Review: ‘Go West, Young Man’

Go West, Young Man is from the stage comedy hit, Personal Appearance [by Lawrence Riley]. Mae West, in her own way, is excellent in the role Gladys George created on the stage.

Go West, Young Man is from the stage comedy hit, Personal Appearance [by Lawrence Riley]. Mae West, in her own way, is excellent in the role Gladys George created on the stage.

George was not hindered by the limitations of screen censorship, hence the play’s sock tag isn’t half as punchy in the film, nor are other lines or situations up to the same potency.

West adapted Appearance for herself, changing it in various respects to suit her own ideas. Where George, at every opportunity sought to cover up her hard-boiled nature by acting the sweet, coy heroine of the screen when in company that didn’t know her in private life, West makes her a rough-and-ready, very sexy character all the way through.

West’s swagger, the hands-on-hip business, and various devilish expressions are in almost constant evidence. In the scene in which West makes a play for Randolph Scott while latter is in the parlor of the boarding house trying to do some work, the star forces him into a brief dance bit. When she pats him a bit somewhere below the shoulder blades in a rather coyish, affectionate manner, it’s one of the big laughs of the feature.

Go West, Young Man

Production

Major/Paramount. Director Henry Hathaway; Producer Emanuel R. Cohen; Screenplay Mae West; Camera Karl Struss; Editor Ray Curtis

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

Mae West Warren William Randolph Scott Lyle Talbot Alice Brady Isabel Jewell
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