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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 »
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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 »
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User Reviews:
"My Little Peach Fuzz" See more (31 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)
Jeff Conlon ... Man (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)
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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: Near the end, Flower Belle is going up the stairs and her wedding ring is visible on her hand underneath her gloves. Then at the top of the stairs, she goes to give Cuthbert the ring back and it is in her purse.See more »
Quotes:
Cuthbert J. Twillie:Sleep! The most beautiful experience in life. Except drink.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Willie of the ValleySee more »

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"My Little Peach Fuzz", 30 August 2009
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

An Old West comedy that doesn't make a lot of sense, "My Little Chickadee" is mostly a cinematic vehicle for the talents of its two stars: Mae West and W.C. Fields.

Mae, all decked out in flowery glad rags, does her usual shtick, as she rolls her eyes, smiles mischievously, and walks in the slinky, suggestive manner that she's known for. I love it. She doesn't "act" so much as she projects her own unique on-stage persona. In this film she sings only one song: "Willie Of The Valley". It's okay, but I could have wished for a song more suitable to her wonderfully bawdy public image.

Wearing a high top hat and white gloves, and with that big nose and eccentric way of speaking, W.C. Fields plays Cuthbert J. Twillie, a blustery, flamboyant older man who uses big words to impress, and devious tricks to hoodwink. He's not seriously criminal, just a good-natured, booze-loving flimflam man trying to get along in life as best he knows how. Sometimes he succeeds, sometimes not. Fields is just as unique as Mae West. And his comedic routine is straight out of vaudeville.

The script's dialogue contains lines that highlight the humor of Fields, like when he tries to impress Flower Belle (Mae West): "The days of chivalry are not over. I've been worried about you my little peach fuzz. Have you been loitering somewhere? ... You are the epitome of erudition, the double superlative ...". His flowery metaphors sometimes get on Flower Belle's nerves, like when he says to her: "I climb the ladder of love to reach for the stars". She snaps back: "I'm in no mood for astronomy".

For all his bluster, Twillie is actually the weaker of the two characters. It's Flower Belle who uses a pistol to knock off villainous Indians, and Twillie whose use of a kid's slingshot backfires.

In this story, Margaret Hamilton, in her best witch voice, plays a histrionic busybody, in a support role.

This is a film that will appeal mostly to fans of Fields and/or West. I think the film probably showcases Fields' talents a little better than those of West. What hurt this film is the real-life villainous Production Code which tried to water down the bawdy dialogue. As a result, both the plot and some of the dialogue come across as flat. Had the self-righteous censors left the scriptwriters alone, "My Little Chickadee" could have really sizzled.

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