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it's enough to make me avoid this temptation--unless, of course, I can't resist it,
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This review is from: My Little Chickadee [VHS] (VHS Tape)
My Little Chickadee is a very good film starring W.C. Fields and Mae West. Sure, maybe the rumors are true that they didn't like each other; but you'd never know it when you watch this movie. Their on screen chemistry is good and the plot moves along at a good pace. It held my attention every step of the way and the acting is very convincing as well.
The action begins when Flower Belle Lee (Mae West) is kidnapped by the masked bandit when he holds up her stagecoach. Amazingly enough, Flower Belle returns that night unharmed--and a love affair starts to blossom between her and the masked bandit! He has even given Flower Belle some of the gold he stole from the stagecoach. The people of Little Bend finally give up on Flower Belle when she is caught after she obviously had another tryst with the masked bandit. She is not allowed to return to Little Bend until she is "respectable"--and married.
Flower Belle boards the train to Greasewood with her escort Mrs. Gideon (Margaret Hamilton) and she fakes a marriage along the way to a ne'er-do-well Cuthbert J. Twillie (W.C. Fields), a complete stranger she meets on the train--but she thinks Cuthbert has money so they have a wedding with a fake preacher just so Flower Belle can get her hands on that money--and she does, only to find out it was as fake as her marriage to Twillie! Flower Belle has some time avoiding Twillie who wants to consummate their "marriage;" but true to form Flower Belle always manages to get out of THAT situation.
Moreover, Flower Belle meets two men in Greasewood who catch her eye--the straight and narrow good guy Wayne Carter (Dick Foran) and the owner of a huge saloon and party club, Jeff Badger (Joseph Calleia). All sorts of interesting scenes ensue as the two men pursue Flower Belle and flirt with her even though they still think she is actually married to Twillie. Badger even makes Twillie the town's new sheriff because that's the quickest way to bump him off--and get Flower Belle to be his wife!
Of course, from here the plot can go anywhere. Will Twillie survive being sheriff? Will Flower Belle eventually be free of Twillie to marry either Badger or Wayne Carter? What about Mrs. Gideon--will she cause trouble for Flower Belle as she flirts with all these men? No plot spoilers here, folks--watch the movie and find out.
Of course, this VHS tape has no extras. This movie is available on a DVD set called Mae West - The Glamour Collection; but even there according to the reviewers there is only the extra of the original trailer for this movie.
My Little Chickadee is an entertaining film with lots of action, comedy, suspense and great acting. Mae West and W.C. Fields fans will love this film; and fans of classic movies in general will also enjoy this movie.
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Initial post: Jun 1, 2008 6:46:37 AM PDT
Great review of one of my favorites. Just one thing. This film is also available in Vol. 1 of "The W.C. Fields Collection".
Posted on Jun 1, 2008 7:26:47 AM PDT
Matthew G. Sherwin says:
Ah, you always know these things. I only now remember that I did notice that as well; but I forgot to enter it into my review. Thanks!
Best regards, Matt
Posted on Jun 1, 2008 7:42:35 AM PDT
Judy K. Polhemus says:
Well, Matt, after the last movie choice, I expected something similar! How much different could you be in your selection!!! Wow! This is the first time I have ever read a review of any of either of these actors' movies. So thanks, what a treat!
Posted on Jun 1, 2008 6:33:52 PM PDT
Linda Bulger says:
Very nice find! I don't know this movie but it looks like a feel-good classic.
Posted on Jun 1, 2008 8:59:32 PM PDT
betty l. dravis says:
With names like Flower Lee Belle and Cuthbert J. Twillie, how could Mae West and W. C. Fields go wrong? Sounds like a classic for those days. Pretty "campy." I'd love to see this. Thanks for something 'original," MATT!
Posted on Jun 4, 2008 12:16:00 PM PDT
Rocky Raccoon says:
I've got to stop being mesmerized by these newfangled movies. Dang it. I resolve to watch a few old ones every once in a while. Magnetic review of interest.
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