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West, Mae

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004

(1892-1980)

    Comedienne with the hourglass figure and the every-ready double enténdre who was a fixture in early thirties films, until the advent of the Production Code drastically limited her range. Still, she was able to give a memorable performance opposite W.C. Fields in My Little Chickadee (1940), in which Fields uttered her trademark line “Come up and see me sometime.” Caricatures of West can be seen in A Star is Hatched (Freleng, 1938) with a dressing room with an hourglass-shaped door, and dancing with a George Arliss turtle in The Coo-coo Nut Grove (Freleng, 1936).

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