The Hollywood Collection: Mae West: And the Men Who Knew Her

As the first "blonde bombshell," Mae West reigned supreme and changed the nation's view of women, sex and race- on stage, in films, on radio and television. Including clips from Night After Night, She Done Him Wrong, I'm No Angel, Belle of the Nineties, and Klondike Annie. In addition to home movies and archival footage, Anthony Quinn, Rex Reed and Robert Wise provide interviews.
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Mae WestDom DeLuiseAnthony Quinn
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MarionReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsFascinating Snapshot of a Legend od Stage and Screen
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It is so difficult for a modern audience to understand the scale of her success and what chutzpah, even with real talent, it would require to achieve - let alone maintain - the star stature she rose to. She was not handed her success, she commanded it. She dared to ask for more money than the stdio head. She got it because the studio needed the monetary oxygen only she could bring. Mae West was born in 1893; as much of a 20th century phenomenon as the invention of the airplane, radio, motion pictures, and the devastation of World War I.
At the era she enjoyed her height of success, men would not have had the clout she enjoyed, let alone women. It was not until she was 27 years old that she, along with other United States women got the right to vote. And as a practical matter, only white women. So her persona and success are not to be under-sold to a population who takes the smart phone for granted.
zeldaReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsa one-person women's lib movementw
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sex with humor , brains and guts took her to the top of a man's world
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a consumerReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsLots of voices telling Mae’s story
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Interesting and varied analyses of Mae’s art and appeal by her co-stars, historians and employees. If you know what she was up against in her day, you’ll appreciate the retelling and if she’s new to you, you’ll gain respect and affection. Lots of clips, some familiar and some lesser known, overall you get a great overview of this amazing, before her time lady.

Only negative: A young Robert Osborn who can’t stop droning about how large and unattractive he felt she was. That feminine pulchrichtude’s appeal could be lost on a man like Osborn is little surprise. His is a lone catty voice, thankfully.
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CheyenneReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsWomen Who Made Their Own Way
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I loved this movie it made me laugh and it really allowed me to get to know exactly who Mae West was and how she broke barriers for women everywhere.
maleqwilterReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
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Didn't realize she only made 11 films!!
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