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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Every Day's A Holiday (1937)

A sometime actress and con woman (Mae West) has 25 outstanding arrest warrants including selling the Brooklyn Bridge to gullible people. When a producer (Walter Catlett) convinces her to return to the stage, in order to evade arrest, she returns in disguise as a brunette French actress with a thick accent. This film is an excellent example of how West's film career was harmed by the production code which put restrictions on blatant sexual innuendo which was West's stock in trade. As an actress and writer (she wrote the screenplay too), she has her hands tied. And without her bawdy deliveries of suggestive lines, she's just not that interesting. The funniest part of the movie has West bullying Charles Butterworth into breaking into a dress shop and stealing clothes for her. West sings a couple of ditties but again, the lyrics are too wholesome to allow her special brand of suggestive wit. Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. With Lloyd Nolan, Edmund Lowe, Charles Winninger, Herman Bing and way too briefly, Louis Armstrong.

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