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I'm No Angel

Released Oct 6, 1933 1h 27m Comedy List
93% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 72% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Sharp, seductive and emotionally guarded Tira (Mae West) is a lauded and much-adored circus performer. Her newest suitor, a married New York City socialite named Kirk Lawrence (Kent Taylor), showers her with gifts. Kirk's cousin, Jack Clayton (Cary Grant), goes to Tira to try and convince her to end the affair. The two fall for one another, but when love and happiness risk taking Tira from the stage, her boss plots to break off the engagement and shackle her to the circus forever. Read More Read Less

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Eileen Jones The Jacobin It’s a shame that this exciting era happened so long ago that many people can’t relate to these movies and won’t watch them. This is in spite of the sensational draw of the “pre-Code Film,” made before the 1934 censorship crackdown. Aug 26, 2023 Full Review Chase Burns The Stranger (Seattle, WA) While West's story doesn't make much sense, the gowns are spectacular, the one-liners and winks are good, and Cary Grant is tall. Dec 8, 2021 Full Review Frank J. Avella Edge Media Network ...funneled through a historical perspective, the film was groundbreaking in its portrayal of a strong woman who was no man or woman's fool. That in and of itself should be celebrated. Rated: B- Jun 30, 2021 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy "When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better" is first among equals, although I'm personally always amused by "Peel me a grape." Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 26, 2021 Full Review Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair If by any chance you have missed this Mae West picture-and you can find it around-you owe it to yourself to see it. Jun 6, 2019 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a predictably erratic Mae West vehicle that wouldn't even be worth mentioning were it not for her. Rated: 2/4 Jun 25, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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Blobbo X Mae West at top her game. Blobbo see her appeal. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/24 Full Review steve d nearly unwatchable even with Grant. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Liam D West and Grant have amazing chemistry in this comedy Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/06/22 Full Review georgan g What Mae West did for sexuality and one-liners is encapsulated in this movie. She & Cary Grant did not get along, but it's fun seeing them together. Her silly walk and double entendres still work! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm No Angel is one of the best of Mae West. The film written by Mae West is pretty funny with some the the jokes that made me laugh and will without doubt make others laugh as well. The chemistry between Mae West and Cary Grant is pretty charming and impressive. What is also impressive was that Mae West did her own stunts (riding an elephant in one scene) in the film. To me, Mae West is in fact an angel and the best of West is yet to come. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Mae West co-wrote this piece based on an un-produced screenplay called The Lady and the Lions, it charts the rise of Tira from carnival crowd pleaser to massive circus headliner. Though I would be doing a disservice to a very strong and on form supporting cast by not also praising them. This really is a pure and simply Mae West tour de force, full of ego and show biz swagger, she not only tames lions here but also everything else with a pulse. Containing an array of quotable lines and put downs, this is essential viewing for anyone interested in classic cinema. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Sharp, seductive and emotionally guarded Tira (Mae West) is a lauded and much-adored circus performer. Her newest suitor, a married New York City socialite named Kirk Lawrence (Kent Taylor), showers her with gifts. Kirk's cousin, Jack Clayton (Cary Grant), goes to Tira to try and convince her to end the affair. The two fall for one another, but when love and happiness risk taking Tira from the stage, her boss plots to break off the engagement and shackle her to the circus forever.
Director
Wesley Ruggles
Producer
William LeBaron
Screenwriter
Mae West
Distributor
Image Entertainment Inc.
Production Co
Paramount Pictures
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 6, 1933, Wide
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 3, 2010
Runtime
1h 27m