Klondike Annie

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"She Made the Frozen North... Red Hot!"
  • Passed
  • 1936
  • 1 hr 20 min
  • 6.4  (785)

In the classic Hollywood comedy Klondike Annie, the inimitable Mae West stars as Rose Carlton, a brassy and streetwise woman from San Francisco who becomes entangled in a web of gold-digging and deception during the Yukon gold rush of the late 19th century. With her quick wit, sultry voice, and ample curves on full display, West turns in a performance that is both stylish and irreverent, cementing her status as one of the most iconic stars of the era.

The film opens with Rose working in a dance hall in San Francisco, where she catches the eye of young mining engineer Jack (Phillip Reed). Despite his efforts to resist her charms, Rose soon has Jack wrapped around her finger, and persuades him to take her with him to the gold fields of the Klondike. Once there, Rose sets her sights on the wealthy prospector Slade (Victor McLaglen), a hardened man who has already lost two wives to the harsh realities of the frontier.

With Jack's help, Rose poses as a French countess and manages to snare Slade's attention, even as she wrangles with his jealous former flame, the saloon singer Mamie (Helen Jerome Eddy). Along the way, there are shootouts, mistaken identities, and plenty of double entendres as West delivers her trademark quips with gusto.

Despite its somewhat formulaic plot, Klondike Annie stands out for its sharp writing and memorable performances. West's character is a refreshing departure from the standard damsels in distress of the era, with her bold sexuality and independent spirit marking her as a subversive figure. McLaglen is equally compelling as Slade, bringing a depth and nuance to what could have been a straightforward villain.

The film is also notable for its rich production design and cinematography, capturing the rugged beauty of the Klondike landscape with stunning precision. From the frozen rivers to the bustling saloons, the world of Klondike Annie feels immersive and vivid, transporting audiences to a bygone era of wild west adventure.

Of course, no discussion of Klondike Annie would be complete without mentioning Mae West's unforgettable performances numbers. From the sultry "I'm an Occidental Woman in an Oriental Mood for Love" to the raunchy "Frankie and Johnny," West pushes the boundaries of what was acceptable on screen at the time, showcasing her considerable talents as a singer and dancer.

Despite its many strengths, Klondike Annie was not without controversy. The Hays Code, Hollywood's self-regulating system of censorship, deemed the film too risqué for release, leading to extensive cuts to the script and several of West's songs. However, even in its modified form, the film was a hit with audiences and cemented West's status as a box office draw.

In the decades since its release, Klondike Annie has been recognized as a classic of the pre-code era, showcasing the talents of one of Hollywood's most iconic leading ladies. With its blend of comedy, romance, and adventure, the film remains an entertaining and sometimes surprising romp through the gold rush of the north.

Klondike Annie is a 1936 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 20 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.

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    6.4  (785)