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Apr 302021
 

The Man from AcapulcoShe Done Him Wrong (Special Edition)
4K Restoration
Street Date: 6/29/21
Label: KL Studio Classics
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1933
Rating: NR
Runtime: 66
Director: Lowell Sherman
Actors: Mae West, Cary Grant, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery, Owen Moore, David Landau
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This is the story of Lady Lou (Mae West, I’m No Angel)—a bawdy nightclub singer in the 1890s, who spends most of her time tossing witty barbs at the overheated clientele. With her old man locked up in the slammer, Lou is forced to amuse herself with the legions of men fighting for her attentions. She keeps her many admirers at arm’s length,

even if she does accept the generous diamond-studded gifts they bestow upon her. But the tough cookie soon finds her heart melting for a handsome young man who works at the local mission. Based on West’s play Diamond Lil, She Done Him Wrong co-stars screen legend Cary Grant (Notorious) with Gilbert Roland (Thunder Bay) and Noah Beery (Wings of the Hawk). With wonderful direction by Lowell Sherman (The Pay-Off), She Done Him Wrong earned a 1934 Best Picture Oscar nomination.

Bonus Features: 4K Restoration | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle | Introduction by Turner Classic Movies Host Robert Osborne | Bonus Cartoon: “She Done Him Right” | 6 Mae West Trailers

I’m No Angel
Street Date: 6/29/21
Label: KL Studio Classics
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1933
Rating: NR
Runtime:87
Director: Wesley Ruggles
Actors: Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff, Edward Arnold, Kent Taylor, Gertrude Michael
Black & White

Screen legends Mae West (Belle of the Nineties) and Cary Grant (She Done Him Wrong) star in the sizzling Pre-Code comedy I’m No Angel, about a carnival performer with greater aspirations…wealthy men! In addition to circus acts, Tira (West) performs some questionable business maneuvers and takes a job as a lion tamer to escape jail. After Tira’s first show catapults her to stardom, she attracts the attention of the wealthy Kirk Lawrence (Kent Taylor, The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues) who happens to be engaged. His business partner, Jack Clayton (Grant), blows his friend’s cover and begins a romance with Tira. This time, Tira is in love for real and is devastated when a misunderstanding causes Jack to break off the affair. Serving as her own counsel, Tira sues Jack for breach of contract and takes him through a cross-examination he’ll never forget! Written by West and directed by Wesley Ruggles (No Man of Her Own).

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan | 6 Mae West Trailers

Belle of the Nineties
Street Date: 6/29/21
Label: KL Studio Classics
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1934
Rating: NR
Runtime: 73
Director: Leo McCarey
Actors: Mae West, Johnny Mack Brown, Duke Ellington,
Katherine DeMille, Roger Pryor, John Mijian
Black & White

Ruby Carter (the flawless Mae West, She Done Him Wrong), the night club sensation of St. Louis, relocates to New Orleans and becomes the prize attraction of “The Sensation Club.” West’s risqué brand of humor and naughty musical numbers enliven a plot that involves jewel thieves, a fixed boxing match and murder. Co written by West, directed by the great Leo McCarey (Duck Soup, The Awful Truth, Going My Way) and featuring Duke Ellington and His Orchestra who provide musical accompaniment for several of West’s songs.

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan | 6 Mae West Trailers

Goin’ To Town
Street Date: 6/29/21
Label: KL Studio Classics
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1935
Rating: NR
Runtime: 71
Director: Alexander Hall
Actors: Mae West, Paul Cavanagh, Gilbert Emery, Marjorie Gateson, Tito Coral, Grant Withers
Black & White

Screen legend Mae West (I’m No Angel) shines as a saloon girl turned devilish debutante in her first western comedy, Goin’ to Town. Bride-to-be Cleo Borden (West) suddenly becomes the benefactor of her fiancé’s ranch and oil business after a fatal shootout. Now a rich woman, she sets out to oversee the ranch and is met with disdain by British oil expert Edward Carrington (Paul Cavanagh, A Bill of Divorcement). Sensing a challenge, Cleo takes a crash course in culture to get his attention. Her first test comes when she follows Edward to Buenos Aires where she successfully mingles with society’s elite in the glamorous world of horseracing. The toast of all men (except the one she’s after), Cleo agrees to marry affluent Fletcher Colton (Monroe Owsley, Indiscreet) but soon learns of his dangerously obsessive gambling habits. Co-written by West and directed by Alexander Hall (Here Comes Mr. Jordan).

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger | 6 Mae West Trailers

klondike annieKlondike Annie
Street Date: 6/29/21
Label: KL Studio Classics
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1936
Rating: NR
Runtime:80
Director: Raoul Walsh
Actors: Mae West, Victor McLaglen, Phillip Reed, Helen Jerome Eddy, Harry Beresford, Harold Huber
Black & White

The glamorous Mae West (My Little Chickadee) stars as a “kept” woman who flees to Alaska and the Gold Rush of the 1890s in Klondike Annie. After the beautiful Rose Carlton (West) escapes from the clutches of the wealthy and possessive Chan Lo (Harold Huber, The Thin Man), she finds herself on a ship bound for greater pastures. The ship’s captain, Bull Brackett (Victor McLaglen, The Informer), instantly falls for Rose but she is distracted by her new cabin mate, Sister Annie Alden (Helen Jerome Eddy, Madame Butterfly). Exchanging philosophies, the unlikely pair develop a meaningful friendship before Sister Annie becomes sick and passes on. In desperation, as her past starts to catch up with her, Rose changes her identity with her deceased friend and is inspired to a new calling. West is at her best as she brings the immoral townspeople to their knees with her unconventional style of evangelism in this spirited tale of divine transformation. Co-written by West and directed by the great Raoul Walsh (The World in His Arms, White Heat).

