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One Rainy Afternoon (1936)

 -  Comedy  -  13 May 1936 (USA)
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Actor Philippe Martin and his married date Yvonne plan to neck in a darkened cinema, but he gets the wrong seat and mistakenly kisses lovely Monique, a publisher's daughter. An absurd ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Martin
Monique Pelerin
Erik Rhodes ...
Count Alfredo Donstelli
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Monsieur Pelerin
Liev De Maigret ...
Yvonne - Countess Live de Maigret
Georgia Caine ...
Murray Kinnell ...
Theatre Manager
Leading Man
Richard Carle ...
Minister of Justice
Phyllis Barry ...
Felice (Maillot's secretary)
Lois January ...
Mr Perelin's Secretary
Eily Malyon ...
President of Purity League


Actor Philippe Martin and his married date Yvonne plan to neck in a darkened cinema, but he gets the wrong seat and mistakenly kisses lovely Monique, a publisher's daughter. An absurd scandal results; to protect Yvonne, Philippe insists that he was simply overcome by Monique's beauty. This naturally intrigues Monique...but her nominal fiancée feels differently. French bureaucracy is broadly satirized. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

13 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Matinee Scandal  »

Box Office


$511,383 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (2005 DVD release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Yvonne: Do you think they will send him to jail?
Toto: Oh sure, he hasn't got a chance. Now if he were only a murderer...
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Music by Emil Waldteufel
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Not great....
24 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"One Rainy Afternoon" is an American remake of the French film "Monsieur Sans-Gêne". I have no idea if the French film is any good or not, all I know is that "One Rainy Afternoon" became VERY tiresome almost as soon as it started! This is due to a terrible miscasting of Francis Lederer in a comedy--and his abilities with comedy were nonexistent. A fine actor, yes, but a comedian, no way! In addition, there is a lot of Hugh Herbert in the film and my theory about his films is that the more of him in a movie, the less I'll enjoy it. High laugh just pierces my brain and makes me want to scream.

As for the plot, it's VERY contrived and not enough to support an entire full-length film. Lederer is going to meet a married woman at the theater but instead of sitting there and kissing her in the dark, he accidentally kisses a stranger (Ida Lupino). What makes this so unendurable is everyone's reaction to this--like the world is about to end or something! To base an entire film on such a faux pas--what a mistake and the film comes off as very forced and unfunny.

UPDATE: I saw this film again recently and think the original review a bit too severe. I now admit that the film, while seemingly endorsing sexual harassment, has some charm nevertheless.

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