Full Trailer | Mae West: Dirty Blonde
Dive into the life and career of groundbreaking writer, performer and subversive star Mae West. Over a career spanning eight decades, she broke boundaries and possessed creative and economic powers unheard of for a female entertainer in the 1930s.
- Well, when I'm good, I've very good,
but when I'm bad, I'm better.
- I see a man in your life.
- What, only one?
- Mae West crafted this image.
She was a sexual gangster.
- You are a dangerous woman.
- She had that walk in.
"I'm here, lads, take me or take me."
- Are you in town for good?
- I expect to be here, but not for good.
- Mae West was a pioneer for all those wonderful women
who dare to be sexy: Cher, Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce.
- Haven't you ever met a man that could make you happy?
- Sure, lots of times.
- [Woman] She's a parody of unbridled male sexuality.
- Good night.
- [Woman] She's standing sexism on its head.
- To play the game, I have
to be smart enough to play it their way.
- [Woman] She was 40 years old
before she ever appeared in a movie.
- Goodness, what beautiful diamonds.
- Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.
- She waltzed in and said, "I wrote it,
"and we're gonna shoot it like this, kid."
- Surely, you don't mind my holding your hand.
- It ain't heavy, I can hold it myself.
- [Woman] She goes from being sent to jail
for what she wants to say in 1926,
to being the toast of Broadway in 1928,
to being the highest-paid actress
in America by the mid '30s.
- Young lady, are you trying
to show contempt for this court?
- No, I'm doing my best to hide it.
- Nothing could intimidate her.
She was just not afraid to go out
and poke a bear with a stick.
- Come up, I'll tell your fortune.
Ah, you can be had.
- Somebody like her becomes
very dangerous to the status quo.
- I don't suppose you believe in marriage, do you?
- Only as last resort.
- Any time you got nothing to do,
lots of time to do it, come up.
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