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  • Actors: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery
  • Directors: Lowell Sherman
  • Writers: Mae West, Harvey F. Thew, John Bright
  • Producers: William LeBaron
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Uca Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 469 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EBP02I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,251 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Six films starring the iconic screen goddess Mae West. In 'My Little Chickadee' (1940), West stars alongside W.C. Fields as goodtime-girl Flower Belle Lee, who is run out of a small town in the Old West. On the train she meets conman Cuthbert J. Twillie (Fields) and marries him to make herself respectable. When they arrive in Greasewood City, Twillie is made sherrif by a corrupt town boss, and the couple introduce their own rowdy style to the straightlaced town. In 'She Done Him Wrong' (1933), West plays Lady Lou, a nightclub owner worried about the return of her criminal boyfriend, who knows that she hasn't exactly been faithful in his absence. Fortunately help is on hand in the form of temperance leader Captain Cummings (Cary Grant). In 'I'm No Angel' (1933), millionaire Kirk Lawrence (Kent Taylor) falls for bewitching circus performer Tira (West), but she falls in love with Kirk's business partner Jack (Grant). When Jack breaks off the affair, Tira sues him for breach of contract and subjects him to an excoriating cross-examination. In 'Klondike Annie' (1936), Rose (West) is the mistress of possessive Chinese businessman Chan Lo (Harold Huber). When she escapes San Francisco's Chinatown for the Alaskan goldrush, Rose falls in with straightlaced nun Sister Annie (Helen Jerome Eddy), and the two form an unlikely friendship. When Annie dies of illness, ship's captain Bull Brackett (Victor McLaglen) learns that Rose is wanted for murder, and helps her swap identities with her dead friend so she can start over again. 'Belle of the Nineties' (1934) is a musical comedy starring West as burlesque singer Ruby Carter, as she tries to avoid the attentions of prize fighter Tiger Kid (Roger Pryor). When Tiger and one of his buddies come up with a plan to steal some of Ruby's jewellery, they soon realise that they've underestimated the singer completely. Finally, in 'The Heat's On' (1943), West plays faded actress Fay Lawrence, who tries to reinvent her career by appearing in the musical Tropicana.

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In her first starring film vehicle, She Done Him Wrong, Mae West is Lady Lou, a saloon singer and "slick article" who drives every man who sees her mad with desire. She positively oozes sex, but always with sly, self-mocking humor. Lady Lou remarking on the nude painting of her hanging over the bar: "I gotta admit that is a flash, but I do wish Gus hadn't hung it over the free lunch." West warbles several numbers in her Brooklyn-accented, sweetly nasal voice, accompanied by her famous suggestive roll of the eye and flip of the hip: "Frankie and Johnny," "Easy Rider," and "A Guy What Takes His Time."

Based on West's Broadway play Diamond Lil, the film is set in the Gay '90s, "a lusty, brawling, florid decade, when there were handlebars on lip and wheel and legs were confidential." The corny plot involves the eternal male rivalry for Mae's favors, as well as a white slavery ring that is shipping unsuspecting girls to the Barbary Coast. But the movie's real treat is the cat-and-mouse game between West's Lady Lou and the Hawk, a detective disguised as a missionary, played by a devastatingly handsome young Cary Grant. West: "Why don't you come up some time, see me? I'm here every night." Grant: "Yeah, but I'm busy every night." West: "What're you tryin' to do, insult me?... You can be had."

In She Done Him Wrong, Mae West is absolutely in her prime. Her one-of-a-kind intermarriage of eroticism and humor, worldly wisdom and scalding wit are presented with perfect panache. --Laura Mirsky --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lanyon on 19 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
The mistress of the one liner, Mae West once said "It's better to be looked over than overlooked". Now at this bargain Amazon price you have no excuse for overlooking one of the great film stars of the 1930s. She was more than that, of course. A woman who did things her way in the male dominated film industry; writing her own scripts, selecting her co-stars like Cary Grant and having the last word with her Directors.

