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Set in New York City, Mae West is Peaches O'Day, a con artist who befriends Captain Jim McCarey (Edmund Lowe), a cop who must turn her in unless she leaves town. The clever Peaches returns transformed as sultry brunette and Parisian sensation Mademoiselle Fifi. After catching her show, crooked mayoral candidate John Quade (Lloyd Nolan) tries to close it down when Peaches demurely declines his romantic overtures. Captain McCarey jumps in the race for mayor against Quade, and the loyal Peaches fervently campaigns for him. As usual, Mae causes a commotion as she deftly maneuvers her way through a battle between the good and the corrupt.
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. Mae West's pre-code reputation apparently influenced sponsors against it, even though it's strictly post-code, and airings were few and far between. One of its earliest documented telecasts took place in Pittsburgh Monday 18 April 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 16 October 2012 as a single as part of the Universal Vault Series and again 8 March 2016 as one of nine titles in Universal's Mae West: The Essential Collection. See more »
This Mae West film starts out in the tradition of her earlier movies, with the big buildup for her character and portraying New York life at the turn of the century. The politically motivated plot is boring beyond belief but we do get enough one liners from Mae to keep a smile on our faces throughout. Mae is noticeably slimmer in this film and wears some amazing and incredible costumes. Look especially for her first stage appearance as 'Mademoiselle Fifi' and watch her cape be lifted from her shoulders to become a vast curtained backdrop to the set, revealing another sensational costume beneath. Hoisted into the air at the finale surrounded by hordes of men she is truly in her element and looks fantastic. Her 'Fifi' disguise of black wig and bizarre extended eyelashes gives her quite a different look to the Mae West we are accustomed to. Unlike her earlier films, there's not a single handsome man in the film for Mae to get any chemistry going with and no female characters with more than a word or two. If you're a Mae West fan it's worth sitting through the dire 'comic' scenes with Charles Winninger and Charles Butterworth to admire her stunning projection of camp glamour.
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