Belle of the Nineties

Belle of the Nineties

Director: Leo McCarey Cast: Mae West, Roger Pryor, Johnny Mack Brown

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Overview

Originally titled It Ain't No Sin until the censors prevailed, then St. Louis Woman and Belle of New Orleans, until complaints were registered from those two communities, Belle of the Nineties was Mae West's first post-Production Code film. West is cast as cabaret entertainer Ruby Carter, plying her trade along the Mississippi. Having no trouble surviving on her own terms in a man's world, Ruby fends off the unwarranted attentions of a steady stream of libidinous males, reserving her affections for a muscular boxer called The Tiger Kid (Roger Pryor). In keeping with the star's casual liberality, a number of black entertainers and athletes are given ample opportunities in this film, notably Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. The surest sign that the Code had "tamed" West a bit is the fact that she actually marries the hero at film's end. The musical highlights include West's unforgettable rendition of "My Old Flame."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
UPC: 0025192139499
Original Release: 1934
Source: Universal Mod
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:13:00
Sales rank: 13,826

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mae West Ruby Carter
Roger Pryor Tiger Kid
Johnny Mack Brown Brooks Claybourne
Katherine de Mille Molly Brant
John Miljan Ace Lamont
James Donlan Kirby
Tom Herbert Gilbert
Stuart Holmes Dirk
Harry Woods Slade
Edward Gargan Stogie
Libby Taylor Jasmine
Frederick Burton Col. Claybourne
Duke Ellington Actor
Edward Hearn Actor
Mike Mazurki Actor
Walter Walker Actor
Augusta Anderson Mrs. Claybourne
Gene Austin Crooner
Ben Baker Blackie
Eddie Borden Comedian
Wade Boteler Editor
Tyler Brooke Comedian
Morrie Cohan Butch
Kay Deslys Beef Trust Chorus Girl
Sam Flint Fire Chief
Warren Hymer St. Louis Fighter
Fuzzy Knight Comedian
Sam McDaniel Brother Eben
James Pierce Actor
Frank Rice Best Man
George Walsh Leading Man

Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
William Le Baron Producer
Sam Coslow Songwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Arthur Johnston Songwriter
LeRoy Stone Editor
Karl Struss Cinematographer
Mae West Screenwriter

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