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My Little Chickadee (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 15 March 1940 (USA)
Rightly suspected of illicit relations with the Masked Bandit, Flower Belle Lee is run out of Little Bend. On the train she meets con man Cuthbert J. Twillie and pretends to marry him for "... See full summary »

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Rightly suspected of illicit relations with the Masked Bandit, Flower Belle Lee is run out of Little Bend. On the train she meets con man Cuthbert J. Twillie and pretends to marry him for "respectability." Arrived in Greasewood City with his unkissed bride, Twillie is named sheriff by town boss Jeff Badger...with an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, both stars inimitably display their specialties, as Twillie tends bar and plays cards, and Flower Belle tames the town's rowdy schoolboys... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She...brought out the WEST in him!...He was a bad man full of Brimstone...until he met this Sagebrush Siren!! See more »

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Universal Pictures production number 1037. See more »

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On the train out of town, after Cuthbert gives Flowerbelle the heart shaped charm, his hat starts on his head, but then suddenly its magically in his left hand (so he can use his right hand to hold onto the railing.) See more »

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Flower Belle Lee: [reading off the blackboard] "'I am a good boy. I am a good man. I am a good girl." What is this, propaganda?
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The title, 'The End', is superimposed over Mae West's gluteus maximus as she walks away from the camera. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: W.C. Fields (1961) See more »

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Persischer Marsch (Persian March), Op. 289
Music by Johann Strauss
[Played during Flower Belle's and Twillie's arrival at the hotel in Greasewood.]
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The Perfect Pairing of a Remarkable Comedic Team!
2 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mae West stars alongside W.C. Fields in this comedy classic from the 1930s about the Wild West. She plays Florabell who is disgraced by one town and goes to another town. Aboard the train, she meets up with W.C. Fields's shady character and they get married. Florabell's gentlemen admirers and suitors include the masked bandit who rides on a horse and robs people among others. Anyway, W.C. Fields called Mae West, his favorite co-star, probably because she was his peer. She knew how to write and make some laughs. The scene in the town school is quite memorable. Mae West had her own unique walk, style, and language all of her own worth watching. Want to know who inspired Madonna and Lady Gaga, I think Mae West would have been the first and unforgettable lady of shocking attitude. The film also stars Margaret Hamilton as the dreadful woman who hates Florabell. Hamilton also played the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz. She was a brilliant character actress of her time and is worth watching here. In the days of the Great Depression and a coming war, I could see why people flocked to the theaters every weekend.


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