“When women go wrong, men go right after them.”
Diamond Lil (Mae West) works in the saloon of her benefactor Gus (Noah Beery, Sr.), who secretly traffics in white slavery and counterfeiting. Meanwhile, an undercover cop posing as a Salvation Army captain (Cary Grant) tries to arrest Gus and his cronies.
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this classic Mae West vehicle “is not the comedy masterpiece that many critics contend it to be.” Nonetheless, West is a pleasure to watch as she sashays around the saloon flinging one-liners and swaying her ample hips — as Matthew Wilder notes in his City Pages review (see link below), the fun in this movie “lies in how extremely West perforates the goody-gumdrop female persona of her era”. You’ll enjoy the quips, but forget the plot immediately.
- Cary Grant in his first major role
- Mae drawling one of the most (mis)quoted lines in movie history: “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?”
- Plenty of memorable quips: “I wasn’t always rich. No, there was a time I didn’t know where my next husband was coming from.”
Yes. As one of the key movies which prompted the formation of the Hays Production Code, it’s a part of cinematic history film fanatics shouldn’t miss.
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)