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I'm No Angel
I'm No Angel
Actors: Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff, Edward Arnold, Ralf Harolde
Director: Wesley Ruggles
Genres: Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     1998     1hr 27min

In I'm No Angel, Mae West's second star vehicle, she's sideshow attraction Tira, "the girl who discovered you don't have to have feet to be a dancer." As usual, West wrote all her own dialogue for the film, and it's full o...  more »


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Actors: Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff, Edward Arnold, Ralf Harolde
Director: Wesley Ruggles
Creators: Mae West, Leo Tover, Otho Lovering, William LeBaron, Lowell Brentano
Genres: Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Classic Comedies, Cary Grant, Musicals
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/18/1998
Original Release Date: 10/06/1933
Theatrical Release Date: 10/06/1933
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Scott Barkley | Carmel,California | 12/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

""I'm No Angel" is widely considered to be the film which saved Paramount Pictures from bankruptcy;it also contains hilarious double ententres written by that great shady lady of the screen - Mae West.From beginning to end, this movie is a real gem; this was made before the censors made her "tone done" her ribald style which most of the public loved and could'nt get enough of. Miss West was forty, fat and feisty; she was a cinema original the likes of which the public had never seen before (or since)-she made prudes blush,and prissy women giggle at the same time.Here she plays carny gal Tira, who, for a healthy hunk of change, actually gets into a cage and puts her pretty little head into a lion's mouth! Tira camps it up with her plump black maids and says to one "Beaulah,peel me a grape",a line which spoofs everything. Catch her scene with the lady-like Gertrude Michael-it's a riot- as is the courtroom scene where she puts every man in his place and wins the admiration of the judge.The29 year- old Cary Grant is ONE of her many love interests and he's the guy she ends up with.Recommended viewing for young and old alike;Mae was liberated and saucy,but she always had a heart of gold and there's nothing truly offensive about her famous wisecracks;she made fun of sex and in 1933 the movies grew up a little- in 1999 she's still fascinating to watch!"
"I'm Very Quick in a Slow Way"
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 03/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Perhaps her best film, "I'm No Angel" (1933) finds Mae West at full suggestive power before the Production Code reared its ugly head. Immortal one-liners abound in this fascinating social satire, with romantic support from a young Cary Grant and Mae's inimitable rendition of "They Call Me Sister Honky Tonk." A Depression-era classic directed with stylish flair by Wesley Ruggles."
Best of West
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 04/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mae West was an unlikely sex symbol. She was a small woman with a face that defied most standards of beauty and an unremarkable body--and by the time she hit film she was edging into middle age. But as West herself might have said, it ain't what ya got, its what ya do with it. If anybody knew what to do with it, Mae West certainly did, and I'M NO ANGEL finds her doing it in remarkably fine style indeed.The story and script, by West herself, is hilariously improbable. West stars as Tira, a carny entertainer who divides her work between a hootchie coochie act (which gives her the opportunity to perform a sizzling "They Call Me Sister Honky Tonk") and a lion taming act--but when she runs afoul of a small town romeo she hits the road for New York, where she captivates both city and Cary Grant with her circus act. Needless to say, there are comic complications galore, but like the Mounties, Mae West always gets her man.West did a number of justly famous films during the 1930s, but I'M NO ANGEL is arguably her best, salted with with one memorable quip after another as she cracks whips, snubs snobs, frolicks with her maids ("Peel me a grape!"), and waylays the willing Cary Grant with considerable aplomb. If you've never seen a Mae West movie but have always wondered what made her a great star, this is the film to see!"
Lots of Laughs
Fernando Silva | Santiago de Chile. | 10/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mae West is outrageously funny as "Tira" the lion tamer, a woman supposed to be completely irresistible to all men. Her smart wisecracks, full of double-entendres were her trademark, and here they're at full display, just before the Production Code's censorship toned down her lines, which were written by herself.Her hip-swaying, her moans and fluttering eyelashes, etc., are a joy to behold...her lines, spoken with her woman-of-the-world-reassuredness are top-notch. Her scenes with her maids are especially funny, because they're full of non-stop wisecracks about us men. A must!!A very young Cary Grant plays the object of Mae's affections and Edward Arnold is the circus owner and Mae's employer.The dvd quality is good, although it has no bonus material at all."