil wells supervised by British engineer Carrington, whom Cleo sets out to win by becoming a "lady." She races her horse in Buenos Aires, gains social position by loveless marriage to bankrupt Colton, and even sings in an opera. But when she meets Carrington again, he's become the Earl of Stratton... Written by
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Much is made of the exact date of Cleo's party - August 17 - which happens to be Mae West's birthday. See more »
When Donovan, Brash, Ivan and Mrs. Brittony conspire against Cleo, the calendar Brash consults says that August 17, 1934 is a Saturday. August 17 fell on Saturday in 1935, the year the movie was released. In 1934, August 17th would have been on a Friday. See more »
[Cleo sings last lines]
But now I'm a lady / Come up and see me some time.
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This film is really a Mae West vehicle and you can see how she inspired today's stars like Madonna and even Lady Gaga with her dazzling outfits and costumes. Mae West had a style like nobody else and was incredibly talented besides her looks. She was a screenwriter who developed her own projects in order to suit her. In this film, she plays a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who ends up from rags to riches. Along the way, she wants high society's acceptance even of her bawdy behavior and attitudes. Her character might be ill-bred, ill-mannered, and raunchy with jokes but she's entertaining and talented with her singing voice. I wonder if it was her real voice. She's going to climb high society even if it means doing it her way. Mae West is one of the great movie stars during the Great Depression and we can see why people flocked to see her films.
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