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Directed by Wesley Ruggles
USA 1933

 

Screen legends Mae West (Belle of the Nineties) and Cary Grant (She Done Him Wrong) star in the sizzling Pre-Code comedy I'm No Angel, about a carnival performer with greater aspirations... wealthy men! In addition to circus acts, Tira (West) performs some questionable business maneuvers and takes a job as a lion tamer to escape jail. After Tira’s first show catapults her to stardom, she attracts the attention of the wealthy Kirk Lawrence (Kent Taylor, The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues) who happens to be engaged. His business partner, Jack Clayton (Grant), blows his friend’s cover and begins a romance with Tira. This time, Tira is in love for real and is devastated when a misunderstanding causes Jack to break off the affair. Serving as her own counsel, Tira sues Jack for breach of contract and takes him through a cross-examination he’ll never forget! Written by West and directed by Wesley Ruggles (No Man of Her Own).

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The bold Tira works as dancing beauty and lion tamer at a fair. Out of an urgent need of money, she agrees to a risky new number: she'll put her head into a lion's muzzle! With this attraction the circus makes it to New York and Tira can pursue her dearest occupation: flirting with rich men and accepting expensive presents.

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Theatrical Release: October 6th, 1933

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Universal (Mae West: The Glamour Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Universal (Mae West: The Glamour Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:27:42       1:27:49.264 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,360,658,999 bytes

Feature: 22,729,064,448 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Universal Studios

Aspect Ratios:
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.33

Edition Details:

• Theatrical Trailers to Night After Night, I'm No Angel and My Little Chickadee  


DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2006

Double Slim Keep Case inside plastic slipcase

Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,360,658,999 bytes

Feature: 22,729,064,448 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan
6 Mae West Trailers (I'm No Angel - 1:58)


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 29th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

This review is dedicated to my friend Muir, who has been waiting for these Mae West Films to reach Blu-ray for over a decade. Get better soon, buddy!

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (June 2021): Kino have transferred a few Mae West Films, including Wesley Ruggles' I'm No Angel, to Blu-ray. It is one of the more notable films of the sassy female star - being her second with Cary Grant (the first being She Done Him Wrong). It's on a single-layered disc with a high bitrate and, basically, towers above the Universal SD transfer of 15-year previous. Grain textures are significantly more consistent and prominent. Contrast and detail both rise. There is more information in the frame on all four edges. It has no damage nor speckles and the 1080P provides a highly pleasing HD presentation of a film made almost 90-years ago. 

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It is reasonably solid with consistent dialogue (a shade hollow as per the era's production standards) and an uncredited score made up of pieces by 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) sounding a bit deeper than the DVD but authentically flat. There are a few other musical numbers; They Call Me Sister Honky-Tonk, I Found a New Way to Go to Town, I Want You, I Need You and I'm No Angel sung by Mae West. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray has a new commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan. I always enjoy Samm's prepared and thorough commentaries. She, obviously, talks about Mae West, her writing of the script and level of control of her films, how she saved the studio from bankruptcy, a lot of this being a Pre-Code, if still subject to some censorship. She analyses some scenes that reflect potential prostitution, discusses Wesley Ruggles, his Silent Era acting work and his work with Carole Lombard and the black maids Libby Taylor, Gertrude Howard and Tira's manicurist's Hattie McDaniel! plus much more. Thoroughly enjoyable and valued part of this Blu-ray. There are also trailers for many other Mae West film including I'm No Angel.

Wesley Ruggles' I'm No Angel has some of Mae West most iconic, self-written, lines:

"Well... When I'm good, I'm very good. But, when I'm bad... I'm better."

"Beulah, peel me a grape."

"Somewhere there's a guy with a million waitin' for a dame like me."

"Come up and see me sometime!"

Great to see a young Cary Grant and their interaction onscreen. It will be wonderful to fully revisit Mae West's films in 1080P with new commentaries. You can watch this vintage gems at any time taking a deep dive intro the Pre-Code world of bold sexual innuendo. The Kino Blu-ray is a definite keeper and we can strongly recommend!

Gary Tooze

 


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