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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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Manius (as John Rutherford)
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Warren Finley Cooper
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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

According to Lucille Ball's autobiography, often the slave girls were left chained up high in the rotunda in between shots and retakes. One day while feeling ill, Lucille fainted, her fake chains gave way, and she fell, almost hitting and getting burned by the lights. Another extra playing a slave driver caught her, and she was unharmed. 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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Spoofed in History of the World: Part I (1981) 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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Um -— Has anyone else noticed how bizarre this movie is?
28 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the underlying themes is slavery —- mostly as satire, but a disturbingly poignant scene at the climax of the slave bazaar number has a girl throwing herself to her death to escape from bondage. This was at a time when Busby Berkeley, the choreographer, was sometimes inserting serious byplay into his numbers (a la "42nd Street"). Boy, is this example a beaut! The Ruth Etting blues solo "No More Love" directly plays on the same theme. Both songs have undercurrents I've never seen suggested in a comedy before or since. These, along with the nutty, racially integrated "Keep Young & Beautiful" routine, add a curiously (yet fascinating) unsavory aspect to the proceedings that is not really easy to characterize.

Oh yeah, what about that lively beer garden drinking song near the beginning and Cantor in black-face! Offensive, absolutely —- but somehow, with Cantor, what's not to love? Politically incorrect? You betcha —- but this is not cruel or demeaning stuff. It's mostly just out-and-out dream-like crazy.

Others have noted the fine production values, and of course the great comic chariot race at the end. Add it all up and what you've got is a nice, unique, big 'ol pastry of a movie musical. If you wanted something to take your mind of things for 93 minutes in 1933, this was just the ticket. If you want something to take your mind off things for 93 minutes in 2007,this is still just the ticket


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