Production Company: Paramount
Top Billed Actors: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore
IMDb Rating: 6.5
*Best Picture Nominee*
Won 0 Oscars
Nominated for 1 more:
Plot: A woman obsessed with diamonds goes through her roulette wheel of men in between singing sexy songs.
This film has many historical implications but how does it fare as a Best Picture nominee? For one, the pace of the movie is fast and it is always entertaining. The short length aids this as issues have to be resolved fast. I enjoy when significant events happen in successive order like this. Grant's acting is also very good. He doesn't have a huge starring role here but it is easy to see just why he becomes the huge star we all know. I also like the glimpse of life in the 1890s. The movie takes place primarily in a club in the Bowery. We see people drinking beer and stage acts full of music. West has a couple of sleazy songs that are really enjoyable.
Although the singing is fun it kind of detracts away from the story. Three separate songs from West took the precious time the movie had. At only 66 minutes, it is a wonder why full songs are featured. The movie is ranked #75 on AFI's best comedy movies of all time. I just don't see why. The comedy is never too apparent. Perhaps it is the hidden sexual meanings in almost everything West says. I also don't like how West speaks. Her accent mixed with the trashy dialogue is very unbecoming. The story also ends very abruptly. I did not like how things turned out and you can tell the lead actress wrote the darn narrative. It makes little sense but at least she makes out okay.
Overall, this short escapade of a movie is a fun look into the 1890s and the other historical implications of the film itself makes it interesting. West's acting and the plot resolution holds it back.
My Score 6/10