I’m No Angel

Ich bin kein Engel
From carny caravan to luxury apartment. Tira starts out as a sideshow performer on the carnival circuit and develops a stellar career as lion tamer. Among her many admirers in New York is wealthy Kirk Lawrence, who is, however, already engaged to be married. Tira doesn’t give up on grabbing him until his business partner and friend Jack Clayton asks nicely – and the two fall in love. But when Tira’s past raises its ugly head in the form of pickpocket and former boyfriend Slick Wiley, who pretends to be her lover, Clayton calls off the wedding. Tira takes Jack to court to defend her honour ... “Come up and see me sometime”, a much-misquoted line that West actually utters here, while talking to a member of the (all male) jury. In the courtroom scenes, where Tira defends herself, Mae West takes a bit of a detour as she approaches the witness box, providing her a chance to show off her peerless sashay to the jury. And she is not above doing the same for film audiences. All of her dialogue and moves seem directed at the movie public. As an actress, Mae West was not least of all unique and unrivalled in her ability to break the fourth wall.
by Wesley Ruggles
with Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff, Edward Arnold, Ralf Harolde, Kent Taylor, Gertrude Michael, Russell Hopton, Dorothy Peterson, Wm. B. Davidson
USA 1933 English 87’ Black/White

With

  • Mae West
  • Cary Grant
  • Gregory Ratoff
  • Edward Arnold
  • Ralf Harolde
  • Kent Taylor
  • Gertrude Michael
  • Russell Hopton
  • Dorothy Peterson
  • Wm. B. Davidson

Crew

Director Wesley Ruggles
Screenplay Mae West
Dialogue Mae West
Cinematography Leo Tover
Editing Otho Lovering
Sound Philip Wisdom, F. E. Dine
Art Director Hans Dreier, Bernard Herzbrun
Producer William LeBaron

Produced by

Paramount Productions, Inc.

Additional information

DCP: Universal Pictures International Germany

Wesley Ruggles

Filmography

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022