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My Little Chickadee (1940) was a Comedy - Western Film directed by Edward F. Cline and produced by Jack J. Gross and Lester Cowan.

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Mae West as the Outlaw: My Little Chickadee

By Judy on Nov 17, 2018 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

When asked what outlaw I wanted to feature for the Classic Movie Blog Association’s Outlaws blogathon, I immediately thought of Mae West’s character in My LIttle Chickadee. I know Mae West’s siren ways and bumpy pairing with W.C. Fields are more frequently associated with the film,... Read full article


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Wayne Carter: There's no such thing as law and order in this town. Decent citizens live in fear of their lives.
Flower Belle Lee: That ain't right. There should be a law against it.


Cuthbert J. Twillie: I will be all things to you: father, mother, husband, counselor, jackanapes, bartender...
Flower Belle Lee: You're offering quite a bundle, honey.
Cuthbert J. Twillie: My heart is a bargain today. Will you take me?
[she sneaks a look at his satchel full of what she thinks is money]
Flower Belle Lee: I'll take you - and how.


Jeff Badger: You are the sheriff wife now. It would be very embarrassing for you to know who I am.
Flower Belle Lee: Mmm... I've never been embarrassed in my life.


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Dick Foran, who was being paid by the week, would go to Mae West and tell her that W.C. Fields was rewriting his lines to give himself more screen time and to try to steal the film from her. Then he would go to Fields and tell him the same thing about West. In this manner he was able to extend his employment from a few weeks to several months, as both Fields and West - who didn't like each other - would hold up production while they would rewrite their scenes.
As he leaves at the end of the film, Cuthbert J. Twillie (W.C. Fields) says to Flower Belle, "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?", a reference to Mae West's famous line in an earlier film, She Done Him Wrong.
Fields walked off the set over what the director felt was a minor disagreement, but when it was clear after two weeks that he was not coming back to finish the film, nearly one third was shot using a double. The double used is unknown. It could have been John Sinclair, who had doubled for him in "Poppy" or David Sharpe who was his stunt double in later films. The double wore a plastic mask and most of the shots were long shots.
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