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My Little Chickadee (1940)

 -  Comedy | Western  -  15 March 1940 (USA)
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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 "... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Flower Belle Lee
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Cuthbert J. Twillie
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Jeff Badger
Dick Foran ...
Wayne Carter
Ruth Donnelly ...
Aunt Lou
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Mrs. Gideon
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Amos Budge
Fuzzy Knight ...
Cousin Zeb
Willard Robertson ...
Uncle John
George Moran ...
Milton
Jackie Searl ...
Boy (as Jack Searl)
Fay Adler ...
Mrs. 'Pygmy' Allen
Gene Austin ...
Saloon Musician
Russell Hall ...
Candy (as 'Candy')
Otto Heimel ...
Coco (as 'Coco')
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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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con man | masked bandit | bar | train | sheriff | See more »

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...THE BELLE OF THE BADLANDS and HER ROOTIN'-TOOTIN' ROMEO! (original print media ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Comedy | Western

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15 March 1940 (USA)  »

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The Lady and the Bandit  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

W.C. Fields walked off the set over what director Edward F. Cline felt was a minor disagreement, but when it was clear after two weeks that he was not coming back to finish the film, nearly one-third was shot using a double. The double used is unknown. It could have been John Sinclair, who had doubled for him in Poppy (1936), or David Sharpe, who was his stunt double in later films. The double wore a plastic mask and most of the shots were long shots. 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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[to the hotel porter]
Cuthbert J. Twillie: By the way, my ski shoes and hockey mask will be up on the next train along with the polo pony. I understand the countryside abounds here with wild game: flamingoes... wine wombats... Indian civets.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Persischer Marsch (Persian March), Op. 289
Composed by Johann Strauss II
[Played during Flower Belle's and Twillie's arrival at the hotel in Greasewood.]
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Pairing of two super egos with flare and fun
18 August 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

You could call it "slapstick" at its best. They don't make them like W C Fields and Mae West anymore. Is that a good thing? Probably. Any imitations could hardly live up to their special brand of comedy. That episode on the train where they get acquainted -- "It is not good for man to be alone" quoth he, from the Bible at that. "Yeah, it's not much fun for a woman either," says she. "Do you think it possible for us to be alone together?" he asks. "Quite possible," is her reply. Who can resist a smile at that dialog!

By the way, for one scene how they could get that billy goat to lie down in bed under blankets, I'll never know! There's also a scene of a young girl coming into the bar slightly tipsy and I'm sure it's a young Celeste Holmes but there are no credits to verify this. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this?

Flower Belle (Mae West) is burning the midnight oil with "The Bandit," who is masked of course. She also encounters a naive editor (Dick Foran) and conquers that territory too to some extent. Well, for Flower Belle it's all in a day's work, you might say. Townsfolk are up in arms and intent on finding the Masked Bandit. Along the way they make W C Fields their sheriff but that doesn't solve anything. Meanwhile down at the saloon...

This movie with Mae is the one I like best.


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