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Go West Young Man (1936)

Passed | | Comedy | 18 November 1936 (USA)
A movie star, stranded in the country, trifles with a young man's affections.

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Morgan
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Bud Norton
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Mrs. Struthers
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Aunt Kate Barnaby
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Francis X. Harrigan
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Gladys
Margaret Perry ...
Joyce Struthers
Etienne Girardot ...
Prof. Herbert Rigby
Maynard Holmes ...
Clyde
John Indrisano ...
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Alyce Ardell ...
Jeanette (French maid)
Nick Stewart ...
Nicodemus (as Nicodemus Stewart)
Charles Irwin ...
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Walter Walker ...
Andy Kelton
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Movie star Mavis Arden, as amorous in private as she is pure in public, gets involved with a politician despite her watchdog publicist Morgan. Planning to meet her beau again at the next stop on her personal appearance tour, Mavis is stranded at a remote rural boarding house, with a pretentious landlady, sensible old maid, rabid film fan waitress...and strapping young mechanic Bud Norton, whom to Mavis is just the plaything of an idle hour... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of the touring movie star...and the country boy!

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Story is set in mid-Thirties but at premiere of Mavis Arden's latest movie, stock footage of audiences watching the film are people dressed in fashions and hairstyles of some ten years earlier. See more »

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Morgan: You're a great star and can't take a risk. Your private life has got to be an open book.
Mavis Arden: I'm just looking for someone to read it.
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References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

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I WAS SAYING TO THE MOON
Written by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Mae West
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No Ersatz Maes
6 July 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Go West Young Man is based on a successful Broadway play, Personal Appearance which had a 501 performance run in the 1934-1935 season and made a star of Gladys George. What did Gladys do, but play a Mae West type actress stranded between Scranton and Harrisburg on a personal appearance tour.

Of course since Paramount bought the screen right and they had Mae West, why not use the real deal in the lead. So Gladys George got her screen stardom in other roles and Mae West played Marvis Arden, a film star very much like Mae West.

Mae's got a contract that says she can't marry, but being Mae she's got a healthy sexual appetite and who knows where that might lead. That's the job of Warren William, press agent assigned by her studio. He busts up all of her potential romances, but he's also got an ulterior motive.

In fact he does a very hilarious job in pouring cold water on a romance between her and a rather fatuous politician played by Lyle Talbot. But Mae gets herself stranded out in the Pennsylvania countryside and takes a real liking to young farmhand Randolph Scott.

Randy is the only weakness in the cast. I just couldn't quite accept him as the naive young farm boy. He's just played too many tough western types for me to ever buy that.

Still this is Mae West's show and she carries it off with a style that only she can employ. No ersatz Maes for the movie going public.


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