Mae West, who wrote this and a handful of other movies during the 1930s, stars as 1890s blues singer Ruby in a comic romp that follows the dazzling entertainer's quest to find the man of her dreams without being duped. Ruby distracts boxer Tiger so much that Tiger's manager asks Ruby to leave town, but it's not the last that Ruby and Tiger will see of each other. Singing such songs as "My Old Flame" and "Memphis Blues" with a sultry air in front of Duke Ellington's orchestra, Ruby projects sex and sincerity at the same moment. Using both her brains and her looks to keep herself out of the grasp of troublemakers, Ruby outwits her female competition and the male predators to emerge unscathed and with her beau on her arm. The script was ruthlessly pared by the censorship board, but Mae West slips enough double entrendres through to make this show, directed by the great Leo McCarey, a delight.

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Belle of the Nineties (1934)

Western/Comedy

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Mae West, who wrote this and a handful of other movies during the 1930s, stars as 1890s blues singer Ruby in a comic romp that follows the dazzling entertainer's quest to find the man of her dreams without being duped. Ruby distracts boxer Tiger so much that Tiger's manager asks Ruby to leave town, but it's not the last that Ruby and Tiger will see of each other. Singing such songs as "My Old Flame" and "Memphis Blues" with a sultry air in front of Duke Ellington's orchestra, Ruby projects sex and sincerity at the same moment. Using both her brains and her looks to keep herself out of the grasp of troublemakers, Ruby outwits her female competition and the male predators to emerge unscathed and with her beau on her arm. The script was ruthlessly pared by the censorship board, but Mae West slips enough double entrendres through to make this show, directed by the great Leo McCarey, a delight.

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Cast
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Mae West

Ruby Carter
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Roger Pryor

Tiger Kid
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Johnny Mack Brown

Brooks Claybourne (as John Mack Brown)
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Katherine DeMille

Molly Brant
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John Miljan

Ace Lamont
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Duke Ellington

Piano Player
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James Donlan

Kirby
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Stuart Holmes

Dirk
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Harry Woods

Slade
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Edward Gargan

Stogie
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Libby Taylor

Jasmine
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Warren Hymer

St. Louis Fighter
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Benny Baker

Blackie
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Morrie Cohan

Butch
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Tyler Brooke

Comedian
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Tom Herbert

Gilbert
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Frederick Burton

Colonel Claybourne (scenes deleted)
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Augusta Anderson

Mrs. Claybourne (scenes deleted)
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Wade Boteler

Editor (scenes deleted)
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Gene Austin

St. Louis Crooner
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George Walsh

Leading Man (scenes deleted)
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Eddie Borden

Comedian
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Fuzzy Knight

Comedian
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Kay Deslys

Beef Trust Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Sam Flint

Fire Chief (uncredited)
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Carlton Griffin

Admirer (uncredited)
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Kit Guard

St. Louis Gym Mug (uncredited)
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Edward Hearn

Croupier (uncredited)
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Charles Irwin

Master of Ceremonies at St. Louis (uncredited)
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The King's Men

Troubled Waters Quartet (uncredited)
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Mike Mazurki

New Orleans Audience Admirer (uncredited)
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Sam McDaniel

Jasmine's Admirer (uncredited)
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Frank McGlynn Sr.

Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
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Frank Mills

New Orleans Gym Mug (uncredited)
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James Pierce

Admirer (uncredited)
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George Reed

Brother Eben (uncredited)
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Frank Rice

Best Man at Wedding (uncredited)
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Charles Sullivan

New Orleans Audience Admirer (uncredited)
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Ellinor Vanderveer

New Orleans Dowager (uncredited)
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Walter Walker

New Orleans Admirer (uncredited)
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Blue Washington

Doorman at Sensation House (uncredited)
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Brooks Benedict

Roulette Table Spectator (uncredited)
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Dave O'Brien

Shipboard Admirer (uncredited)
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Ronald R. Rondell

Admirer (uncredited)
Crew
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Mae West

Writer
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Leo McCarey

Director
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Jack Wagner

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Belle of the Nineties

(DVD, Snapper)

5/27/1998

Disc Title Front Cover

Belle of the Nineties

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

6/29/2021

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