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Belle of the Nineties (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 21 September 1934 (USA)
Ruby Carter, the American Beauty queen of the night club-sporting world, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans (which kind of belies the Western genre designation), mostly to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ruby Carter
... Tiger Kid
... Brooks Claybourne (as John Mack Brown)
... Ace Lamont
... Molly Brant
... Piano Player
James Donlan ... Kirby
... Dirk
... Slade
... Stogie
Libby Taylor ... Jasmine
... St. Louis Fighter
... Blackie
Morrie Cohan ... Butch
Tyler Brooke ... Comedian
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Ruby Carter, the American Beauty queen of the night club-sporting world, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans (which kind of belies the Western genre designation), mostly to get away from prizefighter Tiger Kid. Installed as the prize attraction of "The Sensation Club", ran by Ace Lamont, she quickly becomes the toast of the town and also marked as personal property by Ace, arousing the fury of Ace's former flame, Molly Brant. The not-overly-bright Tiger comes to town and is set for a title match with the champ by Ace, while the latter also has him steal some of Ruby's jewels. Ruby, no dumb-belle, figuring Ace has the fix in on the fight, uses some of her other jewels to lay a trap for Ace. Tiger confesses, after the fight, to Ruby his role in the jewel robbery while she hints that Ace was the one who slipped him the knock-out drops. Tiger goes after Ace, who, for his own reasons, has Molly locked in a closet. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Men and women...young and old...from every walk of life...are coming up to see that scandaliz', fasicinatin' gal doing 'em wrong! (original print ad) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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21 September 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Babe Gordon  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to David Niven, this film was to have been called "It Ain't No Sin" and, as a publicity stunt, 40 parrots were trained to repeat "it ain't no sin." Then the Hays Office made the studio change the title. See more »

Goofs

The songs "Memphis Blues" and "St Louis Blues", sung by West in 1890s New Orleans, were written and published in the 1910s by W.C. Handy. See more »

Quotes

Ace Lamont: [eying Ruby] I've Thought of everything
Ruby Carter: I bet you have
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Referenced in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Troubled Waters
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Performed by Mae West and the Duke Ellington Orchestra
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Look out, Twentieth Century, here she comes!!!
3 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Mae West throws all the curves in this one as a singer (?) in the 1890s who dumps her boxer boyfriend in a mix-up and runs off to New Orleans to perform and live there. She's featured in a stunning musical number where she models a shimmering gown against which numerous costumes are superimposed by a projector! One pose has her as lady liberty. Unfortunately, this is a less liberated, somewhat cleaned-up Mae West. She still likes to have fun, and enough gags remain to make this one worth a few solid laughs. Good production by Paramount.


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