She Done Him Wrong

She Done Him Wrong

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Director: Lowell Sherman

Cast: Lowell Sherman, Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore

     
 

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"I'm the finest woman who walked the streets," declares bejeweled, hip-swishing Lady Lou (Mae West) at the beginning of She Done Him Wrong. Lou works as a singer at the Gay Nineties saloon of Gus Jordan (Noah Beery Sr.), who plies her with diamonds to keep her by his side. She runs afoul of stalwart mission captain Cummings (See more details below

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"I'm the finest woman who walked the streets," declares bejeweled, hip-swishing Lady Lou (Mae West) at the beginning of She Done Him Wrong. Lou works as a singer at the Gay Nineties saloon of Gus Jordan (Noah Beery Sr.), who plies her with diamonds to keep her by his side. She runs afoul of stalwart mission captain Cummings (Cary Grant), who warns her that she's on the road to perdition. Mae West's first starring film, She Done Him Wrong literally saved Paramount Pictures from bankruptcy. It would remain the best of her feature films, most of which were severely watered down by the Production Code (whose renewed stringency of 1933 was brought about in great part by West herself). She Done Him Wrong was based on West's own stage play, Diamond Lil, which ran on Broadway for 97 weeks. West sings "Frankie and Johnny," "I Like a Man Who Takes His Time," and "I Wonder Where My Easy Rider's Gone.""

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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
She Done Him Wrong is the best example of the screen persona of Mae West and why it has endured as a icon of comic sexuality. Adapted from West's stage play, the story is secondary to West's charismatic one-liners and simmering seductiveness. While this sort of act was popular with 1933 audiences, who had little to compare it to, current-day viewers may wonder at the furor that West's name continued to generate for decades. The supporting cast appears to be there just for show, including West's nominal co-star, Cary Grant, whom Paramount was then attempting to build into a leading man. Paramount consistently selected material for Grant that failed to showcase his talents, and he did not achieve major box-office status until after leaving the studio in 1935. She Done Him Wrong holds the unusual distinction of being nominated for an Academy Award as Best Picture without being nominated in any other category.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/1992
UPC:
0096898059732
Original Release:
1933
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mae West Lady Lou
Cary Grant Capt. Cummings
Owen Moore Chick Clark
Gilbert Roland Serge Stanieff
Rafaela Ottiano Russian Rita
David Landau Dan Flynn
Noah Beery Gus Jordan
Fuzzy Knight Rag-time Kelly
Tammany Young Chuck Connors
Dewey Robinson Spider Kane
Grace La Rue Frances
Rochelle Hudson Sally Glynn
Louise Beavers Pearl
Wade Boteler Pal
Jack Carr Patron
Mike Donlin Tout
James C. Eagles Pete
Mary Gordon Cleaning Lady
Aggie Herring Mrs. Flaherty
Lee Kohlmar Jacobson
Michael Mark Janitor
Tom McGuire Mike
Frank Moran Framed Convict
Harry Wallace Steak McGarry
Robert E. Homans Officer Doheney
Ernie S. Adams Man in Audience
Charles "Heinie" Conklin Street Cleaner
Al Hill Barfly
Arthur Houseman Bar Fly
Tom Kennedy Big Bill

Technical Credits
Lowell Sherman Director
William Le Baron Producer
John Bright Screenwriter
James Dugan Asst. Director
Al Hall Editor
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Hecht Choreography
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Ralph Rainger Score Composer
Harvey Thew Screenwriter
Robert Usher Art Director
Bob Usher Art Director
Mae West Screenwriter

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