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My Little Chickadee -- The reputation of voluptuous Flower Belle Lee (West) is tarnished when she is seen embracing a masked bandit in her bedroom.


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Mae West (original screen play) &
W.C. Fields (original screen play)
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Release Date:
15 March 1940 (USA) See more »
It's the lafftime of a lifetime ! . . as "Wild Bill" Fields tries to tame the West! See more »
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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I'll take ya' and how!! See more (34 total) »


  (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
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (certificate #6029)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Cuthbert J. Twillie:I'm tending bar one time down in the lower East side in New York... a tough felona comes in there by the name of Chicago Molly. I cautioned her, "None of your peccadilloes in here." There was some hot lunch on the bar comprising of succotash, Philadelphia cream cheese and asparagus with mayonnaise. She dips her mitt down into this melange - I'm yawning at the time - and she hits me right in the mug with it. I jumps over the bar and I knocks her down.
Squawk Mulligan, bartender:[walks up] Where's the funnel?
Cuthbert J. Twillie:I don't know. It's up along there somewhere. You were there the night I knocked Chicago Molly down, weren't you?
Squawk Mulligan, bartender:YOU knocked her down? I was the one that knocked her down.
Cuthbert J. Twillie:[to the barfly] Oh, yeah, yes, that's right. He knocked her down. But I was the one started kicking her!
Squawk Mulligan, bartender:Here's the funnel.
Cuthbert J. Twillie:[to Squawk] Yeah, OK.
[to barfly]
Cuthbert J. Twillie:I starts kicking her in the midriff. D'ja ever kick a woman in the midriff that had a pair of corsets on?
Barfly drinking Panther:No, I just can't recall any such incident right now.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) (V)See more »
Persischer Marsch (Persian March), Op. 289See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
I'll take ya' and how!!, 26 February 2007
Author: kga58 from United States

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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