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Writers:
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Release Date:
29 December 1935 (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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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 Seton ... 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)

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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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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Opening credits: To the adventurer, to all who stray from the beaten track, life is an extravaganza in which laughter and luck and love come in odd ways, unexpectedly-but they are none the less sweet for that.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
HELLO! HELLO! WHO'S YOUR LADY FRIEND?See more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Odd film that plays with gender issues, 21 January 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Androgeny is a quality that some of the biggest of our great stars possessed: Garbo, Dietrich, Grant, Vanessa Redgrave, to name a few, and of course, Katharine Hepburn. In "Sylvia Scarlett," she plays a young woman masquerading as a young man for part of this rather strange film that can't make up its mind what it is. The movie also stars Cary Grant, Edmund Gwenn and Brian Aherne. Gwenn is Henry Scarlett, an embezzler who has to high-tail it out of England fast. When his daughter Sylvia insists on going along, he tells her everyone will be looking for him with his daughter, so Sylvia becomes Sylvester by cutting his hair and donning mens' clothes.

On the boat, the two meet Jimmy Monckley, a con man, and eventually team up with him for a series of cons. Then a flirtatious maid friend of Jimmy's joins them and they become vaudevillians in one of the film's more bizarre twists. Henry, a widower, marries said maid and winds up obsessive and jealous (with, one suspects, good reason since she makes a pass at Sylvia as Sylvester). One night at a performance, the cast meets an artist, Michael Fane, whom Sylvia falls for, and she ultimately reveals himself to him as a woman.

The plot of this film changes more than the sexes, with Hepburn inexplicably staying a boy once she and her father have made their escape to France. There are some great scenes - the con in the French park, with Sylvia pretending to be a destitute boy who can't speak English, and the scene where the dress she stole on the beach so she could make her big reveal to Michael is recognized by the owner. Also, the act they perform is amusing. It probably would have been better to stick with the con angle and have the script go from there, but it goes from that to the performance angle to a love triangle etc.

Katharine Hepburn makes both an excellent boy and young woman in the throes of first love, and Cary Grant has an early, uncharacteristic role as an absolute thief and heel who is also somewhat abusive. His persona would change, and he would find it difficult to convince anyone later on to let him go back to this type of character who is not redeemed at the end. But his good looks and charm make him a natural rogue. The underrated Brian Aherne, who it appears wound up taking a back seat to Errol Flynn, is marvelous as Michael. He's romantic, sexy, and gives the role a light touch.

Directed by George Cukor, "Sulvia Scarlett" is a dizzy film that's not a wild comedy (which it probably should have been) or a drama or a love story. It's remembered today for Hepburn's cross-dressing. A shame, because it could have been remembered for more than that.

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