February 11, 2008

...Go West Young Man (1936)

Go West Young Man is a typical fish-out-of-water story with Mae West as Mavis Arden, a huge movie star who is forced to stay in a boarding house run by, of all people, Elizabeth Patterson (who looks as old -or young- as she did twenty years later when she played Mrs. Trumbull in I Love Lucy). Though not her best film, West does an admirable job teasing Randolph Scott and, ultimately, being tamed by the man you'd least suspect. Most interesting though are the scenes of Arden's film within the film, Drifting Lady, which gives a peak as to the actress West might've been had she not been an icon.

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