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Release Date:
3 January 1936 (USA) See more »
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Escaping to England from a French embezzlement charge, widower Henry Scarlett is accompanied by daughter Sylvia who... See more » | Add synopsis »
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It's a Boy, It's a Girl, It's Katharine Hepburn See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katharine Hepburn ... Sylvia Scarlett a.k.a. Sylvester

Cary Grant ... Jimmy Monkley

Brian Aherne ... Michael Fane

Edmund Gwenn ... Henry Scarlett
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Bunny Beatty ... Maid (uncredited)
May Beatty ... Older Woman on Ship (uncredited)
Daisy Belmore ... Fat Woman on Beach (uncredited)
Carmen Beretta ... Woman (uncredited)
Madam Borget ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Thomas Braidon ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Elsa Buchanan ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Patricia Caron ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Harold Cheevers ... Bobby (uncredited)
E.E. Clive ... Customs Inspector (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... Customs Inspector (uncredited)
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Kay Deslys ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Nola Dolberg ... Woman in Bathing Suit (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Older Woman (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Conductor (uncredited)
Gaston Glass ... Purser (uncredited)
Daisy Goodill ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Robert Hale ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Alec Harford ... Man Taking Half a Crown (uncredited)
Peter Hobbes ... Steward (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Customs Inspector (uncredited)
Lilyan Irene ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lorimer Johnston ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Connie La Mont ... Girl at Park Scam (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Logan ... Concerned Woman (uncredited)
Elsie Mackay ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Ella McKenzie ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Dennie Moore ... Maudie Tilt - the Maid (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Park Scam Onlooker (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Train Steward (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Natalie Paley ... Lily Levetsky (uncredited)
Lionel Pape ... Sergeant Major (uncredited)
Lennox Pawle ... Drunk (uncredited)
Ethel Rawson ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Harrington Reynolds ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Roger Roughton ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Violet Seaton ... Bit Part (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Dina Smirnova ... Russian (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Steward (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Purser (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Gladys Unger (screenplay) &
John Collier (screenplay) &
Mortimer Offner (screenplay)

Compton MacKenzie (novel) (as Compton Mac Kenzie)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph H. August (photographed by) (as Joseph August)
 
Film Editing by
Jane Loring (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Holmes .... assistant director (uncredited)
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Sturges Carne .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
George D. Ellis .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louie Anderson .... grip (uncredited)
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Muriel King .... costumes: Miss Hepburn
Bernard Newman .... costumes: Miss Paley
 
Music Department
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music recordist (as P.J. Faulkner Jr.)
Roy Webb .... musical director
 
Other crew
Patricia Doyle .... stand-in: Katharine Hepburn (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | UK:A (original rating) (cut: by 1 min 17 sec) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1997) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #1697)

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Trivia:
The first of four movies pairing Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.See more »
Quotes:
Sylvia Scarlett:Well, we're all fools sometimes. Only you choose such awkward times.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
It's a Boy, It's a Girl, It's Katharine Hepburn, 13 October 2008
Author: evanston_dad from United States

"Sylvia Scarlett" is like a screwball comedy that can't commit to being a screwball comedy.

Hepburn spends much of the first part of the film disguised as a boy so that she and her father (Edmund Gwenn), who are on the lam because of Gwenn's gambling debts, will be less conspicuous. They meet up with a Cockney shyster played by Cary Grant, who falls for Hepburn once he realizes she's actually a girl. Brian Aherne, playing a handsome gentleman the three come across during their travels, falls for her too. The finale involves a zany chase in which Hepburn and Aherne take off after Grant and Aherne's girlfriend in an attempt to get them back, only to discover once they've set off that they really like each other and don't much care about finding the disloyal lovers.

The fact that the film takes on gender issues at ALL makes it a curio worthy of interest, but just WHAT the film wants to do with those gender issues is never clear. Hepburn plays the character like a tomboy who's uncomfortable in her feminine skin, which is completely at odds with the girly girl she portrays in the film's very first scene. The film is never especially funny, but its overall tone is too lighthearted for the dramatic moments to make much of an impact. The editing is ragged and jumpy, which makes me wonder if the studio did some injudicious hacking, leaving elements that that would have made the film make more sense on the cutting room floor.

Critics and audiences have largely dismissed this film with an indifferent shrug, and I can't say that I blame them.

Grade: C

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