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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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En förtjusande pojke  »

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$641,000 (estimated)
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Cary Grant's attempt at a Cockney accent was widely ridiculed when the film was released in the UK. 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

Michael Fane: I say! I know what it is that gives me a queer feeling when I look at you.
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Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: George Cukor (1973) See more »

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HELLO! HELLO! WHO'S YOUR LADY FRIEND?
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Music by Harry Fragson
Lyrics by Worton David and Bert Lee (1914)
Sung by Cary Grant 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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