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Belle of the Nineties
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Ruby Carter (Mae West), the night club sensation of St. Louis, relocates to New Orleans and becomes the prize attraction of "The Sensation Club." West's risque brand of humor and naughty musical numbers enliven a plot that involves jewel thieves, a fixed boxing match and murder. Directed by comedy expert Leo McCarey (Duck Soup, 1933, The Awful Truth, 1937) and featuring Duke Ellington and His Orchestra who provide musical accompaniment for several of West’s songs.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.5 Ounces
- Director : Leo McCarey
- Media Format : Black & White, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 13 minutes
- Release date : February 4, 2013
- Actors : Mae West, Roger Pryor, Johnny Mack Brown
- Studio : Universal Studios
- ASIN : B00BB0FT0Y
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #94,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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One: Mae West, truly the "Belle of the Ages". She has the talent, the charm, and the style to be risque without being vulgar and yet she was censured. Modern Hollywood garbage mouths, can you say Conyea (sic) have no clue as to what being classy is all about and yet their suppose to be talented stars.
Two: I like almost all of Johnny Mack Brown's films and he's in this one as is one of his sidekicks Fuzzy Knight, another great comedian.
Three: She wrote the script for this one after the Production Code (censorship) was put into effect yet the film grossed enough money it saved Paramount Studios from bankrupsey and she made a serious bundle for herself, all before woman's lib.
Four: Great music in the film and Duke Ellington on the piano is a pleasure to listen to.
Five: Plot is not spellbinding unless your on edge to see or hear what Miss West does next but for a 70 minute film it will keep your attention.
Six: She's Irish Catholic on her father's side and German Protestant on her mother's side, just like me.
Everything else is Mae West, Mae West, May West (Kim Kardashian eat your heart out, you have NO talent) seriously, what does she do to be remotely famous.
Viva Mae West! She should have been picked for the role of Scarlett O'Hara. I can hear her now telling Clark Gable as she stands on the stairway, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a hoot".
Mae West is splendidly dressed thoughout with over the top plumes, hat's, jewels and form fitting gowns. Despite her age and size, she's quite an eye-catcher and her charming, sex-crazed personality intrigues and delights. She also sings much loved tunes such as MY OLD FLAME and ST LOUIS WOMAN backed by Duke Ellington and his orchestra.
Mae West's one-liners and innuendos were toned-down and they were no where near as sexual as in her first starring feature SHE DONE HIM WRONG. The Production Code that came in effect at around this time was pretty strict and as a result, this film was said to have been heavily edited. Some of Mae's best lines were left out and the original title IT AIN'T NO SIN was changed to the more inoffensive BELLE OF THE NINETIES. Despite all this, BELLE OF THE NINETIES still offers some of her best dialogue and witty one-liners.
When West is asked "What type of men you prefer?". She replies "Only two. Domestic and foreign."
When John Miljan goes to greet her as she exits her boat, Mae (as usual) is surrounded by men. "Take care of these men" says Miljan. Mae adds, "Yes, give them all my address."
When one of her male admirers states "Ruby I must have you. Your golden hair, your fascinating smile, your lovely arms, your form, devine". She quickly quips "What is this a proposal or are you taking inventory?."
And even her maid get's some useful advice when West tells her "Don't let a man ever put anything over on you outside of an umbrella."
And one of her best lines "Better to be looked over than over-looked" is featured here.
The curvacious blonde is all style, all substance and originality and her lines are performed with a sexual "purr" that would have even Catwoman taking notes. BELLE OF THE NINETIES is one of Mae West's most entertaining flicks. It's blown-up, brazen and pleasurable. Just like the lady herself.
Buyers, be ready to return it.