I note with some glee, by the way, that tonight, AMC will be bringing us [i]Volcano[/i], with Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche--a movie that made me laugh so loud the first time I saw it that Peder's mom had to come out and tell us to be quiet. They've been playing [i]Rambo II[/i], still the worst movie I've ever seen, off and on all week. Hence, I'm watching DVDs from the library. Thank you, library!
Apparently, Mae West drove Cary Grant up a wall. After this, he refused to work with her ever again. History, or at least IMDB, does not record why.
The "happily ever after" was a little abrupt here. I mean, yes, Tira the lion-tamer loved Jack Clayton, and he'd just been misled by her sleazy ex-whatever. It was all a miscommunication. However, it [i]was[/i] a miscommunication that ended up with them in court for a breach of promise suit, which you'd think would take more than "Oh, well, that's all right, then" to make up for it. Or is that just me?
Oh, I know. When you have Mae West, you don't [i]need[/i] plausibility, hence the lion-taming thing in the first place, right? Right. The plot is really just something to hang the innuendo on. Still.
I found Mae West's adoring black maid fan club to be a little odd, but I did like that she treated them all as essentially her equals. Yes, they felt the need to subject us to the obligatory "giggling and rolling eyes" reaction shots every time there was a new man--or even the old one--in her apartment, but for 1933, this wasn't bad. She knew their names and talked to them the same way she talked to anyone else.
In her own bizarre way, Mae West seems to have been quite egalitarian. (Though, of course, she'd never have used that word herself!) She even took for granted that being gay wasn't a choice, though she did believe that gay men had women's souls. Then again, she was born in 1898, so expecting a completely modern attitude from her would be perhaps a bit improbable at best.
Ah, well. I've got three more of her movies left. I'm so glad that they're starting to put out "best of so-and-so" box sets; it means I get to get a good feel for the careers of various people. I've just this week realized that I never have seen a Mae West film before!