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The Lady of Scandal (1930)

Passed | | Romance, Comedy, Drama | 24 May 1930 (USA)
A famous British actress gets involved with two members of a reserved British noble family, whose plan to get rid of her backfires.



(from the play by), (scenario) (as Hans Kraly) | 2 more credits »
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A British nobleman, John, falls in love with famous actress, Elsie, and forces the marriage issue by publishing their engagement. He then plans to take her to his father's estate to meet his relatives. His father, Lord Crayle, has summoned the immediate family to discuss how to prevent John from marrying beneath his station. When they meet Elsie, they are all shocked she is a commoner except cousin Edward, whose opinion is discounted, since he is involved with a married woman in Paris. After being queried, Elsie senses the meeting is senseless and starts to leave, but Edward persuades her not to accept defeat. Meanwhile, Elsie's father arrives and, although derided as a commoner by the family, agrees with them that the marriage is a mistake. He says that Elsie has only agreed to marry John because of the published engagement, and that she's not in love with him at all: she had turned him down twice a day for a year. He suggests that the family ask Elsie to wait six months, and to ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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She was put on trial for love because her fiancé's family scented scandal.


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24 May 1930 (USA)  »

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1.20 : 1
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(1928). Stage Play: The High Road. Comedy. Written by Frederick Lonsdale. Directed by Frederick Lonsdale. Fulton Theatre: 10 Sep 1928- Jan 1929 (closing date unknown/144 performances). Cast: Edna Best (as "Elsie Hilary"), Alfred Drayton (as "James Hilary"), Winifred Harris (as "Lady Minster"), Frederick Kerr (as "Lord Trench"), Herbert Marshall (as "Duke of Warrington"), Edward Martin (as "Morton"), Lionel Pape (as "Sir Reginald Whelby"), H. Reeves-Smith (as "Lord Crayle"), Nancy Ryan (as "Alex"), Hilda Spong (as "Lady Trench"), Mackenzie Ward (as "Ernest"), John Williams (as "Lord of Teylesmore"). Produced by Charles B. Dillingham. Note: Filmed by MGM as The Lady of Scandal (1930). See more »


For he's a Jolly Good Fellow
Sung a cappella by Frederick Kerr
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Ruth Chatterton Has Charm to Spare
27 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting drawing room comedy from Frederick Lonsdale (On Approval) casts Ruth Chatterton as a stage star engaged to dull Ralph Forbes. It's announced in the papers that they are to marry so he brings her home to meet the relatives who are outraged at having an actress invade their stuffy manor house.

Forbes' father (Herbert Bunston) decides that he will allow it if she quits the stage and stays engaged for 6 months. Three weeks later she cannot abide the oaf and has fallen for Basil Rathbone. She's also brought LIFE into the house in the forms of music, tennis, and "gullet washers" (cocktails).

Chatterton was a charming actress of early talkies and is best remembered as a silly wife in the wonderful Dodsworth. She's terrific here and opens and closes the film with a song-and-dance stage number. Rathbone is OK as the love interest. Others in the cast include Nance O'Neill, Effie Ellsler, Cyril Chadwick, Mackenzie Ward, the oddly named Moon Carroll, Edgar Norton (butler again), Robert Bolder as Chatterton's father, and Frederick Kerr, who steals the film as the old crab who discovers the joys of gullet washers.

The immense set is quite good as is the writing. As with most of Lonsdale's plays, there is a serious undertone. But Chatterton is always very good, and the rapport between Kerr and O'Neill is hilarious. Forbes may well have been the most boring actor in films.

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