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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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Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. . It was first released on DVD 7 August 2012 as one of 4 titles in TCM's 1930's Universal Rarities Collection and again 8 March 2016 as one of nine titles in Universal's Mae West: The Essential Collection. 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

Ruby Carter: Better to be looked over than overlooked.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

When a St. Louis Woman Goes Down to New Orleans
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Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Performed by Mae West
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Classic Mae West
4 March 2002 | by burgemcSee all my reviews

This movie is classic Mae West, full of one-liners with carefully disguised meanings to escape the censors. It's interesting to note that this is the movie where she really began to fight with the Hays Office and the Breen Office to get her movie past the censors...She had to change the title from "It's No Sin" (people picketed in the streets with signs that said, "Yes, It Is"). Therefore, this movie could be seen by some as not quite as good as her 3 previous movies. However, it is still a gem from Mae's classic period. Everyone should see a Mae West movie at least once...


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