Belle of the Nineties
|Belle of the Nineties|
|Directed by||Leo McCarey
James Dugan (assistant)
|Produced by||William LeBaron|
|Written by||Mae West|
|Music by||Arthur Johnston|
|Edited by||LeRoy Stone|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Belle of the Nineties (1934) is Mae West's fourth motion picture, directed by Leo McCarey and released by Paramount Pictures. The film was based on West's original story It Ain't No Sin which was also to be the film's title until censors objected. Johnny Mack Brown, Duke Ellington, and Katherine DeMille are also in the cast. Shooting commenced on March 19, 1934 and concluded in June. The film was released on September 21, 1934. It had a domestic (U.S.A.) gross of $2,000,000. As usual with West's films, some scenes were removed to be shown in different States. To be shown in New York, one of the biggest markets, they had to completely re-shoot the final scene. Mae West's character and the Tiger Kid were originally to complete their nuptials without a marriage ceremony, the ceremony had to be included.
A publicity stunt went awry when 50 parrots were trained to shout the original title of "it ain't no sin". The parrots were subsequently released in the jungles of South America still repeating "it ain't no sin" over and over again.
- Mae West as Ruby Carter
- Roger Pryor as Tiger Kid
- Johnny Mack Brown as Brooks Claybourne (as John Mack Brown)
- Katherine DeMille as Molly Brant
- John Miljan as Ace Lamont (owner, Sensation House)
- Duke Ellington as Piano player (Sensation House)
The Films of Mae West Page 92
- "Box office / business for Belle of the Nineties". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- Belle of the Nineties at the Internet Movie Database
- Belle of the Nineties at AllMovie
- Belle of the Nineties at the TCM Movie Database
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