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Klondike Annie (1936)

 -  Comedy  -  21 February 1936 (USA)
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Mae West plays Rose Carlton, the kept woman of Chan Lo (Harold Huber), who takes her from walking the streets to pacing the floors of her high rent apartment... See full synopsis »

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Complete credited cast:
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The Frisco Doll / Rose Carlton / Sister Annie Alden
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Bull Brackett
Phillip Reed ...
Insp. Jack Forrest
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Sister Annie Alden
Harry Beresford ...
Brother Bowser
Harold Huber ...
Chan Lo
Lucile Gleason ...
Big Tess (as Lucille Webster Gleason)
Conway Tearle ...
Vance Palmer
Esther Howard ...
Fanny Radler
Soo Yong ...
Fah Wong, Rose's Maid
John Rogers ...
Buddie
Ted Oliver ...
Grigsby
Lawrence Grant ...
Sir Gilbert
Gene Austin ...
Organist
Vladimar Bykoff ...
Marinoff
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Mae West plays Rose Carlton, the kept woman of Chan Lo (Harold Huber), who takes her from walking the streets to pacing the floors of her high rent apartment... See full synopsis »

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She Made the Frozen North... Red Hot!

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21 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frisco Kate  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Eight minutes were deleted from the finished print: the first depicted the killing of the evil Chan Lo and the second showed Rose switching places with Annie, putting makeup on her face. The Legion of Decency refused to allow the film to be released with this second scene uncut, due to Sister Annie's association with the Salvation Army. See more »

Quotes

The Frisco Doll: I got a debt to pay - not to this crowd, but to Annie, and I'm gonna do it. It won't take long, and then I'll be squared up.
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My Medicine Man
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Written by Sam Coslow
Performed by Mae West
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KLONDIKE ANNIE (Raoul Walsh, 1936) **1/2
30 December 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is another middling Mae West vehicle: though there's something approximating a plot in its case (involving her taking up the guise of a missionary!), this has the unfortunate effect of producing unwarranted sentimentality – consequently, the star's trademark sauciness gets downplayed – which, frankly, doesn't suit her in the least…or convince us for a second! At least, director Walsh vividly renders the turn-of-the-century atmosphere and changes of locale: we start in Chinatown, where Mae's the kept woman of an Oriental establishment owner, then spend a good deal of time aboard ship with rowdy captain Victor McLaglen – during which the real (and elderly) Sister Annie perishes from a heart attack – and, finally, settle in the titular gold-mining region – where the heroine above all turns the head of a young Mountie (actually after West for the death of her Asian master that occurs off-screen!) even if he believes her to be a pious woman.

Needless to say, West's bubbly personality and smart business sense (acquired via her former capacity of world-renowned torch singer) turns around the mission's formerly pitiful fortunes – which even come to threaten the takings at the local saloon (especially since she's recruited many of the performers there to liven up her own "joint")! I was under the impression that KLONDIKE ANNIE was something like 80 minutes long (the Leslie Halliwell Film Guide even gives the running-time as 83), so that I was surprised when it abruptly ended – by having the star forsake the young career man for experienced lout McLaglen – at a little over 73 minutes in PAL mode (with a bit of research, I was able to determine that Image's presumably long out-of-print R1 DVD actually only ran for 76 minutes).


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