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She Done Him Wrong (1933)

As sound films replaced silent films, an actor’s voice alone could help to capture the imagination of moviegoing audiences. No other actress demonstrated this more than Mae West (1893–1980),  with her sultry and uniquely identifiable voice.  Adapted to the big screen from her scandalous Broadway play Diamond Lil, She Done Him Wrong was Mae West’s first, and one of her most successful, films. In it she plays a lady saloon keeper of the Gay Nineties, who falls in love with an undercover FBI agent (Cary Grant, 1904-1986), who attempts to shut the bar down for its illicit activities. This was one of Cary Grant’s first movie roles.

Nominated for an Academy Award®, She Done Him Wrong contains some of Mae West’s most popular lines, such as “Why don't you come up sometime ’n see me?” Mae West’s sexy persona, combined with her sexually suggestive dialogue, is said to have led to stricter self-censorship guidelines for major Hollywood movies.

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