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson | 6 Mae West Trailers

go west young man.jpgGo West Young Man
Street Date: 6/29/21
Label: KL Studio Classics
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1936
Rating: NR
Runtime:79
Director: Henry Hathaway
Actors: Mae West, Randolph Scott, Warren William,
Alice Brady, Elizabeth Patterson, Lyle Talbot
Black & White

Screen legend Mae West (I’m No Angel) stars in the screwball comedy Go West Young Man, about a frustrated actress whose amorous desires keep getting her in trouble. Movie star Mavis Arden (West) is bound by a contract stating that she cannot marry for five years, which her press agent Morgan (Warren William, Employees’ Entrance) strictly enforces. While on a publicity tour, their car breaks down and leaves them stuck in a boarding house full of odd characters. One in particular catches Mavis’ eye—the robust farmhand Bud (Randolph Scott, Western Union). Mavis seductively pursues Bud and quickly learns the ramifications of small- town gossip. Mayhem mounts as police, following a tip, suspect Mavis has been kidnapped by Morgan. Enjoying her chance to get even, she concedes to having Morgan arrested, but he has got a confession that even she did not bargain for! Screenplay by West and wonderful direction by the great Henry Hathaway (The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The Shepherd of the Hills, Rawhide).

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Author/Film Historian Lee Gambin | 6 Mae West Trailer

mae west every days holidatyEvery Day’s a Holiday
Street Date: 6/29/21
Label: KL Studio Classics
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1937
Rating: NR
Runtime: 79
Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Actors: Mae West, Edmund Lowe, Charles Butterworth, Charles Winninger, Lloyd Nolan, Louis Armstrong
Black & White

The impeccable Mae West (She Done Him Wrong) is Peaches O’Day, a con artist who befriends Captain Jim McCarey (Edmund Lowe, Chandu the Magician), 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 the show, crooked mayoral candidate John Quade (Lloyd Nolan, The House on 92nd Street) 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. With the help of jazz great Louis Armstrong (A Man Called Adam) on trumpet, an enthusiastic Mae rallies the crowd to “Laugh, Sing and Vote!” in a delightful final scene. Written by West and directed by A. Edward Sutherland (It’s the Old Army Game).

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger | 6 Mae West Trailers

my little chickadeeMy Little Chickadee
Street Date: 6/29/21
Label: KL Studio Classics
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1940
Rating: NR
Runtime:83
Director: Edward F. Cline
Actors: Mae West, W.C. Fields, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran, Margaret Hamilton, Ruth Donnelly
Black & White

The inimitable Mae West (Klondike Annie) portrays the voluptuous Flower Belle Lee, whose reputation is tarnished when she is seen embracing a masked bandit in her bedroom. Forced to leave town until she can prove she is respectable—and married—Flower Belle boards a train where she meets the incorrigible Cuthbert J. Twillie (W.C. Fields, Running Wild). Believing he’s quite a catch, Flower Belle accepts Twillie’s marriage proposal. The newlyweds stop in the town of Greasewood where Twillie’s exaggerated tales of adventure earn him the honor of becoming the sheriff of the town and bartender at “The Last Gasp” saloon. My Little Chickadee was written by its legendary stars Mae West and W.C. Fields, with wonderful direction by Edward F. Cline (Never Give a Sucker an Even Break).

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson | 6 Mae West Trailers

night after nightNight After Night
Street Date: 6/29/21
Label: KL Studio Classics
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1932
Rating: NR
Runtime: 73
Director: Archie Mayo
Actors: Mae West, George Raft, Constance Cummings, Wynne Gibson, Louis Calhern, Alison Skipworth
Black & White

Screen greats George Raft (Spawn of the North) and Mae West (She Done Him Wrong) star in the Pre-Code drama Night After Night, about a speakeasy owner with a colorful past. Joe Anton (Raft), an ex-thug intent on losing his street-smart manner, hires a proper spinster named Mabel (Alison Skipworth, The Song of Songs) to accompany him and Miss Healy (Constance Cummings, The Battle of the Sexes) to dinner at his swanky establishment. Complicating matters, his flamboyant ex- girlfriend, Maudie Triplett (West), breezes over to their table and innocently begins to expose Joe’s past. Making her screen debut, Mae West delighted audiences with her wit, beauty and charm, thus launching her career as one of the most unforgettable Hollywood icons of all time. Co- starring Louis Calhern (The Magnificent Yankee) and wonderfully directed by Archie Mayo (The Petrified Forest).

Bonus Features: NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson | 6 Mae West Trailers

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