MY LITTLE CHICKADEE

Director Edward F. Cline
Year 1940
Starring Mae West, W.C. Fields
Run Time 83min
More Info IMDb

This screening is part of our June salute to dynamic duos in cinema!

In one of the greatest pairings in comedy history, cranky, drunken misanthrope W.C. Fields meets his match in the sassy Mae West. These two comedic forces collide in a rampage of Old West hijinks and outrageous double entendres. This is the sort of timeless pleasure that exists for one reason only... to make people happy.

Mae West is Flowerbelle Lee, a self-reliant woman who is abducted by the mysterious Masked Bandit during a stagecoach holdup. After an illicit night spent with the bandit, Flowerbelle is run out of town and sent to Greasewood City where she can become "married and respectable." She meets flimflam man Cuthbert J. Twillie (Fields) on the train and immediately falls in love with his money. Many elaborate set pieces and plot twists later, Flowerbelle is knee deep in men and Twillie's on the gallows. "I'd like to see Paris before I die," he laments. "Philadelphia will do!"

West superbly delivers her sexual burlesque humor full of double-entendres, swagger and wisecracks; while Fields masterfully runs through his arsenal of witty ad libs and drunken scam artist routines. Apart from some unforgivable racism against native Americans, this movie is true fun.

The script is credited to Mae West and W.C. Fields, though it almost all comes from West. Despite a contentious personal relationship, Fields agrees that West captured his character better than perhaps any other writer. The film's at its funniest when the two leads are set free to do their schtick. "If a thing is worth having, it's worth cheating for!"

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