She Done Him Wrong

Synopsis: New York singer and nightclub owner Lady Lou has more men friends than you can imagine, unfortunately one of them is a vicious criminal who's escaped and is on the way to see "his" girl, not realizing she hasn't exactly been faithful in his absence. Help is at hand in the form of young Captain Cummings, a local temperance league leader, though.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Director(s): Lowell Sherman
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
66 min

You saw the fight last night?

I was reading about it. Says it was great.

- It was rotten.

- What was the matter with it?

I expected a fight to the finish. But in

the 77th round the guy got yellow and quit.

That certainly is a bird of a picture.

So help me,

I never saw a woman more beautiful.

It's just come this morning.

Gus didn't wait for his breakfast

before he had it stuck up there.

A guy don't need any breakfast

when he can look at her.

She is beautiful.

I wish she'd take a shine to me.

You better not let Gus Jordan

hear you say that...

or you'll be picking lead out of your pants.

When did that crawl in here?

Hit him on the back

before he chokes to death.

This ought to learn you

that free lunch is meant to be ate.

And not stored for the winter.

Hello, where've you been?

Ain't seen you

since Sweeney Carson croaked your girl.

Been away on important business.

I'll be around a lot from now on.

How are you, boys?


Hi, boys, drinks are on me.

- Been waiting long?

- About 15 minutes.

When did the painting go up there?

This morning.

I think I got the dope

on how to get Jordan this time...

and get him right.

Gus seems to be sitting as tight as ever, Dan.

Don't you believe it.

Just because he's running for sheriff

and stands in good with the higher-ups...

don't mean he can't be showed up.

Pretty soon, I'll be standing in his shoes

as boss of this here district. And then...

And you figure she goes

along with that honour, Dan?

I always thought you were warm for her.

Yes, I got to admit it.

This is my first big chance.

Jordan's playing a crooked game.

So far he's kept under cover.

But once I get hold of something I can take

to the district attorney...

Gus'll be out and I'll be in.

Then it'll all be over but the celebrating.

She ain't no easy gal to handle, Flynn.

I know that. She's a pretty slick article.

When Chick was sent up the river,

she blowed into Jordan's arms...

just for protection,

and he's too blind to see it.

Sure, he's all puffed up over himself.

Do you believe it?

He actually thinks she's in love with him.

Ever since I sang that song,

it's been haunting me.

It should haunt you. You murdered it.

- You play that like it'll hurt you.

- It does.

No, I'm moody that way, see.

Say, boss, I got a brand new tune, just out.

Yeah? What is it?

It's called After The Ball Is Over.

Play it.

Kelly, that'll be a great song for Lou.

She's getting famous.

Tony Pastor himself offered to sign her up

for his music hall.

You don't mean Tony Pastor

way uptown on 14th Street?

Yes, that's the one.

Pastor says that Lou's got it

all over Della Fox.

Hello, Mrs. Meg.

- Mrs. Flaherty, I'm disappointed in you.

- Disappointed in me?

Just because I come here with me little can.

Sure, a pint of beer will hurt nobody no time.

It's not only that. I'm disappointed

at not seeing you at the mission.

At the mission?

See here, Cummings.

What is it, Jordan?

I thought you'd given up the idea

of trying to reform my place.

- No, I'm still hopeful.

- Hopeful?

I'm not going to have you people

interfering in my business.

Before you started that mission next door,

we never had any trouble around here.

I've heard differently.

But if what you say is true,

I'd only be too glad to be mistaken.

Now, see here, Cummings,

I'm telling you again.

I'm not going to have my customers

driven away.

Why, I wouldn't think

of doing such a thing, Jordan.

Hey, Jordan.


How are you, Gus?

Hello, Flynn.

How are you?


- Have a drink?

- Sure.

Set up over there.

Right, boss.

Haven't seen you here for more

than a month. Where have you been?

Here, there, and everywhere.

City's getting so big,

it takes time to get around it.

One of these days, we'll be walking

across a bridge to Long Island City.

Walking? We'll be riding over

in one of them horseless buggies.

I'm thinking of buying one of them

for me and Lou.

- By the way, Gus, how is she?

- She's in demand, I tell you, Flynn.

The Bowery Savings Bank

and Rupert's Brewery...

are fighting to use her pictures exclusive

on their New Year's calendars.

She sure is a handsome girl, Gus.

I wonder you don't get jealous,

all the men are so crazy about her.

I do get kind of mad at the attention

some of them show her.

But it ain't bad,

having a girl that all the men are after.

Shows I must be pretty good, eh, Flynn?

Take a look at that.

Just bought it for her. Ain't that a pip?

Big as a nickel.

What would you do if somebody tried

to take her away from you?

Probably, nothing...

to her.

Say, the flies here are terrible.

You pick out the ones you don't like

and I'll kill them for you.

- Someone wants to talk to you in the office.

- All right, Spider.

Excuse me, Dan.


Lou is the swellest girl

that ever came down the Bowery.

You fellas don't know nothing about Lou.

But I do.

Just before the battle, Mother

- When did you get in, Rita?

- Two days ago.

But I did not come here direct,

you understand.

Good girl, Rita. Take no chances.

We are very discreet, Serge and me.

Gus, you must like Serge.

He's been a most valuable assistant.

- Sure you can trust him?

- You know Rita.

We've got to be especially careful.

I can't take chances of having headquarters

watching around this way.

- They will find nothing.

- No, not if we stay awake.

But don't forget. No talking to anyone.

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Mae West

Mary Jane "Mae" West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades, known for her lighthearted bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence. West was active in vaudeville and on the stage in New York City before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress and writer in the motion picture industry, as well as appearing on radio and television. The American Film Institute named her 15th among the greatest female stars of classic American cinema. Often using a husky contralto voice, West was one of the more controversial movie stars of her day and encountered many problems, especially censorship. She bucked the system, making comedy out of conventional mores, and the Depression-era audience admired her for it. When her cinematic career ended, she wrote books and plays and continued to perform in Las Vegas, in the United Kingdom, on radio and television and to record rock and roll albums. She was once asked about the various efforts to impede her career, to which she replied: "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." more…

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