Ruby Carter, the American Beauty queen of the night club-sporting world, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans (which kind of belies the Western genre designation), mostly to ... See full summary »
Set in New York City, Mae West is Peaches O'Day, a con artist who befriends Captain Jim McCarey (Edmund Lowe), a cop who must turn her in unless she leaves town. The clever Peaches returns transformed as sultry brunette and Parisian sensation Mademoiselle Fifi. After catching her show, crooked mayoral candidate John Quade (Lloyd Nolan) tries to close it down when Peaches demurely declines his romantic overtures. Captain McCarey jumps in the race for mayor against Quade, and the loyal Peaches fervently campaigns for him. As usual, Mae causes a commotion as she deftly maneuvers her way through a battle between the good and the corrupt.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Mae West's pre-code reputation apparently influenced sponsors against it, even though it's strictly post-code, and airings were few and far between. One of its earliest documented telecasts took place in Pittsburgh Monday 18 April 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 16 October 2012 as a single as part of the Universal Vault Series and again 8 March 2016 as one of nine titles in Universal's Mae West: The Essential Collection. See more »
Mae West gets a fine supporting cast for her Every Day's a Holiday
This movie turned to be the last for Mae West at Paramount. Since this was made after the Production Code went to effect, there's very little of her saucy personality but that's compensated by the supporting players who provide their own laughs, like Walter Catlett, Charles Winninger, Charles Butterworth, and Lloyd Nolan. Oh, and, Louis Armstrong has a nice appearance playing his trumpet and singing his own number "Jubilee". I laughed all the way through and was surprised to learn this spelled the end of Ms. West's association with her home studio. Either the public was tired of her or studio executives were weary of dealing with her. But, anyway, on that note, I really enjoyed Every Day's a Holiday.
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