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She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, History | 9 February 1933 (USA)
In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member.

Director:

Lowell Sherman

Writers:

Mae West (by), Harvey F. Thew (screen play) (as Harvey Thew) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mae West ... Lady Lou
Cary Grant ... Captain Cummings
Owen Moore ... Chick Clark
Gilbert Roland ... Serge Stanieff
Noah Beery ... Gus Jordan (as Noah Beery Sr.)
David Landau ... Dan Flynn
Rafaela Ottiano ... Russian Rita
Dewey Robinson ... Spider Kane
Rochelle Hudson ... Sally
Tammany Young ... Chuck Connors
Fuzzy Knight ... Rag Time Kelly
Grace La Rue Grace La Rue ... Frances
Robert Homans ... Doheney (as Robert E. Homans)
Louise Beavers ... Pearl
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Storyline

New York singer and nightclub owner Lady Lou has more men friends than you can imagine, unfortunately one of them is a vicious criminal who's escaped and is on the way to see "his" girl, not realizing she hasn't exactly been faithful in his absence. Help is at hand in the form of young Captain Cummings, a local temperance league leader, though. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

"YOU CAN BE HAD!" she told him! (Print Ad- The Dispatch, ((Lexington, NC)) 6 February 1933)


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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diamond Lil See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mae West was sewn into most of her costumes. See more »

Goofs

When Lou arrives in the carriage, the way she holds her parasol changes. See more »

Quotes

Serge Stanieff: I swear I shall make you happy. I shall die to make you happy.
Lady Lou: Mmm, but you wouldn't be much use to me dead.
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Alternate Versions

Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania removed the song "A Guy What Takes His Time". Will H. Hays and Adolph Zukor went to New York to edit the song to an entrance by Mae West, one opening verse, and one closing verse to lessen the suggestiveness. Despite this, Ohio and Pennsylvania cut all of West's one liners. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Devious Maids: She Done Him Wrong (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bowery
(1892) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Gaunt
Part of a medley of music in the opening scenes
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"Come Up And See Me Some Time, The Sooner The Better"
15 September 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After a supporting role in the George Raft film Night After Night, Paramount films realized what a gold mine they had in Mae West. Between her and a young radio singer named Bing Crosby, they pulled Paramount from the brink of bankruptcy, the white mountain studio nearly went under in the early Thirties.

After this the studio gave Mae her head in choosing material and she decided to use one of her own original plays, She Done Him Wrong. The story is set in the Bowery district of the 1890s and New York of the 1890s is where Mae grew up, she had a good ear and a good memory for character types she uses in the film.

Mae always plays Mae West and would you really want her as anyone else? She's a Bowery entertainer of the period, working in this case for Noah Beery's club as the main attraction. Beery's into some really shady business, he doubles in white slavery and nearly gets innocent Rochelle Hudson who tries to kill herself in his club. Mae saves her, but turns her over to Beery because she doesn't know about his other sideline. All she knows is that he pays off in diamonds as well as cash.

Besides Beery panting after her, we've got silent screen star Owen Moore, young Gilbert Roland who is the assistant to white slaver Rafaela Ottiana and in the film that would be his breakthrough, Cary Grant as a Salvation Army worker who's not all he seems. Mae personally picked Grant for his role, he was a young Paramount contract player beginning to get some notice. But as I said before in my review of I'm No Angel, this is not a Cary Grant film, this is a Mae West film.

Mae besides being one of the great sex symbols of the last century had a great memory and eye for detail of the bawdy Bowery of her youth. Good thing she came along before The Code was put in place. Her first films are her best, The Code definitely hampered her style.

And Mae West if she had anything, had style.


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