MAE WEST 1933

Mae West with Noel Coward & Cary Grant, 1933 In 1933 Mae West saved Paramount Studio from bankruptcy. In the world headlines of the Great Depression, Mae West was the most controversial figure next to Hitler. The studio was in the red and was about to fold when she put Cary Grant on the Hollywood map by selecting him as her leading man. Her two movies "She Done Him Wrong," and "I'm No Angel," were the biggest film hits of 1933. Cary Grant served perfectly as her polish and handsome straight man for her salacious but funny double entendres and come-ons, "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?" In films Mae West was responsible for all her leering scripts. West had seen the striking Cary Grant one day at the studio lot and inquired to her agent who he was. The man replied, "Oh, that's Cary Grant, new player on the lot." West replied, "If he can talk, I'll take him." Grant was always thankful to Mae West. I learned everything from her. Well, not everything but almost everything. She knows so much. Her instinct is so true, her timing so perfect, her grasp of the situation so right."

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Paramount
Director: Lowell Sherman
Cast: Mae West, Cary Grant, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery Sr., Rafaela Ottiano, Rochelle Hudson

Bringing Up Baby
The Philadelphia Story
Bringing Up Baby
The Philadelphia Story

I'm No Angel (1933)

Paramount
Director: Wesley Ruggles
Cast: Mae West, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Russell Hopton, Gertrude Michael, Kent Taylor, Gregory Ratoff

Bringing Up Baby
The Philadelphia Story
Bringing Up Baby
The Philadelphia Story

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