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My Little Chickadee
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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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User Reviews:
The Perfect Pairing of a Remarkable Comedic Team! See more (32 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)
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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:
Dick Foran, who was being paid by the week, would go to Mae West and tell her that W.C. Fields was rewriting his lines to give himself more screen time and to try to steal the film from her. Then he would go to Fields and tell him the same thing about West. In this manner he was able to extend his employment from a few weeks to several months, as both Fields and West - who didn't like each other - would hold up production while they would rewrite their scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the 'train' stops to pick up the Fields character it consists of the locomotive only. The carriages then reappear in the next scene.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines - each saying a line associated with the other]
Cuthbert J. Twillie:If you get up around the Grampian Hills - You must come up and see me sometime.
Flower Belle Lee:Ah, yeah, yeah, I'll do that, my little chickadee.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Willie of the ValleySee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The Perfect Pairing of a Remarkable Comedic Team!, 2 January 2012
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

Mae West stars alongside W.C. Fields in this comedy classic from the 1930s about the Wild West. She plays Florabell who is disgraced by one town and goes to another town. Aboard the train, she meets up with W.C. Fields's shady character and they get married. Florabell's gentlemen admirers and suitors include the masked bandit who rides on a horse and robs people among others. Anyway, W.C. Fields called Mae West, his favorite co-star, probably because she was his peer. She knew how to write and make some laughs. The scene in the town school is quite memorable. Mae West had her own unique walk, style, and language all of her own worth watching. Want to know who inspired Madonna and Lady Gaga, I think Mae West would have been the first and unforgettable lady of shocking attitude. The film also stars Margaret Hamilton as the dreadful woman who hates Florabell. Hamilton also played the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz. She was a brilliant character actress of her time and is worth watching here. In the days of the Great Depression and a coming war, I could see why people flocked to the theaters every weekend.

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