My Little Chickadee

1940, Comedy/Western, 1h 23m

13 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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When a gold-digging singer, Flower Belle Lee (Mae West), is kidnapped by a masked bandit, the town goes wild with speculation. When she returns unharmed, and is later seen kissing the bandit, she is tried by a judge and thrown out of town. On a train she meets a con man, Cuthbert J. Twillie (W.C. Fields). Mistaking him for a wealthy man, Lee marries him on the spot. From there the two engage in a series of petty cons and deceits that bring Twillie ever closer to the gallows.

Cast & Crew

Mae West
Flower Belle Lee
W.C. Fields
Cuthbert J. Twillie
Joseph Calleia
Jeff Badger (proprietor, Last Gasp Saloon, The Masked Bandit)
Dick Foran
Wayne Carter (editor, 'Greasewood Gazette')
George Moran
Milton (Twillie's Indian confederate)
Si Jenks
Deputy (uncredited)
Gene Austin
Saloon musician
Ben Oakland
Original Music
Frank Skinner
Original Music
Joseph A. Valentine
Cinematographer
Edward Curtiss
Film Editor
Martin Obzina
Art Direction
Jack Otterson
Art Direction
Russell A. Gausman
Set Decoration
Vera West
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for My Little Chickadee

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Audience Reviews for My Little Chickadee

  • Jun 14, 2010
    even i do like mae west but i didn't enjoy this movie. the reason i choose to review it now is because i feel like to vent!
    Veronique K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2010
    The combination of W.C. Fields and Mae West winds up being not as good as it sounds. My Little Chickadee takes place in the old west. When Mae West falls for a "Zorro" type masked bandit, she's sent to live in another town to keep her honor intact (har har). On the train ride, she meets W.C., and mistakes his satchel full of whiskey coupons for a sack full of money and agrees to marry him in order to get that money. Meanwhile, W.C. is appointed sheriff of the town by the local bar owner (who sort of controls the town), as he thinks W.C. will make a good patsy. Add to this the local newspaper publisher, who's on a crusade to clean up the town and make it wholesome. Of course, all of the above men are in love with the aging West. And who could help themselves? She doesn't recite her lines so much as purr and growl them. West is all affectation and innuendo, and it's not particularly good innuendo. Her performance is very flat, to say the least, and as she was nearing 50 at the time (albiet a very attractive and young-looking 50), her schtick isn't very convincing . W.C. gives it his best, but the material just isn't up to his usual standard. It's a typical cowboy type picture with very little enthusiasm from the cast. I can't remember any of the gags, other than West limp-wristedly shooting indians out the train car window with deadeye accuracy. Pretty forgettable.
    Devon B Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2009
    I?ll be honest, I was screwing around on the computer while I was ?watching? this, so I didn?t get a whole lot out of it. The film provides a fairly inspired on screen pairing of Mae West and W.C. Fields, two sort of old-timey vaudeville types both with a slightly raunchy (for the time) edge. The film?s western storyline is pretty stupid, it?s mainly an excuse for the two to engage in their trademark banter. This might actually be the first time I?ve actually watched a Mae West film, though I was pretty familiar with her shtick, which has permeated pop culture. I can?t say I was very impressed by her, her signature way of speaking got old as hell pretty quick. I was a lot more familiar with Fields, but he doesn?t really seem to be ?on? here. Overall this was a big piece of meh.
    MJS M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2008
    Funny western spoof.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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