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Mae West in Hollywood, 1932-1943 [6 Blu-rays]

 

 

Night After Night (1932)      She Done Him Wrong (1933)      I'm No Angel (1933)

Belle of the Nineties (1934)      Goin' to Town (1935)      Klondike Annie (1936)

Go West Young Man (1936)      Every Day's a Holiday (1937)      My Little Chickadee (1940)

The Heat's On (1943)       Mae West (1982)

 

When Mae West went to Hollywood in the early 1930s, she was already a major star. Having sensationalized Broadway, it was time for the movies to receive the same. Her fame allowed her control, picking her co-stars (including a young Cary Grant), receiving screenwriter credits, and baiting censors and audiences alike as the pre-Code era gave way to a more sanitized period in American filmmaking. This six-disc collection brings together all ten of West's classic Hollywood features, from her supporting turn in 1932's Night After Night to 1943's musical extravaganza, The Heat's On.

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Theatrical Release: October 29th, 1932 - May 2nd, 1982

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Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Edition Details:

NIGHT AFTER NIGHT / SHE DONE HIM WRONG
Audio commentary on She Done Him Wrong with critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson (2021)
Mae West at UCLA (1971, 25:23): archival audio recording of the great performer in conversation at the University of California, Los Angeles
She Done Him Right (1933, 7:55): animated short film parody of She Done Him Wrong featuring Pooch the Pup and other canine characters
The Merry Old Soul (1933, 8:02): Oswald the Rabbit animated short film featuring caricatures of many Hollywood stars, including Mae West
Original theatrical trailer for Night After Night (2:36)
Image galleries: publicity and promotional materialsy

I'M NO ANGEL / BELLE OF THE NINETIES
Audio commentary on Im No Angel with critic and writer Farran Smith Nehme (2021)
Two Super 8 versions of Im No Angel: a pair of original cut-down home-cinema presentations, each condensing the film via different scenes (8:02 / 17:46)
Original theatrical trailers (1:55 / 1:53)
Image galleries: publicity and promotional materials

GOIN' TO TOWN / KLONDIKE ANNIE
Audio commentary on Klondike Annie with academic and curator Eloise Ross (2021)
Downtown Girl (2021, 33:24): appreciation of Mae Wests unique persona with academic and film historian Lucy Bolton
Original theatrical trailer for Goin to Town (1:40)
Image galleries: publicity and promotional materials

GO WEST YOUNG MAN / EVERY DAY'S A HOLIDAY
Audio commentary on Go West Young Man with writer and film historian Nora Fiore (2021)
The Only Way Is West (2021, 18:46): exploration of Mae Wests cultural importance with critic and author Christina Newland
Original theatrical trailer for Every Days a Holiday (2:26)
Image galleries: publicity and promotional materials

MY LITTLE CHICKADEE
Mae West (1982, 1:35:32): television movie biopic directed by Lee Philips, starring Ann Jillian as Mae West, and co-starring James Brolin, Piper Laurie, and Roddy McDowall
A Love-Hate Relationship (2021, 12:35): appreciation of My Little Chickadee with Dr Harriet Fields, granddaughter of W C Fields
Hollywood Bowl (1939, 6:45): Walter Lantz animation featuring many Hollywood caricatures, including W C Fields
Original theatrical trailer (1:40)
Image gallery: promotional materials

THE HEAT'S ON
Super 8 version: original cut-down home-cinema presentation reducing the film to a quarter of its original theatrical runtime (19:53)
Image gallery: promotional materials

Limited edition exclusive 120-page book with a new essay by Iris Veysey, extracts from Wests autobiography, archival articles and interviews, and film credits
Limited edition of 6,000 numbered units


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 13th, 2021
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ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (December 2021): Indicator have transferred 10 Mae West films to Blu-ray in a package entitled Mae West in Hollywood, 1932-1943. They are Night After Night (1932), She Done Him Wrong (1933), I'm No Angel (1933), Belle of the Nineties (1934), Goin' to Town (1935), Klondike Annie (1936), Go West Young Man (1936), Every Day's a Holiday (1937), My Little Chickadee (1940), The Heat's On (1943) and, included as an extra, the 1982 Biopic Mae West with Ann Jillian, James Brolin, Piper Laurie and Roddy McDowall.

They are cited as a 2014 High Definition remaster of Night After Night, a 2017 restoration of She Done Him Wrong from a 4K scan, a 2018 restoration of Goin to Town from a 4K scan, a 2014 High Definition remaster of Klondike Annie, 2021 restorations of Go West Young Man and Every Days a Holiday from 4K scans, a 2019 4K restoration of Im No Angel, a 2021 restoration of Belle of the Nineties from a 4K scan and a 2018 4K restoration of My Little Chickadee.

