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Klondike Annie (1936)





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Mae West butts heads with Victor McLaglen in Raoul Walsh's Klondike Annie, but the real victor was the Legion of Decency, whose censorship strictures transformed a saucy and spicy gumbo into something closer to chicken noodle soup. West plays Rose Carlton, the kept woman of Chan Lo (Harold Huber), who takes her from walking the streets to pacing the floors of her high rent apartment. Rose ends up killing Chan and beats it from San Francisco to the frozen north. She boards a ship where burly sea captain Bull Brackett (McLaglen) takes a shine to her; when he finds out she killed Chan, he blackmails her into coming up and seeing him sometime. Boarding the ship in Seattle is missionary Annie Alden (Helen Jerome Eddy), who dies on the way to Alaska. Rose assumes Annie's identity and, upon arrival in Alaska proceeds to preach the Good Book, saving sinners by unorthodox methods. Mountie Jack Forrest (Philip Reed) arrives in town searching for Chan's murderer and he falls in love with Rose, unaware that the woman he loves is the killer he seeks.


Mae West
as The Frisco Doll / Rose Carlton / Sister Annie Alden
Victor McLaglen
as Bull Brackett
Phillip Reed
as Inspector Jack Forrest
Philip Reed
as Insp. Jack Forrest
Harold Huber
as Chan Lo
Helen Jerome Eddy
as Sister Annie Alden
Harry Beresford
as Brother Bowser
Conway Tearle
as Vance Palmer
Esther Howard
as Fanny Radler
Soo Yong
as Fah Wong
Ted Oliver
as Grigsby
Tetsu Komai
as Lan Fang
James Burke
as Bartender
George Walsh
as Quartermaster
Huntly Gordon
as Clinton Reynolds
Jack Daley
as 2nd Mate
John Wallace
as 3rd Mate
D'Arcy Corrigan
as Missionary
Nell Craig
as Missionary
Nella Walker
as Missionary
Guy D'Ennery
as Alvaredos
Maidel Turner
as Lydia Bowley
Huntley Gordon
as Clinton Reynolds
Ed Brady
as Sailor
Jack Mulhall
as Officer
Gene Austin
as Organist
Russ Hall
as Candy
Chester Gan
as Ship's cook
Gladys Gale
as Dance Hall girl
Edna Bennett
as Dance Hall girl
Pearl Eaton
as Dance Hall girl
Kathleen Key
as Dance Hall girl
Ilean Hume
as Dance Hall Girl
Marie Wells
as Dance Hall Girl
Mrs. Chan Lee
as Blind Woman
Jack Wallace
as Third mate
Jackson Snyder
as Little Boy
Lawrence Grant
as Sir Gilbert
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Critic Reviews for Klondike Annie

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Mae's usual suggestive wisecracks are diluted and seem tame by comparison to those in her other vehicles.

Full Review… | July 29, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Klondike Annie

This movie is a standard Mae West formula movie. She plays a Saloon singer named Doll in San Francisco's China Town during the Alaska gold rush. Although the title of the movie says Klondike she never goes to the Klondike. The Klondike is in Canada. In the movie Mae West's character goes to Nome, Alaska. Nome is at the western tip of Alaska just across the Bering Straight from Russian Siberia. In 1899 gold was discovered at Nome and there was a gold rush. Gold is still mined at Nome. In the beginning of the movie The San Francisco Doll works for a Chinese gangster who owns the Saloon where she sings. He is very possessive of Annie and it begins to irritate her. She plans an escape on board a ship going to Seattle. The gangster is murdered the same night she leaves and she is blamed for the murder. The ship's Capitan falls for her and hides her from the police in Seattle. They also take a missionary woman named Annie on board the ship. On the way to Alaska the missionary woman gets sick and dies. The Doll takes on her identity to avoid arrest in Nome. In Nome she helps the Salvation Army mission attract the gold miners by increasing the entertainment at the mission. A policeman in Nome falls in love with her. When he over hears that Annie is really the San Francisco Doll he is conflicted between his love for Annie and his duty as a policeman. In the end the Doll goes back to San Francisco with the ship Capitan to clear her name. Mae West wrote the story. She likes to explore the contrast of very religious people and people with questionable morals and considered outsiders by society. There are also a lot of nostalgic songs from the 1890's sung in the old style. The famous line from this movie is "when I have to choose between two evils I usually choose the one I've never tried before".

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