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My Little Chickadee

USA 1940
produced by
Lester Cowan for Universal
directed by Edward F. Cline
starring Mae West, W.C. Fields, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran, Ruth Donnelly, Margaret Hamilton, Donald Meek, Fuzzy Knight, Willard Robertson, George Moran, Jackie Searl, Fay Adler, Gene Austin, Coco and Candy (= Otto Meimel, Russell Hall), William 'Billy' Benedict, Jimmy Conlin, William B.Davidson, Anne Nagel, Addison Richards
written by Mae West, W.C. Fields, music by Frank Skinner

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The Old West: Because Flower Belle (Mae West) has an affair with a masked gangster called The Masked Rider - even though she doesn't even know what he looks like beneath his mask -, she is run out of her hometown, but even on her way to her new home, she makes the acquaintance with Cuthbert J.Twillie (W.C.Fields), a grumpy old man who seems to have a bag full of Dollars, and since Flower Belle has always had a soft spot for money, she marries him right on the spot (yup, still on the train) ... soon after arrival though, she finds out the money was nothing but cheap promotional items, but for the time being she seems to be stuck with him.

However, soon enough, Flower Belle has two admirers on her hands, good guy Wayne Carter (Dick Foran) and seedy Saloon owner Jeff Badger (Joseph Calleia) - a typical Western bad guy who even makes her husband Sheriff, only to have him shot sooner and have her for himself ... but of course, in the long run he is no match for Flower Belle.

And then the Masked Rider shows up again, too ...

Eventually, everything goes topsy turvey, and before long, Twillie, the least likely candidate, is accused of being the Masked Rider and set up to be hanged ... and suddenly, Flower Belle finds out that she's the only one who believes in his innocence and the only one prepared to help him, even good guy Carter turns her down. Then though, Flower Belle finds out that Nadger really is the Masked Rider, and she makes him not only free Twillie but also return all the money he has stolen ...

Eventually it is revealed that the wedding of Flower Belle and Twillie was only fake, and while Twillie, who has just only narrowly escaped a necktie party, decides to leave and go back East, Flower Belle is left with her two admirers, Carter and Badger ...


Arguably, Mae West and W.C.Fields were two of the most original and most radical comics of the 1930's, so a film co-written by and co-starring both of them is bound to be great, right ?

Wrong, unfortunately the comic styles of Ms West and Mr Fields don't go too well together, their on-screen personas just do not seem to fit into the same movie, and the script they have co-written just falls into a series of comedy skits in which the two try to upstage one another.

That all said, My Little Chickadee is far from being a horrible film, at times it's actually rather amusing, it's just sloppily written and fails to fall together plotwise - and truth to be told, both Fields and West have done much better films without each other ...


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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