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She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, History | 9 February 1933 (USA)
In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member.


Lowell Sherman


Mae West (by), Harvey F. Thew (screen play) (as Harvey Thew) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Mae West ... Lady Lou
Cary Grant ... Captain Cummings
Owen Moore ... Chick Clark
Gilbert Roland ... Serge Stanieff
Noah Beery ... Gus Jordan (as Noah Beery Sr.)
David Landau ... Dan Flynn
Rafaela Ottiano ... Russian Rita
Dewey Robinson ... Spider Kane
Rochelle Hudson ... Sally
Tammany Young ... Chuck Connors
Fuzzy Knight ... Rag Time Kelly
Grace La Rue Grace La Rue ... Frances
Robert Homans ... Doheney (as Robert E. Homans)
Louise Beavers ... Pearl


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. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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"YOU CAN BE HAD!" she told him! (Print Ad- The Dispatch, ((Lexington, NC)) 6 February 1933) See more »


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Did You Know?


Although they knew this film would fall foul of the censors of the day, Paramount rushed this into production. They were experiencing financial difficulties and needed a surefire hit. Something as controversial as this was their nearest guarantee. Needless to say, it was a runaway hit because of its notoriety. See more »


As Lou walks through the prison block to see Chick, the first prisoner in line talks with Lou. His hands change position between edits. This error is repeated with the third prisoner in line as well. See more »


Serge Stanieff: I swear I shall make you happy. I shall die to make you happy.
Lady Lou: Mmm, but you wouldn't be much use to me dead.
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Alternate Versions

Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania removed the song "A Guy What Takes His Time". Will H. Hays and Adolph Zukor went to New York to edit the song to an entrance by Mae West, one opening verse, and one closing verse to lessen the suggestiveness. Despite this, Ohio and Pennsylvania cut all of West's one liners. See more »


Featured in 20 to 1: 50 to 01: Great Movie One Liners (2007) See more »


Ach Du Lieber Augustine
(ca 1768) (uncredited)
Traditional German folksong
Part of a medley of music in the opening scenes, played by a quartet of trumpet players
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Diamonds are a girl's best friend
26 April 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Mae West was an acquired taste. Some negative comments in this forum seem to forget the enormous talent of Ms. West, who was, without a doubt, a woman way ahead of her times. Mae West was the writer and the star of "Diamond Lil" on Broadway, a huge success at the time. The screen play, while not the strongest thing in the film, offers some good moments in which the star shines. Under the direction of Lowell Sherman, this Mae West vehicle appears somehow dated.

The mere task of translating the stage play into a film must have given the studios executives nightmares. How would Mae West get away with some of the suggestive dialog, where innuendo and double entendres play greatly in the star's delivery? Ms. West seems to be having great fun in playing Lady Lou, a woman who attracted men by just being there.

Cary Grant plays a small part as the Salvation Army Capt. Some of the most suggestive dialog in the film is directed at him. Gilbert Roland is another man that catches Lou's eyes and she makes it known she wouldn't mind a visit at her star dressing room any time.

We also see some of great old players in the film. Owen Moore is Chick. Noah Beery plays Gus. David Landau, Rafaela Otiano, and Dewey Robinson are seen in supporting roles.

The film is worth seeing just for the witty and daring dialog Ms. West wrote. Some of the lines are classics by now.

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Release Date:

9 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diamond Lil See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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