Dir: Lowell Sherman
With: Mae West, Cary Grant, Gilbert Roland
Running Time: 66mins
One of Iris Barry’s more controversial choices during her time at the Museum of Modern Art was acquiring a print of She Done Him Wrong; a sex comedy, admitted into the hallowed portals of the MOMA collection! It would be many years before the film was accepted in polite society, and even today some of Mae West’s single entendres can make the eyebrows twitch.
Made in the heady days before the Hays Code, the film stars West in the testing role of bawdy nightclub singer Lady Lou. Next door to her bar is a temperance mission run by the upstanding Captain Cummings (a fresh-faced Cary Grant), who provokes West’s most misquoted line: “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?”
Following the screening, the ladies from Sugarfoot Stomp will be spinning old-time platters as the evening slides deliriously into the Fierce/Flatpack closing party with a guest spot from Juneau Projects and Big Jugs filthy cocktails (5-7pm).