She Done Him Wrong

She Done Him Wrong

DVD - 2008
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A brash saloon singer, with a penchant for troubled men is hopelessly reformed by a mission director.
Publisher: Toronto : Universal Studios Canada, c2008
Branch Call Number: DVD 812.54 West 3558
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (65 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,12 cm., in container

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Nov 08, 2016

In this completely contrived, 1933, star-vehicle (which was adapted from Mae West's Broadway play) - West (40 at the time) played Lady Lou, the quintessential "whore-with-a-heart-of-gold". (Yawn!)

With hips that rivalled those of an overweight rhino - West (a total clothes-horse) repeatedly struck me as resembling the likes of Porky Pig in drag rather than looking like an actual woman.

If you ask me - I think that Mae West (who's the epitome of the "one-note" actress) was pure vulgarity personified. Not only was she a terrible performer. But she couldn't sing worth a damn. And, when it came to delivering her famous "innuendo-loaded" one-liners, she made me absolutely cringe, big-time.

With this film now being 83 years old - I really did try to cut it some slack - But, believe me - I found Mae West to be so downright revolting that only a measly 1-star rating was the best that I could do here.

And, on top of all of that - This film's story ended on such a despicable "bum-note" that it actually made my skin crawl, like you wouldn't believe... The only thing that I was thankful for was that this unendurable picture only had a 65-minute running time.... Wow! What a relief that was!!

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Nursebob
Dec 14, 2015

Set in the 1890’s this screen adaptation of the infamous stage play "Diamond Lil" faithfully recreates a bygone New York, if only for a few brief scenes, but time has rendered its raciness quaint while West’s scandalous double entendres would probably fly right over the heads of today’s target movie demographic (although they may bristle at the black maid’s racist caricature). There will never be another Mae West however, and that makes it a classic in its own right.

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riita
Dec 15, 2014

Mae West at her best. Boy some of those comments and flirtations of her's were pretty bold for those days. No wonder they had to start a code system.

All in all a good movie and nothing too racy that would shock kids these days. Mild by our standards these days.

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garycornell
Jul 22, 2014

Mae West carries "She Done Him Wrong" with her acting and singing. I understand she even wrote the script. She didn't write the song "I like a Man Who Takes His Time", but she sure knocks it out of the park. A young Cary Grant pursues Mae, but so do most of the men in the movie. Mae is a hard woman to tie down to one man. Delightful comedy and a refreshing bit of humor from the one and only Mae West!

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Isley
Jul 02, 2014

The sheer audacity of this brilliant pre-code film will leave you reeling. Not that the quality of the filmmaking really matters since West packs it with enough razor sharp one-liners to put a Groucho/Woody love child to shame.

I don't understand a comment like "...badly dated..." especially in regard to this film which is a peek back in the past more sure than any time machine might presume to bring us.

Mae West is a character but I don't know enough about her to determine how much she embodies the character she plays as opposed to just being herself. That's the tragedy of all the years in between this film's time and our time.

It's an interesting film with plots and turns, Cary Grant is one of the stars and the plot is of a woman in a public house who lives the high life until it all comes crashing down and she is led away (whether to prison or to marriage is open to question).

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lukasevansherman
Dec 04, 2013

Somehow you can know the Mae West persona without having seen any of her movies. Along with "My Little Chickadee," in which she co-starred with W.C. Fields, this is her best known film. She adapted it from her play and it features the famous (and misquoted) line "Why don't you come up sometime and see me." It stirred up some controversy when released, but you'd be hard pressed to figure out why. It's badly dated, but of some historic importance. Cary Grant has one of his earliest roles here.

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