As a result she only made 12 films in her entire career but the best - and funniest - are in this box set. 'She Done Him Wrong' and 'I'm No Angel' both co-starring Cary Grant allegedly saved Paramount Pictures from bankruptcy and were among the top ten box office attractions of 1933. In the first she plays a night club singer in the 1890s (Admirer: I've heard so much about you. Mae: Yeah but you can't prove it!) and in the second she is a lion tamer who makes good (It's not the men in my life that counts, it's the life in my men).

The follow up films 'Belle Of The Nineties' (A man in the house is worth two on the street) and 'Klondike Annie' (When I'm caught between two evils, I generally pick the one I never tried before) got her into trouble with the censors. In the latter film Mae played a thinly disguised Salvation Army captain (Man: If you need anything, yell for it. Mae: You mean you have to yell for it?) and upset the Catholic League of Decency. After that she had to water down her scripts and found it harder to make films.

In 1941 she memorably co-starred with WC Fields in 'My Little Chickadee', a comedy western (Sheriff: I wonder what kind of a woman you really are? Mae: Too bad but I don't give out samples). The last film in this set 'The Heat's On' was made in 1943 and was her first flop.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Desjardins on 1 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
This Mae West Box Set is an essential addition to any film buff's collection who love sassy comedy and timeless good humor. West's signature films are well known and this reviewer will focus his comments on one of the least known of all her film output, the 1943 comedy, "The Heat's On."
Seldom seen, and universally panned by critics at the time of its original release, its still able to generate some heat today, mostly due to several stunning musical numbers.
It's a lot of fun, Mae looked fabulous it in, perhaps the most beautiful of all her films. She looked incredibly trim and adopted a current hair style which suited her very well. Her musical numbers were top notch, the only problem being the most dramatic musical production, the "Lure" number was deemed too disturbing to censors and was cut from the film. West wears a very risque outfit, which she would be wearing when the police were supposed to have raided her show. The dress was entirely made of coruscating blue sequins, except for portions of skin-colored net intended to photograph as real flesh. The outfit featured a fantastic headdress in the form of a coiled snake, studded with blue sequins, its glittering head spitting out at me. From behind the snake a mass of peacock feathers spread in all directions. Over her forehead swung three strands of large, fake pearls. Under her chin, from ear to ear, dangled three more strands of pearls.
Stills that survive of this stunning gown attest to the high camp appeal the scene likely would have generated if it hadn't been excised. Ironically, when the video version of the film was finally released in 1993 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of West's birth, the packaging featured a still from the deleted scene, her Lucite finger nails predating Edward Scissorhands' claws.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2011
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Mae West {Lady Lou} brings her controversial 1920s play, Diamond Lil, to the big silver screen, the final result is a Will H Hays baiting pudding of delights. Hays of course is the man who was determined to protect America from any form of cinema he deemed indecent. As the Motion Picture Production Code started flexing its muscles, West reluctantly agreed to tone down aspects of the story, agreeing to focus more on the comedy aspects than the heated and sweaty melodrama of the source. But Mae West was one intelligent woman, portraying Lady Lou as a vampish, but totally liberated woman, she managed to mislead the censors with a number of thinly veiled innuendos, each one a classic zinger to be cherished upon each and every viewing.

It's naturally West's show all the way, big swivelling hips and a tongue so sharp you could skewer kebabs on it, but she's well served by Cary Grant and Owen Moore. Both men contribute highly to the nature of the beast and in Grant's case, propelling him into the upper tier of the acting ranks in the process. Made for just under $200,000, She Done Him Wrong went on to make an incredible $3 million worldwide, just one more testament to the unique and quite wonderful talent of one Mae West, "why don't you come up some time and see me" indeed. 7.5/10
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Sibanda on 8 May 2010
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I've been a fan of Mae West for some time and when I came across this offer, I couldn't resist. The boxset comes with three dvd cases each with two discs inside. The films included are as follows:
SHE DONE HIM WRONG
I'M NO ANGEL
MY LITTLE CHICKADEE
KLONDIKE ANNIE
THE HEAT'S ON
BELLE OF THE NINETIES

All movies are in black and white and roughly 1hr 15min each. quick and to the point. She's as witty as ever and her costumes are gorgeous. I'd recommend you to watch these on a dark rainy day with a cup of hot chocolate whilst tucked under a big fluffy duvet.
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