She Done Him Wrong (1933)

LOWELL SHERMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  .  Screenplay by , based on the play Diamond Lil by Mae West.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1932/33.

Mae West made a terrific splash into the world of cinema with her first starring role. Based on her own play Diamond Lil, it tells of a sexy saloon gal who is known for her voluptuous frame, acid-tongued wit and the fact that she drives men wild. Living a life that affords her all the sparkling diamonds her heart desires, she thinks all is grand until trouble enters the picture, primarily in two forces. The first is her ex-boyfriend, who has just broken out of jail and plans on finding out if she’s been faithful to him or not (guess which is the answer); the second is an undercover policeman who has been investigating her saloon in order to break up a slavery ring that has been going on under her nose without her being the least bit aware of it.  Cary Grant has some great moments with West as a mild-mannered preacher from the mission next door who captures her fancy; it is to him that she utters her most famous line “Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?” Lots of hilarity and terrific dialogue, featuring quite a bit of story for something that only takes up sixty-odd minutes of your time.

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