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Belle of the Nineties Details


Originally titled until the censors prevailed, then and , until complaints were registered from those two communities, Belle of the Nineties was Mae West's first post-Production Code film. West is cast as cabaret entertainer Ruby Carter, plying her trade along the Mississippi. Having no trouble surviving on her own terms in a man's world, Ruby fends off the unwarranted attentions of a steady stream of libidinous males, reserving her affections for a muscular boxer called The Tiger Kid (Roger Pryor). In keeping with the star's casual liberality, a number of black entertainers and athletes are given ample opportunities in this film, notably Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. The surest sign that the Code had "tamed" West a bit is the fact that she actually marries the hero at film's end. The musical highlights include West's unforgettable rendition of "My Old Flame". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 21, 1934


Mae West
as Ruby Carter
Roger Pryor
as Tiger Kid
Johnny Mack Brown
as Brooks Claybourne
Katherine de Mille
as Molly Brant
John Miljan
as Ace Lamont
James Donlan
as Kirby
Tom Herbert
as Gilbert
Stuart Holmes
as Dirk
Harry Woods
as Slade
Edward Gargan
as Stogie
Libby Taylor
as Jasmine
Tyler Brooke
as Comedian
Sam McDaniel
as Brother Eben
Ben Baker
as Blackie
James Pierce
Frederick Burton
as Col. Claybourne
Edward Hearn
Eddie Borden
as Comedian
Sam Flint
as Fire Chief
Frank Rice
as Best Man
Mike Mazurki
Wade Boteler
as Editor
Morrie Cohan
as Butch
Walter Walker
Warren Hymer
as St. Louis Fighter
Fuzzy Knight
as Comedian
Gene Austin
as Crooner


Leo McCarey
William Le Baron
Mae West
Karl Struss
Arthur Johnston
LeRoy Stone
Bernard Herzbrun
Art Director
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Travis Banton
Costume Designer