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She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, History | 9 February 1933 (USA)
In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member.

Director:

Lowell Sherman

Writers:

Mae West (by), Harvey F. Thew (screen play) (as Harvey Thew) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mae West ... Lady Lou
Cary Grant ... Captain Cummings
Owen Moore ... Chick Clark
Gilbert Roland ... Serge Stanieff
Noah Beery ... Gus Jordan (as Noah Beery Sr.)
David Landau ... Dan Flynn
Rafaela Ottiano ... Russian Rita
Dewey Robinson ... Spider Kane
Rochelle Hudson ... Sally
Tammany Young ... Chuck Connors
Fuzzy Knight ... Rag Time Kelly
Grace La Rue Grace La Rue ... Frances
Robert Homans ... Doheney (as Robert E. Homans)
Louise Beavers ... Pearl
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Storyline

New York singer and nightclub owner Lady Lou has more men friends than you can imagine, unfortunately one of them is a vicious criminal who's escaped and is on the way to see "his" girl, not realizing she hasn't exactly been faithful in his absence. Help is at hand in the form of young Captain Cummings, a local temperance league leader, though. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

"YOU CAN BE HAD!" she told him! (Print Ad- The Dispatch, ((Lexington, NC)) 6 February 1933)


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diamond Lil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

The way Lou holds her cane changes, as she exits the easy rider song. See more »

Quotes

Lady Lou: Yes, I wasn't always rich.
Pearl: No?
Lady Lou: No, there was a time I didn't know where my next husband was coming from.
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Alternate Versions

Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania removed the song "A Guy What Takes His Time". Will H. Hays and Adolph Zukor went to New York to edit the song to an entrance by Mae West, one opening verse, and one closing verse to lessen the suggestiveness. Despite this, Ohio and Pennsylvania cut all of West's one liners. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: Fields of Honey (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Pop Goes the Weasel
(uncredited)
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Part of a medley of music in the opening scenes
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One of the all time greats, and Mae's only Academy nod.
17 May 2000 | by nlangdonSee all my reviews

It appears that some modern day critics have forgotten what a great period film is all about. This very authentic replica of the Gay Nineties (1890s) is accurate right down to the horse hair furniture, gas lamps, Brooklyn accents and costumes. It was adapted from Mae West's Broadway hit "Diamond Lil" and coupled with West's other 1933 hit (I'm No Angel), saved Paramount from bankruptcy. The film was so loved by audiences that midnight showings were needed to accommodate the crowds, and it was so lurid that seven countries banned the film altogether. It was nominated for the best picture of 1933 and was West's favorite of all her twelve films. The film introduced the famed line (although it's uttered slightly different in the movie) "Come up and see me sometime." Some of Mae's funniest work is here, and she sings three great tunes. Edith Head did all the costumes and Lowell Sherman directed. Modern times have dulled the bluntness of this film, but be assured, it was an eye-popper in 1933.


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