My Little Chickadee
DIRECTOR: EDWARD F. CLINE
CAST: MAE WEST, W.C. FIELDS, JOSEPH CALLEIA, DICK FORAN
Screening introduced by and Q&A following with Dr. Harriet Fields, the granddaughter of W.C. Fields, as part of the West Fest—a celebration of Mae West coinciding with her 125th birthday.
Two of the tartest, sassiest mouths in American movies were able to trade jabs at last in this western burlesque, which combines the purred put-downs of magnificent misanthrope W.C. Fields and the naughty double-entendres of Mae West, the proud product of Brooklyn, here coming in for an overdue tribute, appearing buxom and brazen in 35mm. Singer Flower Belle Lee (West) and con-man Cuthbert J. Twillie (Fields) cross paths in the wide-open frontier, leading to a sham marriage, a honeymoon debacle with a goat, and just about one million top-tier, endlessly quotable one-liners.