Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1935. Emanuel Cohen Productions. Story by Marion Morgan, George B. Dowell, Screenplay by Mae West. Cinematography by Karl Struss. Produced by William LeBaron. Music by John Leipold, Stephan Pasternacki, Tom Satterfield. Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Usher. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by LeRoy Stone.
“What excuse does a gal like you have for runnin’ around single?” “Mmm, I was born that way!” Just one of the great examples of the witty one-liners that bubble over in this adorable charmer starring Mae West, who also wrote the screenplay. She plays yet another saloon gal who loses a bet and marries a rancher, only to have him die right before the wedding but not before signing his entire multi-million dollar estate to her. In running her new properties she meets the man hired to oversee her oil rigs and falls in love with him, but he’s too proper and posh to lower himself to a woman of her sort. Unfortunately, this gal who says she’s a “good woman for a bad man” doesn’t take no for an answer, so she follows him to Buenos Aires and gets herself into “High Society” in an effort to prove she’s good enough. Lots of laughs, a few good songs and a whole heck of a lot of brilliance from this one-woman sexual revolution, who defies many of today’s conventions, let alone yesteryear’s, with her aggressive attitude towards the helpless boys who just can’t resist her powerful charms.