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TCM 31 Days of Oscar – She Done Him Wrong

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. And I’m going to be focusing on the movies I haven’t seen yet, with maybe just a few rewatch movies.

Here is my 11th day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

She Done Him Wrong

She Done Him Wrong

7 out of 10 stars

“1933 American Pre-Code Paramount Pictures crime comedy film. The script was adapted by Harvey F. Thew and John Bright from the successful Broadway play Diamond Lil by Mae West.” (Wikipedia)

Starring Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland, Noah Berry Sr., Rafaela Ottiano and Louise Beavers.

The 360° Game: It starts with Maytime starring Rafaela Ottiano, who starred in the following movie She Done Him Wrong with Louisa Beavers, who was in the next film, Imitation of Life.

And the Oscar did not go to… The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Outstanding Production, now known as Best Picture. At 66 minutes, it is the shortest film ever to be so honored.

Short Synopsis: Gay (happy) ’90s saloonkeeper Diamond Lou (Mae West), shoots another woman, seduces a missionary (Cary Grant) and sings.

My Thoughts: This is a really really short movie. About 66 minutes short. I had to watch some parts over again because every detail of the plot is all clustered together minute by minute. I guess that’s why Mae West was casted, so that we don’t take our eyes of the screen. The plot is complex because everything happens with such short of a time span. I couldn’t really catch who all the other stars were because one moment they’re there and the next scene forgotten. Besides all that this movie was still pretty good. Mostly because I thought Mae West is what held this short and thin plot together. So it’s still worth it to see this and it’s a really quick film too.

A note before I start watching this… why I chose this movie… it was really really short.

The Play by Play Thoughts

She Done Him Wrong

0:03 The Gay Nineties. So we’re not confused what they mean by the time setting, here’s their explanation.

She Done Him Wrong

0:11 Lou. Everyone adores her and she knows it. Says so too.

She Done Him Wrong

0:14 Rita, Sergei, Gus, Spider, and all the mafia men. So in general, Lou works with a lot of criminals. Oh and a mystery woman that tried to kill herself.

0:25 Come on up sometime. And there’s the famous line with Mae West.

0:28 Lou seems to know all the guys at the prison. Chick’s got a score to settle with Dan Flynn. And you can see Lou’s plotting something.

0:33 The Mission… Mae West has taken a liking to Cary Grant because he’s been playing hard to get, so Mae buys the building of the missionary so that he can stick around.

0:35 “Our Lady Lou is Here” 1st song Mae sings.

0:38 “The Hawk” Copper is snitching on a lot of Lou’s friends. Dan Flynn will apparently protect Lou from getting tipped off to the police.

She Done Him Wrong

0:41 “So you’ve come to me to find another woman.” And Sally Glynn’s father is apparently at the mission looking for her.

She Done Him Wrong

0:46 Mob Boss Chick Clark escaped. And he goes straight off to look for Lou, while Guss and the police are searching at all the wrong places.

She Done Him Wrong

0:50 Lou and her Diamonds. Except Cary Grant thinks that they have no soul.

She Done Him Wrong

0:53 Lou ain’t “noivous”. I just love Mae West’s accent.

0:57 “He was doin’ her wrong” 3rd song.

She Done Him Wrong

1:02 “Sure, they got me, but they got you too, ya.” Let’s see, Chick killed Gus, and then the club is raided by the cops, including the copper “The Hawk”.

She Done Him Wrong

1:04 The End. And if you’ve blinked at any point throughout the film, you’re probably lost. Just know that Mae West promised to Cary Grant that she didn’t know what all those mob bosses were doing, and there was quite a few bosses.


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