My Little Chickadee

Mein kleiner Gockel
After an affair with a masked bandit, Flower Belle Lee is run out of Little Bend and sentenced to stay out of town until she is a respectable, married woman. On the train to her next stop, she meets traveling salesman Cuthbert J. Twillie, a blustery drunk, and stages a wedding to him for show. When they arrive in the wild west town of Greasewood, the saloon owner and town boss appoints Twillie as sheriff – with the intent of putting his life in danger. While Flower Belle finds another admirer in the law-abiding newspaper editor, Twillie sniffs out the masked bandit … “Funny, every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out from what.” With a Colt in each hand, Flower Belle single-handedly fends off a hostile attack, while graciously allowing her male traveling companion to re-load her guns. Just as the traditional sex roles of Westerns are turned on their head, so too are the genre’s strict plotting conventions, with a loose story that dissolves into a lusty Wild West revue. And with W.C. Fields and Mae West duelling it out as two tart-tongued combatants, every stretch of dialogue becomes a verbal gunfight.
by Edward F. Cline
with Mae West, W. C. Fields, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran, Ruth Donnelly, Margaret Hamilton, Donald Meek, Fuzzy Knight, Willard Robertson, George Moran
USA 1940 English 80’ Black/White

With

  • Mae West
  • W. C. Fields
  • Joseph Calleia
  • Dick Foran
  • Ruth Donnelly
  • Margaret Hamilton
  • Donald Meek
  • Fuzzy Knight
  • Willard Robertson
  • George Moran

Crew

DirectorEdward F. Cline
ScreenplayMae West, W. C. Fields
CinematographyJoseph Valentine
EditingEdward Curtiss
MusicFrank Skinner
SongsMilton Drake, Ben Oakland
Music SupervisorCharles Previn
SoundBernard B. Brown
Art DirectorJack Otterson
CostumesVera West
ProducerLester Cowan

Produced by

Universal Pictures Co.