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Go West, Young Man

1936 1h 22m Comedy List
60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 17% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Mavis Arden (Mae West) is a movie star known for her onscreen purity, even though she lives a riotous private life. When she gets involved with politician Francis X. Harrigan (Lyle Talbot) against her press agent's (Warren William) wishes, Mavis arranges to see her lover on her personal appearance tour. But she finds herself stranded in a small-town farmhouse after her limousine breaks down, and the situation is made more bearable by the appearance of the handsome Bud Norton (Randolph Scott). Read More Read Less

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Frank J. Avella Edge Media Network For anyone wanting a Mae West primer, you can't go wrong with including "Go West Young Man," an incisive and rather keen satire on both Hollywood and the working class. Rated: A Jun 30, 2021 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine Mae West back in form. Apr 20, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine The picture is funny and fast and holds up well; altogether it's the best Mae West film in a long time. Aug 7, 2019 Full Review Graham Greene The Spectator The wisecracks lack the old impudence, and seldom have so many feet of film been expended on a mere dirty look. May 15, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Censorship took away most reasons to see this punch-less pic. Rated: C+ May 1, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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georgan g The plot was insane and made no sense. Luckily, there were enough one-liners from Mae West to keep the movie from being a total loss. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member too bad the censors butchered this Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member another campy classic from Mae Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member If Mae West was in real life the way she appears in this movie, it's no wonder Cary Grant didn't like her. She's selfish, callous, and thoughtless. Nothing matters except her own gratification. I don't think I'll be watching more Mae West after the last one from this box set. It's not that they all have the same plot--they don't, really. She doesn't even always play the same character. She isn't always selfish, for one. But the actions are always implausible and the people are always sparsely-drawn. The interactions are shallow and unbelievable. That's the problem. I don't believe a thing these people are doing. I don't believe anything about how they're acting. The black character in this--say rather "caricature"--is even less believable than the others, despite the maids we've previously seen. I don't believe the ending, which is okay, because I don't believe the rest of the story, either. It's not even a pleasant little fantasy. There would be something to be said for that. But no, everyone in this movie is grasping and petty. Our Handsome Young Man (I can't remember any character's name from this!) is just dense. His girlfriend is stupid. Her mother (?) is a snob and a hypocrite. It makes you wonder, really--Mae West [i]wrote[/i] these movies. Is this how she sees people? Is this who she thinks they are? Or is it just that she thinks they're funny this way? Either way, I like to think she's wrong. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Mavis Arden (Mae West) is a movie star known for her onscreen purity, even though she lives a riotous private life. When she gets involved with politician Francis X. Harrigan (Lyle Talbot) against her press agent's (Warren William) wishes, Mavis arranges to see her lover on her personal appearance tour. But she finds herself stranded in a small-town farmhouse after her limousine breaks down, and the situation is made more bearable by the appearance of the handsome Bud Norton (Randolph Scott).
Director
Henry Hathaway
Producer
Emanuel Cohen
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 3, 2010
Runtime
1h 22m