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Roman Scandals (1933)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Musical  |  29 December 1933 (USA)
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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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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:

Escândalos 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 »

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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Connections

Spoofed in History of the World: Part I (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Build a Little Home
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Eddie Cantor and chorus
Reprised by him and chorus near the end
Played often in the score
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Best of Eddie Cantor's Films

I saw "Roman Scandals" as a small child. I loved it.

I saw it again as an adult, and it held up beautifully.

This is the film I'd recommend to give one a sense of what made Eddie Cantor a great entertainer.

My earliest memories of a radio show was his show -- every Sunday. He had Deanna Durbin and Dinah Shore as guests (at different periods) every week long before their heydays.

Also, "Roman Scandals" shows Eddie Cantor looking youthful. His stage/screen persona depended on a sense of innocent youth. That's why his later screen efforts didn't work as well.

But "Roman Scandals" is a delightful early sound musical comedy.

Bill Gumbiner


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