This is the first Mae West movie I’ve seen. It’s strange! West certainly has on-screen charisma and delivers clever comebacks. Buuut since she wrote the script, that also means most of the runtime is devoted to showing off how cool and rich her character — and by extension, she — is. Although I give her props for giving Black actors speaking roles, which wasn’t common even 5-10 years after 1933.

The history surrounding this movie is frankly more interesting than the film itself, with its release spurring the creation of the Hayes Code and accelerating Cary Grant’s career.