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Sylvia Scarlett (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 January 1936 (USA)
Escaping to England from a French embezzlement charge, widower Henry Scarlett is accompanied by daughter Sylvia who, to avoid detection, "disguises" herself as a boy, "Sylvester." They are ... See full summary »

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Escaping to England from a French embezzlement charge, widower Henry Scarlett is accompanied by daughter Sylvia who, to avoid detection, "disguises" herself as a boy, "Sylvester." They are joined by amiable con man Jimmy Monkley, then, after a brief career in crime, meet Maudie Tilt, a giddy, sexy Cockney housemaid who joins them in the new venture of entertaining at resort towns from a caravan. Through all this, amazingly no one recognizes that Sylvia is not a boy...until she meets handsome artist Michael Fane, and drama intrudes on the comedy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

After a disastrous preview, director George Cukor and Katharine Hepburn went to RKO producer Pandro S. Berman's home and offered their services for free for another film. Berman, who was furious at the quality of the movie, replied tersely, "Don't bother please." See more »

Goofs

In the scene in which Sylvia and Michael are having a conversation and then lie down to go to sleep, their conversation continues though their lips have stopped moving. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Scarlett: You've got the mind of a pig.
Jimmy Monkley: It's a pig's world.
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Featured in The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

HELLO! HELLO!
(uncredited)
Written by Alberto Colombo
Performed by Cary Grant, Dennie Moore, Katharine Hepburn and Edmund Gwenn
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Loved the Pink Pierrots!
17 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

I loved it when the characters became the traveling show. I thought I had read about Cary Grant entertaining in the English music halls (before he went to Hollywood?), so it seemed like he was such a natural for this hilarious scene. When I saw the characters starting to sing and dance, I was very happy. Cary Grant's character was having a good old time, and he looked like he was having a lot of fun. Katharine Hepburn's character was taking part in the hi-jinks, as well as her father and the maid. All dressed in their clown costumes made me wish there were more of these vaudeville frivolities. The makeup transformation of Katharine Hepburn into a boy is just fabulous, and the scene where she becomes a young lady for Brian Aherne is exceedingly convincing and lovely. She is just great at doing these chameleon changes.


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