Film 133 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1933’s “She Done Him Wrong”. This film currently remains the shortest film to be nominated for “Best Picture” at the Academy Awards clocking in at a little over an hour. And I couldn’t even manage 20 minutes before I lost the will to live. In those 20 minutes, I learned that Mae West is not sexy! They say that she was the sex symbol of the 1930’s but she looks like she couldn’t care about what she does. All she does to make men jizz in their pants is roll her eyes, shrug her shoulders and walk away from every man she talk to so we (the audience) can see her backside. I just couldn’t care about the plot. If this film is remembered for anything, it’s the quotes. There’s too many to list off but some are regarded as famous in the world of film. This is actually my second look at Mae West as I had seen her act alongside W.C. Fields in 1940’s “My Little Chickadee” where she does the exact same thing but acting alongside a drunk old man who is racist towards Native Americans. Speaking of racism, I feel like this film shows a little of that by having a black woman portray a servant/maid to Mae West’s character. And she acts very similar to the housekeeper from “Tom and Jerry” cartoons. Enough rambling, if you have seen this film, or any other of Mae West’s films, then let me know what you thought of them in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 20 minutes of 1933’s “She Done Him Wrong”
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Film – She Done Him Wrong
Year – 1933
Director – Lowell Sherman
Written by – Harvey F. Thew, John Bright, Mae West
Staring – Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore
IMDb Rating – 6.5/10
My Rating – Dull
Length – 62 min (1h 2min)
Genre – Comedy, Drama, History
Nice of the opening credits to show who everyone is. Just a shame the images only last about one second each
“The Gay Nineties”
Here’s my performing monkey
That man is turned on my a horses ass
5 cents for a beer! Why isn’t it that cheap these days
Who left the bum in charge of the buffet?
Is this man looking to become mayor?
Is he a mayor?
I have no idea what the boss is saying
How dare you interupt my mopping!
If he’s meant to be a policeman, he certainly isn’t dressed like one
Looks like that man who I thought was a mayor is looking to hire Lady Lou
Is it a requirement for everyone to wear hats, suits and smoke cigars?
Can you tell that my Russian accent is fake?
Back in the day, limos were horse and carriage
Is it me or Mae West comes across as a bit of a bitch
Wait… that nude painting in the bar we saw earlier is actually Lady Lou – Excuse me while I vomit
Also… Mae West is listed as a “sex symbol” – All she does is shrugs and rolls her eyes! That’s sexy?
Time for a stereotype – All black women work as maids – RACISTS!!!!
Who’s this random woman?
That man just knocked her out before she could kill herself!
“Men are all alike! Married or single”
She says her name is Sally
Lady Lou teaches Sally how to be like her
All Sally talks about is the murder she’s committed
This Russian woman wants to meet Sally
I’m losing the will to live