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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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As he leaves at the end of the film, Cuthbert J. Twillie (W.C. Fields) says to Flower Belle, "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?", a reference to Mae West's famous line in an earlier film, She Done Him Wrong (1933). See more »

Goofs

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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[first lines]
Stagecoach driver: [the masked bandit shoots a gun, forcing the stagecoach to stop] Whoa, hup! Whoa!
Masked Bandit: Drop those guns.
[the driver and his partner throw their guns to the ground and put their hands up]
Masked Bandit: Everybody get out.
[the passengers leave the stagecoach]
Masked Bandit: Do not try anything and nobody will get hurt.
Stagecoach driver: He said to come out, Miss Flower Belle.
Flower Belle Lee: Well, I got nothing he wants.
Masked Bandit: I will be the judge of that. Come out, or I will have to kill all these nice people.
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Crazy Credits

The title, 'The End', is superimposed over Mae West's gluteus maximus as she walks away from the camera. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Willie of the Valley
Lyrics by Milton Drake
Music by Ben Oakland
Performed by Mae West
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I'll take ya' and how!!
26 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

It's a shame that West and Fields had such a dislike for each other. In their few scenes together you can see how incredible this film could've been. Their introduction on the train is a delight, with him slurping all over her "symmetrical digits" and she crooning "you're compromisin' me". Field's disguising himself as her lover the Masked Bandit and getting some lip action under false pretenses is hilarious. If only they could've spent so much more screen time with each other instead of focusing on their separate routines, this would be a major classic. As it is it is still great fun. And Fields' asides to Margaret Hamilton are priceless! "I hope she don't get too violent--I haven't strength enough to knock her down!"


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