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Roman Scandals (1933)

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A kind-hearted young man is thrown out of his corrupt home town of West Rome, Oklahoma. He falls asleep and dreams that he is back in the days of olden Rome, where he gets mixed up with court intrigue and a murder plot against the Emperor.

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Olga
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Princess Sylvia
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Empress Agrippa
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Jack Rutherford ...
Manius (as John Rutherford)
Willard Robertson ...
Warren Finley Cooper
Lee Kohlmar ...
Storekeeper
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A kind-hearted young man is thrown out of his corrupt home town of West Rome, Oklahoma. He falls asleep and dreams that he is back in the days of olden Rome, where he gets mixed up with court intrigue and a murder plot against the Emperor.

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29 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esc├óndalos Romanos  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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Trivia

The studio had say over which girls Busby Berkeley could or could not use in his chorus lines and could reject one of them for any reason, though Berkeley usually fought for all of his casting decisions. For this film the studio rejected only two members of the chorus, Barbara Pepper and Lucille Ball. See more »

Goofs

On commonly available reissue prints of this film all the cast and credits are reprinted, with the following spelling errors: Songwriter Al Dubin's surname is spelled Dublin. Chariot sequence director Ralph Ceder's surname is spelled Cedar. Actress Verree Teasdale's first name is spelled Veree. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mayor of West Rome: As mayor of West Rome, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and to introduce our first citizen, Warren Fenwick Cooper!
Warren F. Cooper: Thank you, mayor. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. Heh, heh, you see I know my Roman history.
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Remake of Vamping Venus (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

Kickin' the Gong Around
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Partially Sung a cappella by Eddie Cantor
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Eddie Cantor in Ancient Rome, a depression era comedy
26 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Eddie (Cantor) is escorted to the city limits of his home town of Rome (Oklahoma, I think) because of a run in with the city fathers who find his charitable, good nature a hindrance. He falls asleep and wakes up in ancient Rome. If you are a fan of ol' Banjo Eyes, this film is for you. It is pure Cantor, from start to finish, with all the attendant jokes, one liners, comebacks, eye rolling and pratfalls. If you are not a devotee, there is little to recommend this 1933 flicker. George S. Kaufman could have done better by the plot, although anything he might have written would have been over powered by Cantor. Busby Berkley and the Goldwyn Girls provide plenty of eye candy, and the music is among the best of the early musicals, especially "Build a little House" which opens and closes the film. Ruth Etting, although billed along with Gloria Stuart and Veree Teasdale, provides but one song, "No More Love". Teasdale and Stuart will remind you of just how glamorously beautiful the female stars molded by the studio system could be. To boot, they could act. The only actors who come close to matching the presence of Cantor are Edward Arnold, as the Emperor, and Alan Mowbray, as the Major Domo; both could be accomplished scene stealers. The chariot chase is spectacular, although marred by the then common practice of speeding up the action by adjusting the film speed. This is not among the best of the depression era comedies and musicals, but I can think of worse ways to spend 90 minutes.


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