Circus performer Tira seeks a better life pursuing the company of wealthy New York men with improbable comic complications along the way.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Mae West (story), Mae West (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Mae West ... Tira
Cary Grant ... Jack Clayton
Gregory Ratoff ... Benny Pinkowitz
Edward Arnold ... Big Bill Barton
Ralf Harolde ... Slick Wiley
Kent Taylor ... Kirk Lawrence
Gertrude Michael ... Alicia Hatton
Russell Hopton ... The Barker Flea Madigan
Dorothy Peterson ... Thelma
William B. Davidson ... The Chump Ernest Brown (as Wm. B. Davidson)
Gertrude Howard Gertrude Howard ... Beulah Thortndyke
Libby Taylor Libby Taylor ... Tira's Maid
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Storyline

The bold Tira works as dancing beauty and lion tamer at a fair. Out of an urgent need of money, she agrees to a risky new number: she'll put her head into a lion's muzzle! With this attraction the circus makes it to New York and Tira can persue her dearest occupation: flirting with rich men and accepting expensive presents. Among the guys she searches the love of her life, from whom she only knows from a fortune-teller that he'll be rich and have black hair. When she finally meets him, she becomes a victim of intrigue. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A story about a gal who lost her reputation - and never missed it! See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie was the second most popular movie at the U.S. box office for 1933. See more »

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In the scene where she's firing that pistol: If I've counted correctly, she discharged eight shots from her six-shooter (without reloading). See more »

Quotes

Rajah the Fortune Teller: You were born in August.
Tira: Yeah, one of the hot months.
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Crazy Credits

Before the Paramount logo appears on screen in the opening credits, a sign declares that the studio is an NRA (National Recovery Act) member with the text "We do our part" written beneath. See more »

Connections

Featured in Becoming Cary Grant (2017) See more »

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I Found a New Way to Go to Town
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harvey Brooks
Lyrics by Gladys DuBois and Ben Ellison
Sung by Mae West
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The Best of West
9 May 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Mae West was an unlikely sex symbol. She was a small woman with a face that defied most standards of beauty and an unremarkable body--and by the time she hit film she was edging into middle age. But as West herself might have said, it ain't what ya got, its what ya do with it. If anybody knew what to do with it, Mae West certainly did, and I'M NO ANGEL finds her doing it in remarkably fine style indeed.

The story and script, by West herself, is hilariously improbable. West stars as Tira, a carny entertainer who divides her work between a hootchie coochie act (which gives her the opportunity to perform a sizzling "They Call Me Sister Honky Tonk") and a lion taming act--but when she runs afoul of a small town romeo she hits the road for New York, where she captivates both city and Cary Grant with her circus act. Needless to say, there are comic complications galore, but like the Mounties, Mae West always gets her man.

West did a number of justly famous films during the 1930s, but I'M NO ANGEL is arguably her best, salted with with one memorable quip after another as she cracks whips, snubs snobs, frolics with her maids ("Peel me a grape!"), and waylays the willing Cary Grant with considerable aplomb. If you've never seen a Mae West movie but have always wondered what made her a great star, this is the film to see!

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm No Angel See more »

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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