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Release Date:
3 January 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
Howard Hughes visited the set one day, landing his amphibious plane near the beach where they were filming. Hughes said he stopped by to say hello to his good friend Cary Grant but in actuality he wanted to meet Katharine Hepburn, whom he was fascinated by. The film The Aviator (2004) recreates this first meeting of theirs.See more »
Quotes:
Jimmy Monkley:Little friend of all the world, nobody's enemy but me own.
Sylvia Scarlett:Yeah, I can tell that by the look of you.
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HELLO! HELLO!See more »

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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
eh., 5 October 2005
Author: zygimantas from Lithuania

You can't really love this picture, to be honest, though I really do want to love anything with Hepburn. In fact, this was the first time I ever caught myself thinking she'd put in a second-rate performance, but that's arguable - some will say that her boyishness actually was well done, and I can't entirely disagree with that.

The truth is that this movie is bursting with melodramatic affectation, and that is rather off-putting to us who are so used to the post-Brando state of character representation. We have to believe that the actor IS the character for the whole thing (writing, characterization, acting, everything) to be a success. If we are embarrassed by what we perceive as a bad performance, the whole thing's in danger of being embarrassing. Now I am no expert on 30s cinema, but I have seen a lot of this kind of thing originating from that decade and I kind of reckon it was the expected style of performance, still left-over from the silent days when body language was all a performer had. Knowing what Hepburn would be capable of bringing later, I think it can't be that she relied on the melodrama like a crutch - instead it's my feeling that she was too easily by Cukor's direction, since many of the other cast members act similarly.

The script is also weak, as it relies on the audience using their imagination far too much in order to fill in the gaps we assume exist in the novel. A good writer/director team will indicate passage of time more fluidly than this; we are left with a lurching sensation, like weeks or months have passed for the characters but not for us, and some might even be confused by the sudden shift of action. If it hadn't been for this clumsiness, I would have given the picture another star for scope.

The film gets the five stars I gave it for Cary Grant's performance, which is one of the best of his career, a superb, well rounded job, and of course it is good enough to deserve a recommendation for the film, even if everything else about it was not-so-good.

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