Directed by Ken Hughes, produced by Daniel Briggs, Robert Sullivan and Harry Weiss for the production company Briggs and Sullivan, the script was by Herbert Baker based on the play Sextet by Mae West. Costumes were designed by Edith Head.
Filmed at Paramount Studios, Sextette was Mae West's final movie. Featured are cameos by Rona Barrett, Regis Philbin and George Raft playing themselves. West made her movie debut in Raft's Night After Night (1932).
Although initially a box-office failure, Sextette has become a cult classic and has, in fact, done well through premium cable movie channel showings, VHS and DVD releases.
The hotel is also the location of an international conference, where leaders have come together to resolve tensions and problems that threaten the survival of the world. As the chairman, Mr. Chambers (played by Pidgeon) is trying to call the meeting to order, but the delegates are crowding to the windows in an effort to catch a glimpse of Marlo when she arrives.
As they enter the lobby, Marlo, now Lady Barrington, and her nobleman husband are swarmed by admirers and reporters. When asked, "Do you get a lot of proposals from your male fans?" she quips, "Yeah, and what they propose is nobody’s business."
Once inside their suite, the couple are unable to go to bed and have sex because of constant interruptions due to the demands of her career, such as interviews, dress fittings and photo sessions, as well as the various men, including some former husbands, diplomat Alexei Andreyev Karansky (played by Curtis), director Laslo Karolny (played by Starr), gangster Vance Norton (played by Hamilton), and an entire athletic team from the U.S., who all want to have sex with her.
Meanwhile, Turner desperately searches for an audiotape containing his client's memoirs, in order to destroy it. Marlo has recorded extensive details about her affairs and scandals, with a lot of dirt about her husbands and lovers. Ex-husband Alexei, who is the Russian delegate at the conference, threatens to derail the intense negotiations unless he can have another sexual encounter with her. Marlo is expected to work "undercover" to ensure world peace.
Dom DeLuise has stated many times that Curtis's claims "never happened". Deluise's opinion is lent credence by the fact that he filmed most of the scenes with West. Curtis states in the same interview that West was 92 while filming. (She was 85.) Curtis also has stated that Miss West wrote his part especially for him (although that was not true).
Another story is that West had a cane concealed under her long gown so that she could walk.
Yet another story is that after one scene West stayed in an elevator waiting for hours for the crew to call her out.