Kino came out with most of these on Blu-ray earlier this year, but not The Heat's On (1943) which is having its world premiere. We have reviewed the Kino BDs Night After Night, She Done Him Wrong, I'm No Angel, Goin' to Town and Go West Young Man, and have compared captures below. Essentially, Indicator are pairing two films per dual-layered Blu-ray, and they look equally as strong - perhaps a shade lighter. There is usually plenty of grain, some marks and inherent softness. For the most part, the younger the film, the better, tighter and crisper, the 1080P image appearance with My Little Chickadee and The Heat's On looking the most remarkable. Bitrates average about 30 Mbps per feature.

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use linear PCM mono tracks (16-bit) in the original English language. The sounds is authentically flat, and occasionally scratchy. Scores are by the likes of Herman Hand (Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The Song of Songs, A Farewell to Arms), Rudolph G. Kopp (The Sign of the Cross, The Woman Accused, 1934's Cleopatra, 1934's The Murder in the Zoo, 1950's Noir Mystery Street), John Leipold (Christmas in July, The Devil is a Woman, The Flying Deuces, Duck Soup) and Heinz Roemheld (Ruby Gentry, I, Jane Doe, Dangerous, The Monster that Challenged The World, The Land Unknown, The Mole People, 1933's The Invisible Man), and others with some musical, numbers sprinkled throughout - often sung by Mae West. The audio, like the video, show the production's ages but are fully functional to enjoy the features. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray offers new (2021) commentaries for a number of the films; She Done Him Wrong with critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson, on Im No Angel with critic and writer Farran Smith Nehme, a commentary on Klondike Annie with academic and curator Eloise Ross, and on Go West Young Man with writer and film historian Nora Fiore. I am just sampling them now. There is plenty more including Mae West at UCLA a 25-minute 1971 archival audio recording of the great performer in conversation at the University of California, Los Angeles. We get a new 1/2 hour appreciation of Mae Wests unique persona with academic and film historian Lucy Bolton. It is entitled Downtown Girl. Christina Newland explores Mae Wests cultural importance for 20-minutes in The Only Way Is West. A Love-Hate Relationship is a new 12-minute appreciation of My Little Chickadee with Dr Harriet Fields, granddaughter of W C Fields. There are two, separate, Super 8 versions of Im No Angel: a pair of original cut-down home-cinema presentations, each condensing the film via different scenes and another Super 8 for The Heat's On. There are a few cartoons added; 1933's She Done Him Right - an animated short film parody of She Done Him Wrong featuring 'Pooch the Pup' and other canine characters, The Merry Old Soul from the same year with Oswald the Rabbit featuring caricatures of many Hollywood stars, including Mae West and Hollywood Bowl from 1939 - a Walter Lantz animation featuring many Hollywood caricatures, including W C Fields. There are a number of trailers and image galleries of publicity and promotional materials for all the Mae West films. I enjoyed the 1982 feature 'Mae West' - a television movie biopic directed by Lee Philips, starring Ann Jillian as Mae West, and co-starring James Brolin, Piper Laurie, and Roddy McDowall. It had plenty of focus on her scandals, and pushing the envelope with her honest approach to sex as well as dramatizations of her private life. I thought it was well-made and covered a lot of the performer's life including her childhood. Jillian did an admirable performance with mannerisms down well. It, of course, has plenty of detail missing, and inaccuracies, but fans may appreciate the solid attempt at an entertaining bio-drama. The package includes an exclusive double-sided poster only available with direct orders from Indicator (poster features original designs for She Done Him Wrong and I'm No Angel)... while stocks last.  

It's very appealing to have all these films in one package. Indicator's Blu-ray set, Mae West in Hollywood, 1932-1943, has a great selection of the iconic and unique star's films that include pre-code, comedy, crime, musical genres. Nice to have the inclusion of The Heat's On, albeit in more of a minor role, as her final film until Myra Breckinridge (1970) 27 years later. Mae West's breezy sexual independence was always 'on', quoting her: "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." She frequently rewrote portions of her character's dialogue often being severely censored and judged as "vulgar and indecent". The outwardly sexual burlesque of the West characterizations were wildly popular. The dialogue is often filled with supreme feminine confidence and double entendres. She's absolutely marvelous. I love the idea of such a complete package of her films including The Heat's On and the 1982 biopic, the commentaries and other extras. Indicator are the best! Absolutely recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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She Done Him Wrong (1933)

 


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I'm No Angel (1933)

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Klondike Annie (1936)
 

 


 

 


 

 


Go West Young Man (1936)
 

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Every Day's a Holiday (1937)
 

 


 

 


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Mae West (1982)
 

 


 

 


 

 


 

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