Rita Mae stayed all night again last night. We went up to Nellie's in our car. We had fried chicken.
|I'm No Angel|
Starring Mae West and Cary Grant
Directed by Wesley Ruggles
Written by Mae West
Released in 1933
The bold and beautiful Tira works as a dancing girl and lion tamer at a circus.
Out of an urgent need for money, she agrees to a risky new number: she'll
put her head into a lion's muzzle! With this attraction the circus makes it to New
York and Tira can pursue her favorite occupation: flirting with rich men and
and accepting expensive presents. Among the guys she searches for the love
of her life. All she knows from a fortune-teller is that he'll be rich and have black hair.
When she finally meets him, she becomes a victim of intrigue.
I'm No Angel grossed $3 million during the worst year of the Depression,
a time when Hollywood was averaging $500,000 a film. The movie contains a
number of West's most famous lines, among them:
"Marriage is a great institution -- but I'm not ready for an institution";
"I wrote the story myself. It's all about a girl who lost her reputation
and never missed it;"
"It's not the men in my life that count -- it's the life in my men;"
and "Men like women with a past -- because they hope history will