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Director:
Writers:
Mae West (original screen play) &
W.C. Fields (original screen play)
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Release Date:
15 March 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's the lafftime of a lifetime ! . . as "Wild Bill" Fields tries to tame the West! See more »
Plot:
Rightly suspected of illicit relations with the Masked Bandit, Flower Belle Lee is run out of Little Bend... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Fun Fields and West Comedy Pairing See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mae West ... Flower Belle Lee

W.C. Fields ... Cuthbert J. Twillie

Joseph Calleia ... Jeff Badger
Dick Foran ... Wayne Carter
Ruth Donnelly ... Aunt Lou

Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Gideon

Donald Meek ... 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')
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Anthony ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Townsman (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Lem (uncredited)
Georgie Billings ... Boy (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Leading Citizen (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Barfly Drinking Straight Whiskey (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Barfly (uncredited)
Eddie Butler ... Henchman (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Porter (uncredited)

Lita Chevret ... Indian squaw (uncredited)
Bing Conley ... Henchman (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Squawk Mulligan - Bartender (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... Sheriff of Little Bend (uncredited)
Clyde Dembeck ... Boy on Train (uncredited)
Jan Duggan ... Uppity Little Bend Woman (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Townsman Wanting to Form Posse (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Chester Gan ... Chinese Train Passenger (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ... Bowlegged Man (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Buddy Harris ... Porter (uncredited)
Charles Hart ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Barfly Drinking Panther (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Pete - Printer (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Townsman Wanting to Form Posse (uncredited)
Danny Jackson ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Deputy (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Henchman (uncredited)

Walter McGrail ... Townsman (uncredited)
Robert McKenzie ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Melford ... Greasewood Sheriff-Elect on Train (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Anne Nagel ... Miss Foster - Schoolteacher (uncredited)
Vester Pegg ... Gambler (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Barfly (uncredited)
Addison Richards ... Judge (uncredited)
Betty Roche ... Salvation Army Girl (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Henchman (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Man (uncredited)
Buster Slaven ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Diner (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... Gambler (uncredited)
Delmar Watson ... Boy (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joe Whitehead ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Barfly in Trance (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward F. Cline 
 
Writing credits
Mae West (original screen play) &
W.C. Fields (original screen play)

Produced by
Lester Cowan .... producer
Jack J. Gross .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph A. Valentine (director of photography) (as Joseph Valentine)
 
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations) (as R.A. Gausman)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph A. McDonough .... assistant director
Ray Taylor .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Martin Obzina .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound supervisor
Joe Lapis .... technician (as Joseph Lapis)
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
James V. King .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
James V. King .... special process cameraman (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Paul Landres .... consulting editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
 
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Runtime:
83 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (certificate #6029)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
On lunch break one day, W.C. Fields went to his dressing room to start on a new bottle of whiskey he had saved for that purpose. Apparently someone beat him to it, as the bottle had been opened and about half of it had been drunk. Fields immediately ran outside and roared to the crew, "Who took the cork out of my lunch?"See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Wayne Carter:Spring is the time for love.
Flower Belle Lee:What's the matter with the rest of the year?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Trading Partners (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Willie of the ValleySee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Fun Fields and West Comedy Pairing, 24 May 2008
Author: babeth_jr from United States

I love this little gem of a movie. It has two of the great stars of the early cinema, W.C. Fields and Mae West.

Fields is hilarious in his role as con man/card shark Cuthbert J. Twillie, who meets Flower Belle Lee (Miss West's character) on a train bound for Greasewood, a town that is ran by corrupt saloon owner Jeff Badger (Joseph Calleia). Flower Belle was ran out of her previous town and cannot return until she is married and a respectful woman, i.e., not promiscuous. She marries Cuthbert just to give her some respectability and it's hilarious to watch Fields pathetic attempts to try to be with his unwilling bride.

Of course, since this a Mae West film (both she and Fields wrote the screenplay) there are several funny double entendres in the film and Mae gets to sing a song, Willie of the Valley. I love both Mae West and W.C. Fields...they were both legends and I really wish they would have made another film together. The Hollywood rumor mill had it that they actually couldn't stand each other off screen, but if this is true, and I tend to believe that their feud was exaggerated for publicity purposes, you could not tell it by their performances. They had terrific on screen chemistry together.

"My Little Chickadee" is a fun film all the way around.

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