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Set in New York City, Mae West is Peaches O'Day, a con artist who befriends Captain Jim McCarey (Edmund Lowe), a cop who must turn her in unless she leaves town. The clever Peaches returns transformed as sultry brunette and Parisian sensation Mademoiselle Fifi. After catching her show, crooked mayoral candidate John Quade (Lloyd Nolan) tries to close it down when Peaches demurely declines his romantic overtures. Captain McCarey jumps in the race for mayor against Quade, and the loyal Peaches fervently campaigns for him. As usual, Mae causes a commotion as she deftly maneuvers her way through a battle between the good and the corrupt.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Mae West's pre-code reputation apparently influenced sponsors against it, even though it's strictly post-code, and airings were few and far between. One of its earliest documented telecasts took place in Pittsburgh Monday 18 April 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 16 October 2012 as a single as part of the Universal Vault Series and again 8 March 2016 as one of nine titles in Universal's Mae West: The Essential Collection. See more »
Not a single laugh in this comedy....a huge misfire for Ms. West.
In "Every Day's a Holiday", Mae West is just terrible. And, considering she wrote the screenplay*, all the responsibility for this mess is on her. Why am I so hard on this film? Mae plays two parts---a huckster named Peaches O'Day and a 'French' actress, Mademoiselle Fifi. In the Fifi persona, she's just terrible and overacts....so much so that I wish she'd just been herself, as she could be quite funny playing herself.
The story is set at New Years Eve. It's 1899 and about to turn 1900 and folks announce that they're entering a new century...which is incorrect as the century actually begins 1901. I know this is a minor quibble. Anyway, Peaches is just returning to town as she often runs afoul of the law and disappeared for a while until things cooled down. Some time later, she's thrown out of town by the police captain (Edmund Lowe). Later, she returns in brown wig and is now Mademoiselle Fifi...and, oddly, folks don't recognize that she's Peaches!
Soon the scumbag party boss of the town, 'Honest' John Quade (Lloyd) is smitten with Fifi. But Fifi can't stand this crook...nor can the honest police captain...who was just fired by Quade. She convinces him to run for mayor against Quade....and you know that Quade won't allow for a fair or honest election.
There are so many problems with this film....beyond just West embarrassing herself with her Fifi persona. There's a lot of music...which is odd since West is not a singer. But the biggest mistake is that it's a comedy...and there's not a single laugh in the film. What makes this really amazing is that Charles Butterworth is in the movie to provide comic relief...and he's not even funny. Badly written and unenjoyable....it ranks with "Myra Breckinridge" as one of Mae West's worst films.
*While West did not write every script for every film she was in, when she didn't, she would re-write them. A very talented writer and great with the one-liners...though NONE of her terrific and suggestive one-liners are in "Every Day's a Holiday".
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