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Roman Scandals (1933)

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

Escândalos Romanos  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Since The Goldwyn Girls is credited in the early cast credits, but is not in the more comprehensive set of cast credits, the early credits are listed first in the IMDb cast, followed by those in the comprehensive credits not yet in, as required by IMDb policy on cast ordering. 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

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Soundtracks

Dinah
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Partially Sung a cappella by Eddie Cantor
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A Forgotten Comedy Classic?
4 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

Based on how few people have rated this film (under 500), I am left with the impression that it must not be purchased, streamed or aired very often. And what a shame, because it is pretty funny, and would be enjoyed by anyone who likes the witty kind of humor the Marx Brothers were doing. (There is even a poison sequence that is not unlike a Danny Kaye skit twenty years later: "The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!") I suppose the blackface skit may be one reason the film has fallen out of favor, but this is unfortunate. Whether you consider this racist or not, it is part of film history and should not be simply forgotten or hidden.


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