Mae West:The Glamour Collection (DVD)
About 7 hours.
- Feature Film
Originally produced as American motion pictures in 1932 (Night After Night), 1933 (I'm No Angel), 1935 (Goin' To Town), 1936 (Go West Young Man), and 1940 (My Little Chickadee).
Mae West had an inexhaustibly playful interest in language, and a rare, sometimes perplexing, and even lofty wit, spiced by low-down slang. Well before the second wave of feminism, she wrote all her own material, insisted on total control of her work, and was wildly popular for a short time, right before the Production Code lowered the boom on adult attitudes being expressed in films. She made only 12 movies, but three are first-rate, and these were enough to seal her fame and launch a legend. In her first film appearance, "Night After Night," a successful ex-boxer buys a high-class speakeasy and falls for a rich society girl. As the bold Tira in "I'm No Angel," she works as a dancing beauty and lion tamer at a fair. For "Goin' To Town," West goes Western. Cleo Borden is a former dance hall queen who has become newly rich. She falls for--and pursues--an upper crust Englishman. This is followed by "Go West Young Man," where she plays Mavis Arden, a movie star stranded in the country. To stifle her boredom, she trifles with a young man's affections. "My Little Chickadee" pairs West with a legend of similar stature, W.C. Fields. As Flower Belle Lee, she is rightly suspected of illicit relations with the Masked Bandit, and run out of Little Bend. Surprisingly, things change very little when she arrives in Greasewood City to start over.
Night after Night: Photographed by Ernest Haller, continuity by Kathryn Scola.
I'm No Angel: Photographed by Leo Tover, music by Harvey Brooks, lyrics by Gladys duBois and Ben Ellison, suggestions by Lowell Brentano, continuity by Harlan Thompson.
Goin' To Town: Photographed by Karl Struss, music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Irving Kahal, Mae West's costumes designed by Travis Banton.
Go West Young Man: Photographed by Karl Struss, music by Arthur Johnston, lyrics by John Burke, editing by Ray Curtiss, art direction by Wiard Ihner, gowns by Irene Jones.
My Little Chickadee: Photography directing by Joseph Valentine; art directing by Jack Otterson, film editing by Edward Curtiss, gowns by Vera West, musical directing by Charles Previn, musical score by Frank Skinner.