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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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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
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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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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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April Folly  »

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(copyright length) (FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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William Wyler had to alter some of his shots when it became apparent that Frances Dee was pregnant (with Jody McCrea). See more »

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Wyler - pre Roman Holiday!
28 January 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I love Wyler. People never talk about him regardless of the fact that he directed the best epic movie ever, Ben Hur, one of the best rom-coms ever Roman Holiday, and classics like The Best Years of Our Lives and Funny Girl.

he Gay Deception, like Roman Holiday, is a tale about a royalty wanting to be a normal, everyday person like everyone else. He ends up falling in love with a girl who on the other hand wants to be royalty, if only for one month, after she wins the lottery.

No prize for guessing the ending. But Wyler too knows the audience knows how the story will be resolved - so he makes every joke count. Every meeting is a delightful clash of the opposites, with fast witted dialogue and hilarious performances, especially by Lederer, whom I have never seen this funny.

If you look closely, you will notice small jokes with open references to sex and things impure that the Production Code was against and did not allow. This isn't It Happened One Night, but it's a nice film that will make you smile.


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