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My Little Chickadee

Classic comedy Western with the once-in-a-lifetime teaming of Mae West as Miss Flower Belle Lee and WC Fields as Cuthbert J Twillie.

Dir Edward F Cline
Prod Lester Cowan
Scr Mae West, WC Fields
With Mae West, WC Fields
USA
1940
95min
Prod Co Universal Pictures

Mae West plays a swaggering Chicago singer who is abducted by a mysterious masked bandit during a stagecoach holdup. Rightly suspected of a romantic adventure with the bandit, she is run out of her scandalised town, Little Bend, along the way making the acquaintance of travelling salesman (WC Fields). She dupes him into a hasty sham marriage in a bid to appear more respectable and in Greasewood City the pair find out more than they bargained for about each other. Flower Belle teaches unruly schoolboys and Twillie becomes bartender and Sheriff. But with the return of the masked bandit will their ‘marriage’ stand the strain? My Little Chickadee has assumed legendary status thanks to its stars and the script, co-written by them, is packed full of outrageous one-liners.

Julie Pearce

Additional information

We will be screening a 4K restoration.

Restored by Universal Pictures in collaboration with The Film Foundation. Special thanks to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg for their consultation on this restoration. Primary source used was a 35mm nitrate composite fine grain with 35mm dupe negative replacement sections.

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