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My Little Chickadee

1 rating: 4.0
Classics, Comedy, and Westerns movie directed by Edward F. Cline

When Columbia Pictures sought to pair Mae West and W.C. Fields in a film, neither was thrilled, but since both stars' careers were on the skids, they agreed to the project. They fought about everything: script, billing, casting, philosophy, work habits, … see full wiki

Director: Edward F. Cline
Genre: Classics, Comedy, Western
1 review about My Little Chickadee

West and Fields: the comedy dream-team?

  • Apr 8, 2008
Rating:
+4
MY LITTLE CHICKADEE paired the two great anarchic comedians of the 1930's, Mae West and W.C. Fields, for their one and only co-starring appearance. By all accounts they couldn't stand each other, but you'll get no impression of hostility while watching this breezy, infectious western comedy.

Flower Belle Lee (Mae West) is run out of town after she's seen kissing a masked bandit in her bedroom. On the train bound for the wild west city of Greasewood, she meets Cuthbert Twillie (W.C. Fields), a fast-talking con man. She brings a new meaning to the term "shotgun wedding", when, after an action-packed Indian attack, she manages to bribe a phoney minister and marry Twillie, so she can get her hands on his carpetbag stuffed with cash--later revealed to be as fake as the man carrying it! Once in Greasewood City, Flower Belle dumps her 'husband' like a sackful of potatoes, but Twillie plugs away, determined to impress his beautiful bride using any means he can...

It's not Mae West's finest hour, but MY LITTLE CHICKADEE is inexplicably one of her most popular titles. West and Fields each had screenwriting credit, and the script has lots of comic schtick so both can shine. But when they come together, it's completely charming (especially during the Indian attack, and that great scene with the goat). W.C. Fields was a compulsive drinker and would often turn up on the set with foul-smelling breath, much to the annoyance of Mae West, who refused to be subject to his drinking habit on any level. You'll notice that Fields and West never actually get very close at all in the movie. That's the reason. Mae looks a treat in her Vera West-designed costumes, and button-nosed W.C. Fields has lots of physical comedy gags.

Mae West sings "Willie of the Valley". The supporting cast includes Margaret Hamilton, Dick Foran, Joseph Calleia, Donald Meek, Ruth Donnelly, and Fuzzy Knight.

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