She Done Him Wrong

1933 film by Lowell Sherman

She Done Him Wrong is a Pre-Code 1933 Paramount Pictures comedy/romance film, set in the Gay Nineties, in which a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member.

Directed by Lowell Sherman. Written by Harvey F. Thew and John Bright, based on the 1928 play Diamond Lil by Mae West.
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Lady Lou

  • I always did like a man in a uniform. That one fits you grand. Why don't you come up sometime and see me? I'm home every evening.
  • Listen, when women go wrong, men go right after them.
  • You said I had a soul. I looked for it, but I didn't find it.


Captain Cummings: Haven't you ever met a man that could make you happy?
Lady Lou: Sure, lots of times.

Captain Cummings: Well, surely you don't mind my holding your hand?
Lady Lou: It ain't heavy - I can hold it myself.

Lady Lou: Yes, I wasn't always rich.
Pearl: No?
Lady Lou: No, there was a time I didn't know where my next husband was coming from.

Captain Cummings: You bad girl.
Lady Lou: Mmm, you'll find out.

Frances Kelly: You know, ever since I sang that song it's been haunting me.
Rag Time Kelly: It SHOULD haunt you: You murdered it.

Serge Stanieff: I am delighted. I have heard so much about you.
Lady Lou: Yeah, but you can't prove it.

Serge Stanieff: I swear I shall make you happy. I shall die to make you happy.
Lady Lou: Mmm, but you wouldn't be much use to me dead.

Lady Lou: Come up again - any time.
Serge Stanieff: I shall, then I hope you will be alone.
Lady Lou: So do I, warm, dark and handsome.

Captain Cummings: I'm sorry you think more of your diamonds than you do of your soul.
Lady Lou: I'm sorry you think more of my soul than you do of my diamonds.

Gus Jordan: So you met a man who wouldn't fall for you, eh?
Lady Lou: Who wants him to fall? Why he'd be the kind the woman'd have to marry to get rid of.

Russian Rita: My pin! What do you mean by taking my pin?
Lady Lou: I didn't take your pin, he gave it to me.
Russian Rita: Well, I want it back right now!
Lady Lou: You try and get it. I wouldn't give you this here thing now for spite. If you asked me for it the right way you coulda had it. I got all the rocks I want, but I'll keep this here thing now to remember you by.

Dan Flynn: She sure is a handsome girl, Gus. I wonder you don't get jealous, all the men are so crazy about her.
Gus Jordan: Well, I do get kind of mad at the attention some of them show her. But it ain't bad, havin' a girl that all the men are after. Shows I must be pretty good, eh, Flynn?

Sally: How did you know there was a man?
Lady Lou: There always is. It takes two to get one in trouble.

Pearl: What I means is, you ain't never been in the circumstances where the wolf came to your door.
Lady Lou: The wolf at my door? Why, I remember when he came right into my room and had pups.

Lady Lou: What was he? Married?
Sally: Yes, but I didn't know.
Lady Lou: Makes no difference to me whether you did or not. Men's all alike, married or single. It's their game. I happen to be smart enough to play it their way. You'll come to it.

Pearl: He ain't like the other men you done made history of.
Lady Lou: No, that's what makes him kinda interestin'. Wouldn't hurt me any to have a new kind of man added to my record, would it?
Pearl: Goodness me, Miss Lou.

Misquoted or misattributed

  • Is that a bannana in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
    • Despite many claims, this line was never uttered by anyone in this or any other film that starred Mae West, prior to Sextette in 1978. According to the Quote Investigator she ad-libbed something similar during a rehearsal for her comedic play, Catherine was Great (1944), which was told in The Nine Lives of Michael Todd by Art Cohn (1958).


  • The Darling of Broadway Gives a Hot Time to the Nation.
  • "YOU CAN BE HAD!" she told him!


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