Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park presents Dynamic Duos: MY LITTLE CHICKADEE.
THIS JUNE, WE SALUTE DYNAMIC DUOS! A month-long salute to the pals, the sidekicks and the partners. You can’t always go it alone. Sometimes you need a buddy at your side to pick you up when you fall and keep you grounded when you get too full of yourself. A pal, a sidekick, a partner. A Robin to your Batman.
This month, 22 JUMP STREET reunites partners Jenko and Schmidt on the big screen. That inspired the Alamo Drafthouse and BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH.,the magazine centered on the monthly programming theme at Alamo Drafthouse theaters, to examine some of our favorite on-screen dynamic duos. Well, except for THE Dynamic Duo. That was maybe a bit too on the nose for us.
Alamo Drafthouse has planned a month-long salute to dynamic duos with screenings of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, MY LITTLE CHICKADEE, TOMMY BOY and more!
In BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH., you can read about the special love shared by Butch and Sundance. You can join an argument about whether or not E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is actually a buddy movie. You can look back at the unique pairing of Mae West and W.C. Fields in MY LITTLE CHICKADEE. Or perhaps you want to go in-depth into the father/son dynamics of INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE. You might also visit the Circle K, because we’re spending some time analyzing the friendship of Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan.
MY LITTLE CHICKADEE – In one of the greatest pairings in comedy history, cranky, drunken misanthrope W.C. Fields meets his match in the sassy Mae West. These two comedic forces collide in a rampage of Old West hijinks and outrageous double entendres. This is the sort of timeless pleasure that exists for one reason only… to make people happy.
Mae West is Flowerbelle Lee, a self-reliant woman who is abducted by the mysterious Masked Bandit during a stagecoach holdup. After an illicit night spent with the bandit, Flowerbelle is run out of town and sent to Greasewood City where she can become "married and respectable." She meets flimflam man Cuthbert J. Twillie (Fields) on the train and immediately falls in love with his money. Many elaborate set pieces and plot twists later, Flowerbelle is knee deep in men and Twillie's on the gallows. "I'd like to see Paris before I die," he laments. "Philadelphia will do!"
West superbly delivers her sexual burlesque humor full of double-entendres, swagger and wisecracks; while Fields masterfully runs through his arsenal of witty ad libs and drunken scam artist routines. Apart from some unforgivable racism against native Americans, this movie is true fun.
The script is credited to Mae West and W.C. Fields, though it almost all comes from West. Despite a contentious personal relationship, Fields agrees that West captured his character better than perhaps any other writer. The film's at its funniest when the two leads are set free to do their schtick. "If a thing is worth having, it's worth cheating for!"
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