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Goin' to Town

1935 1h 14m Musical Comedy List
50% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 50% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
A sassy female cattle rancher, Cleo Borden (Mae West), wants nothing more than to sashay her way into the moneyed class. Borden sets her sights on an Englishman named Edward Carrington (Paul Cavanagh), but she also wants to sink her claws into Ivan Valadov (Ivan Lebedeff). The only problem is she's already hitched to Fletcher Colton (Monroe Owsley). Borden, however, doesn't let that get in her way, and entrances her suitors with her gruff yet seductive ways. Read More Read Less

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Frank J. Avella Edge Media Network Goin' to Town suffers from a lack of strong and interesting leading men for West to spar with, but when you have West, what else do you need? Rated: B- Jun 30, 2021 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine The quips are labored, the gags weary. Apr 17, 2020 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews A typically underwhelming Mae West vehicle... Rated: 1.5/4 Dec 22, 2019 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Mae is going outside her talents when she takes to melodrama, with true romance and monogamy in the offing. Oct 8, 2019 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Goin' to Town managed to more-or-less play by the rules and still emerge as a good Mae West picture. Rated: 4/5 Apr 10, 2012 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It ought to be amusing, but wasn't. Rated: B- May 1, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Goin' to Town was a okay film. But compared to Mae West's previous artistic films, this one seems inferior compared to Night After Night, She Done Him Wrong, I'm No Angel, and Belle of the Nineties. While the film had a funny line or two it shouldn't be considered that funny. Goin' to Town had forgettable musical numbers as well. Overall, Goin' to Town was just an average film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review georgan g I like this film not only because of Mae West being a role model for women, but also because the plot was complex compared to most of her films. What she has is moxie. Something to always cheer about when it's coming from a female. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Per the usual, Mae West carpet-bombs the movie with her hilarious one-liners, but along the way she takes us to the Wild West, Buenos Aires, and Southampton. She's American nouveau riche trying to buy class, whether it's buying an aristocratic name or singing a lead role in an opera, but along the way she's consistently, delightfully hilarious. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member let me start by saying I love Mae West esp her pre-code films which this isn't but it still a good western rom-com Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member In my Best Mae West~ "Hey Big Boy, Why Don't You Come Up & See Me Sometime"~ isn't this the one where she says that? Her One Liners Make her movies, otherwise, she's kinda Gross Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member It's true, you know. Mae West--certainly as she acts in this movie--[i]is[/i] trash. She's good-hearted, certainly, but she's still trashy. Oh, she wants good things, but she's got low tastes, and she's not, despite what she says, intellectual. She's trash. She's a good person regardless, but she's out-of-place in the circles her new wealth affords her. Then again, quite a lot of the people in the circles [i]aren't[/i] good people. They're just different. They've been exposed to different things than she has. It's not that I don't think they might have things in common. It's that . . . I can't even explain what I mean. You aren't supposed to sympathize with Delilah, for one. You just aren't. She's intended to be the villain. I can see her point, I think, but still. I'm not sure I could have a conversation with this character. She's not half so friendly as she was in the last movie, though I wonder how much of that is based on the corner she's being pushed into. I just couldn't think of marrying someone based on a roll of the dice (it's my problem with one of the plot lines in [i]Friends[/i], too). I wouldn't marry someone for a title. There are better ways to climb the social register. I guess the problem I have is that she treats men as toys. Even the one she says she wants. It's a game. It's one she plays very well, but it's a game. Though, now I think about it, that's pretty much exactly as anathema to me as the way the rich treat it in this film--as a way of life. I don't understand either, I guess, and it's hard for me to get into it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A sassy female cattle rancher, Cleo Borden (Mae West), wants nothing more than to sashay her way into the moneyed class. Borden sets her sights on an Englishman named Edward Carrington (Paul Cavanagh), but she also wants to sink her claws into Ivan Valadov (Ivan Lebedeff). The only problem is she's already hitched to Fletcher Colton (Monroe Owsley). Borden, however, doesn't let that get in her way, and entrances her suitors with her gruff yet seductive ways.
Director
Alexander Hall
Producer
William LeBaron
Genre
Musical, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 3, 2010
Runtime
1h 14m