Go West Young Man

Auf in den Westen
Hollywood star Mavis Arden has a clause in her contract prohibiting her from marrying for five years. So her press agent Morgan worries about her secret dinner with a congressional candidate and alerts the press, hoping to scare off her beau with a scandal. Their next assignation is thwarted when Mavis’ Rolls Royce breaks down on tour. She and Morgan end up in a rural boarding house, where Mavis turns her lustful eyes on the hunky car mechanic. And like the character she most recently played in “Drifting Lady”, she breaks her rival’s heart. But unlike in the film-within-a-film, real life proffers up a happy ending ... In this comedy set in the film industry, the press agent figure functions as a kind of censor-on-the-hoof for his charge, and Mae West uses that construct to shake off all constraints on her erotic appeal. In both word and deed, Mavis defies any attempts to tame her promiscuous onscreen persona into the well-burnished image of a studio star. A long speech she is seemingly ordered to give, pleading for more marriages, is belied by the concise closing line spoken by the “Drifting Lady” – “men are my life”.
by Henry Hathaway
with Mae West, Warren William, Randolph Scott, Alice Brady, Elizabeth Patterson, Lyle Talbot, Isabell Jewell, Margaret Perry, Etienne Girardot, Maynard Holmes
USA 1936 English 80’ Black/White


  • Mae West
  • Warren William
  • Randolph Scott
  • Alice Brady
  • Elizabeth Patterson
  • Lyle Talbot
  • Isabell Jewell
  • Margaret Perry
  • Etienne Girardot
  • Maynard Holmes


Director Henry Hathaway
Screenplay Mae West based on the play “Personal Appearance” (1934) by Lawrence Riley
Cinematography Karl Struss
Editing Ray Curtiss
Sound Hugo Grenzbach
Art Director Wiard B. Ihnen
Costumes Irene Jones
Producer Emanuel Cohen

Produced by

Major Pictures Corp. (An Emanuel Cohen Production)

Additional information

Print: WDR Filmarchiv

Henry Hathaway


Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022