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Release Date:
28 October 1932 (USA) See more »
...when her cheating found her out...she sought to make marriage cover her sins! (original ad) See more »
A pretty but virtuous small-town bank clerk is the victim of a vicious rumor from an unsuccessful suitor that she spent the night with a notorious womanizer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Great scenes, sets, photography, and interactions...loved it See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order)

Cary Grant ... Romer Sheffield

Nancy Carroll ... Ruth Brock

Randolph Scott ... Bill Fadden
Edward Woods ... Conny Billop
Lilian Bond ... Eva Randolph (as Lillian Bond)
William Collier Sr. ... Harry Brock

Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Ida Brock
Stanley Smith ... Joe
Rita La Roy ... Camille
Rose Coghlan ... Annie Brock
Oscar Apfel ... Ed W. Randolph
Jessie Arnold ... Aunt Minnie
Grady Sutton ... Archie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nora Cecil ... Gossip on Telephone (uncredited)
Billy Engle ... 3rd Bank Customer (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Marjorie Main ... Gossip in Window (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... 2nd Bank Customer (uncredited)
Mark Strong ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Frederick Sullivan ... 1st Bank Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Seiter  (as William Seiter)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harvey Fergusson  novel
Josephine Lovett  adaptation
Joseph Moncure March  adaptation
Seton I. Miller  screenplay

Produced by
William LeBaron .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur L. Todd (photographed by)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Karl Hajos .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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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.See more »
Miscellaneous: When Conny Billop signs his name in Ruth's date planner, he spells it "Connie", but in the credits the character's name is listed as Conny.See more »
Romer Sheffield:Would it interest you to know that I've wanted you ever since I first saw you in the bank?
Ruth Brock:You're supposed to see things you want in banks.
Romer Sheffield:Yes, but the moment you go to get them, burglar alarms start ringing all over town.
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Great scenes, sets, photography, and interactions...loved it, 24 September 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

Hot Saturday (1932)

There are a few early Cary Grant movies where he has a small role, or where he isn't quite the "Cary Grant" we have come to expect (and which he always jokingly said he wanted to become himself). But this one is pure, true Grant, and very early, indeed. But even better, the plot, the mise-en-scene (including town scenes, domestic situations, and a range of outdoor stuff at the lake including a bohemian roadhouse on the water), and the photography are amazing. I mean amazing. There are a few stumbles in the acting, but you get so swept along, and so continually surprised, this won't matter much at all.

The director of all this gets a huge amount of credit, because William Seiter who pulls the best out of the cast and the crew, equally--and who presumably helped choose some terrific location shots as well as matching studio scenes. Seiter was a Hollywood working man director, doing lesser A-list films and making them decent, though none that I've seen (a small fraction of a huge output from the 20s to the 40s) has the energy and flair of this one. And this is an unsung one, definitely worth seeking out.

Likewise, Arthur Todd behind the camera did a dumpload of good if unamazing films, and so it was with the music and set design. But the leading lady is another story. Nancy Carroll really steals the show, even from Grant and the other leading male, the rather wooden and handsome Randolph Scott. She has a kind of live-wire, doll-face quality a little similar to Claudette Colbert, easily as amazing in this film. Carroll supposedly had more fan mail than any actress in this era of Hollywood, and was contracted with Paramount (which was the studio here). But she was so difficult to work with offscreen (rejecting many parts) they let her go, and her career slid, and she probably missed out on another higher kind of stardom.

But here she is alive, sympathetic, and complex on screen. If Cary Grant isn't enough to lure you in, give Carroll her due.

This is of course a pre-code film (widely advertised as such) and in fact the looseness of the events, the morality of the lead, and the suggestive scenes (never explicit) all help make this come alive. The dance and party scenes are so much fun you'll wish you were there, and the cave in the storm as well as the night scenes in the woods are pretty amazing, too. The end will prove, again, both the ability of pre-code films to touch on real life issues, and the need of even these kinds of films to have a moral compass by the end. The very last few seconds takes care of this.

Great stuff. A huge surprise for me.

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