Mae West is still pretty funny 87 years later. Almost all of her jokes are of the “hey, let’s have sex!” variety (“it’s not the men in your life, it’s the life in your men!” — get it?), which is fun, but the real curio on this ancient laffer is her strut.
She never walks in a way that you or I would ever walk, instead she saunters, leaning from side to side with every step like a luxury liner lurching through the Suez Canal.
“I’m going to cross the room,” she projects, “but I’m going to do it very, very slowly. If you’re waiting for me to cross the room, you might be waiting for a long time!”
She’s like Vinnie Barbarino on steroids. Did Mae West invent being “cool”? That undefinable quality of not giving a rip about anything and also being smart and funny? I’m guessing she did!
Cary Grant is also in this movie but he doesn’t have much to do other than be handsome.
Check it out if you are into courtroom cutups, treating men like sex objects, or going behind the scenes at the circus.