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The Gay Deception (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 13 September 1935 (USA)
Mirabel wins a $5,000 lottery which will enable her to live like a queen in New York. There she meets Sandro, a bellboy who is really a prince, so she does get to be a queen after all.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Sandro
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Mirabel
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Miss Channing
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Lord Clewe
Lennox Pawle ...
Consul-General
Adele St. Mauer ...
Lucille (as Adele St. Maur)
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Spellek
Luis Alberni ...
Ernest
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Gettel
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Mr. Squires
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Mr. Spitzer
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Peg DeForrest
Barbara Fritchie ...
Joan Dennison
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Bell Captain
Robert Greig ...
Adolph
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Storyline

Mirabel wins a $5,000 lottery which will enable her to live like a queen in New York. There she meets Sandro, a bellboy who is really a prince, so she does get to be a queen after all. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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13 September 1935 (USA)  »

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April Folly  »

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(copyright length) (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Dave O'Brien (Bellhop), Doro Merande (Linen Maid), Robert Graves, Francis Sayles and Gus Reed (Chefs), Lew Kelly (Hotel Carpenter), Olaf Hytten (Butler), Nell Craig and 'Sam Ash' See more »

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old ain't necessarily good
8 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As I read other comments about this movie, I wonder if its the same movie I watched. Here is Francis Lederer, smarmy, simpering smile and all, as a prince working as a bell boy in a New York hotel. The movies of the 30's (which I love, for the most part) seem to be full of princes, kings, and assorted rich people masquerading as poor people. I'm sure it was a depression era thing, but the reasoning is beyond me.

Frances Dee is every bit as beautiful as purported. I'm sure she was a capable actress. She is barely believable, though, as a poor girl masquerading as wealthy, via a sudden windfall of 5000 dollars.

As for plot, you get the idea. Predictable to say the least.

This is not the movie to prove Dee's acting ability, though. Benita Hume, Lionel Stander and Alan Mowbry lend a modicum of acting talent to the proceedings, but not enough to save it from being a bad movie.

The reason for an Oscar nomination escapes me.


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