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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 »
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"Some Definite Pear-Shaped Ideas" 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)

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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 »
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:
Jeff Badger:And as for that tenderfoot sheriff, why, he couldn't keep his nose out of a bottle long enough to hold up a dog's tail, much less a stagecoach.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Willie of the ValleySee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"Some Definite Pear-Shaped Ideas", 27 November 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

My Little Chickadee is like a home movie W.C. Fields and Mae West just happened to make in their spare time, on the studio lot, back in 1940. The budget was not as ample as Miss West's er, well anyway, it's a pretty big picture but not that big. The dialogue is better than the film, which is frankly an amateurish mess. Both stars were past their prime when they made this western parody, and both seem a little tired, in general, and with one another, in their scenes together. They're much better when reciting the dialogue, which they worked on together (ah, to have been a fly on the wall during their script conferences). Maybe they spent all their energy on the writing. There certainly isn't much in their performing. For all its flaws, the movie has some hilarious moments, such as Fields' suggestion that he has "some definite pear-shaped ideas" he would like to discuss with Miss West.

Movie censorship was at its peak when this one was made. Fields and West had been two of the shining lights of early talkies, and the advent of the Production Code in the mid-thirties set them both back professionally, especially Miss West, who was the prime cause of it. Since they couldn't quite give this movie their all, due to the extreme censorship of the time, one has to continually read between the lines. There's a lot there, though not as much as I think they imagined there was. The film is an heroic effort none the less, if by today's standards rather quaint.

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