Showing posts with label Mae West. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mae West. Show all posts

Friday, October 6, 2023

I'm No Angel (1933)

 "The casting of Cary Grant... was again another brilliant piece of dramatic awareness."

With Mae West.

I'm No Angel - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):

"Ingenious casting had much to do with the success of I'm No Angel.  Although her control over her vehicles at Paramount was almost absolute, unlike Chaplin in a similarly favored position, Mae West did not depend on a weak supporting cast to magnify her own personality or call attention to her humor.  A strong cast, each one capable and playing his or her role with uncommon passion, lent a credibility to the film, a quality of balance and proportion which only the finest motion pictures attain.

The casting of Cary Grant in the role of the man who finally wins Tira's love was again another brilliant piece of dramatic awareness.  Cary as Jack Clayton has none of the characteristics about him that had previously attracted Tira to men.  When she meets Nat Pendleton (playing the trapeze artist) on her way to the hotel at the very start of the picture, she feels his muscles, and comments on them.  She makes a similar overt gesture with Davidson (playing the Chump) while the two are dancing in her hotel room.  But with Clayton all such pretension is dropped.  Supposedly not interested just in his money, as she had been with Kirk Lawrence, seemingly in love, she feels his muscles at the end of the picture just before the fade.  But in 1933 Cary Grant was narrow of line and thin of physique, not at all the Nat Pendleton image.  Tira, a lion tamer, is unaccountably drawn to him, but there is something slightly incredible about their union, incredible enough for the viewer to have the same impression as one has at the conclusion of She Done Him Wrong, Tira cannot stay with him forever; she is insatiable and immortal.  From this very subtle and almost unconscious impression, the viewer comes away with that same sense of awe before magnitude, talent and vibrance, which Chaplin managed only by weak casting as a crutch.  

No scene in I'm No Angel is extraneous.  It is interesting, compelling, and enjoyable throughout.  Some scenes are played with rare distinction, as that of Cary Grant's initial visit to Tira's apartment, when she decides to let Kent Taylor go, but wants Cary instead.  The camera takes a three-quarters shot as this conversation straggles to its conclusion, with both their minds on something other than what's being said.  Cary has placed a small photograph of Mae in his coat pocket, and with his hands plunged nervously into his trouser pockets, the suit coat jutting out towards Mae, their bodies swaying ever closer together as they talk, Mae mumbling, "You'll hear from me," much more is implied that could ever be shown."

John Tuska, Views and Reviews

New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -
Number 12 - I'm No Angel (Lobby Card Style)

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For more, see also:

Quote From Today - 6 October 2022

On This Day - 6 October 2021

On This Day - 6 October 2020

Friday, January 27, 2023

Quote From Today... She Done Him Wrong (1933)

"I'm sorry you think more of your diamonds than you do of your soul."

With Mae West.

She Done Him Wrong was Cary Grant's 8th full-length feature film.

Captain Cummings: I'm sorry you think more of your diamonds than you do of your soul.

Lady Lou: I'm sorry you think more of my soul than you do of my diamonds.

New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -
Number 8 - She Done Him Wrong (Lobby Card Style)

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Quote From Today... I'm No Angel (1933)

"You were wonderful tonight."

With Mae West

I'm No Angel was Cary Grant's 12th full length feature film.

Jack Clayton: You were wonderful tonight.

Tira: Yeah, I'm always wonderful at night.

Jack Clayton: Tonight, you were especially good.

Tira: Well... When I'm good, I'm very good. But, when I'm bad...

[winks at Jack]

Tira: I'm better.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

On This Day...I'm No Angel (1933)

 Today, back in 1933, saw the release of Cary Grant's 12th full length feature film and his 2nd with Mae West, I'm No Angel.

Cary Grant plays Jack Clayton, a man of some social standing, who falls in love with Tira (Mae West).

"The casting of Cary Grant in the role of the man who finally wins Tira's love was again another brilliant piece of dramatic awareness. " - Jon Tuska, Views and Reeviews.

"Cary Grant does nice work as the sweetheart but at all times is overshadowed by Miss West." - Variety


Tira                             Mae West
Jack Clayton               Cary Grant
Bill Barton                  Edward Arnold
Slick                           Rolf Harolds
Barker                        Russell Hopton
Alicia Hatton              Gertrude Michael
Kirk Lawrence           Kent Taylor
Thelma                       Dorothy Peterson
Benny Pinkowitz        Gregory Ratoff
Beulah                        Gertrude Howard
The Chump                William Davidson
Rajah                          Nigel deBrulier
Bob, the Attorney       Irving Pichel
Omnes                        George Bruggeman
Harry                          Nat Pendleton
Chauffeur                   Morrie Cohen
Judge                          Walter Walker

Lobby Cards:

Directed by Wesley Ruggles.
Distributed by Paramount Publix.
Running time: 87 minutes

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Leading Ladies...Part 2.

So here are the actresses who starred in two films each alongside Cary Grant.

Jean Arthur:

Only Angels Have Wings (1939) and Talk Of The Town (1942)

Also appeared in the following radio shows:

Only Angels Have Wings (May 28th, 1939)
Talk Of The Town (May 17th, 1943)

Joan Bennett:

Big Brown Eyes (1936) and Wedding Present (1936)

Ingrid Bergman:

Notorious (1946) and Indiscreet (1958)

"She wears no make-up and has big feet and peasant hips, yet women envy her ability to be herself." 
- Cary Grant

Nancy Carroll:

Hot Saturday (1932) and Woman Accussed (1933)

Betsy Drake:

Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) and Room For One More (1952)

Also appeared in the following radio show:

Every Girl Should Be Married (June 27th, 1949)

"Betsy was a delightful comedienne, but I don't think Hollywood was ever really her milieu. She wanted to help humanity, to help others help themselves." - Cary Grant

Joan Fontaine:

Gunga Din (1939) and Suspicion (1941)

Sophia Loren:

The Pride and the Passion (1957) and Houseboat (1958)

"I was fascinated with him, with his warmth, affection, intelligence, and his wonderfully dry, mischievous sense of humor." - Sophia Loren

Ginger Rogers:

Once Upon A Honeymoon (1942) and Monkey Business (1952)

Ann Sheridan

Enter Madame (1935: as Clara Lou Sheridan) and I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Mae West:

She Done Him Wrong (1933) and I'm No Angel (1933)

Loretta Young:

Born To Be Bad (1934) and The Bishop's Wife (1947)