Mae West

Mae West

The Glamour Collection

DVD - 2006
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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.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2006], ©2006
ISBN: 9781417069927
1417069929
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ma
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 417 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in

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ThomasJWhiting
Oct 29, 2016

GOOD collection of 5 Mae West films. She can be a little over whack but still funny (and fun to watch, even as a bit hefty lady in her 40's). She's was apparently a bit of inspiration for performers like Madonna and particularly Lady Gaga.

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Gizmo_Joe
Oct 24, 2016

Yes. I'm in total agreement with ManMachine's comments below - I also find that I can only take Mae West's "come-up-and-see-me-sometime" schtick in very small doses. Because of these films' time-line they may appeal to certain viewers more than others.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 13, 2013

To be honest, I find that I can only take the screen-persona of Mae West (which is almost over-bearing at times) in very small doses._____ It's not only her dolled-up, over-lacquered looks that I don't find very attracive (it's the same case with any woman), but it's also the annoyingly "affected" way in which she delivers her racy lines (she's nearly impossible to understand at times) that quickly grates on my nerves._____ I guess that back in her hey-day the audience just loved Mae West for all of the implied sexual innuendo which she'd inject into her dialogue, but I found that it's now very dated and has a tendency to become a bore far too often._____ All filmed in b&w, this 2-DVD set contains 5 Mae West comedies from between the years of 1932 - 1940.

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