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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 »

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Mae West (story "It Ain't No Sin"), Jack Wagner (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mae West ... Ruby Carter
Roger Pryor ... Tiger Kid
Johnny Mack Brown ... Brooks Claybourne (as John Mack Brown)
John Miljan ... Ace Lamont
Katherine DeMille ... Molly Brant
Duke Ellington ... Piano Player
James Donlan James Donlan ... Kirby
Stuart Holmes ... Dirk
Harry Woods ... Slade
Edward Gargan ... Stogie
Libby Taylor Libby Taylor ... Jasmine
Warren Hymer ... St. Louis Fighter
Benny Baker ... Blackie
Morrie Cohan Morrie Cohan ... Butch
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... Comedian
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Storyline

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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Paramount's picture presented EXACTLY as it was produced! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belle of New Orleans See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

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: Great town, St. Louis. You were born here?
Ruby Carter: Yes.
Ace Lamont: What part?
Ruby Carter: Why, all of me.
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Soundtracks

My American Beauty
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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Probably okay if you like West ... I don't really
16 September 2017 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

Mae West stars as a popular nightclub entertainer who's dating a boxer. His manager hates her, and sets her up to look like she's cheating on him. To get away from a bad situation, she accepts a job in New Orleans where she becomes the toast of the town, but her boss's unwelcome attentions cause more strife. I must confess that I have never been very fond of West and this is most decidedly a showcase for her. She wrote it and is really the uncontested star. It's okay. Duke Ellington appears but is pretty decisively kept in the background.


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