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Fools for Scandal (1938)

 -  Comedy | Music | Romance  -  16 April 1938 (USA)
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Rene is broke and Kay is a rich actress visiting Paris. They meet, share a cab and dinner. He is smitten by her, but she leaves for London and he follows. At her house, when he cooks the ... See full summary »

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Kay Winters
Fernand Gravey ...
Rene (as Fernand Gravet)
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Phillip Chester
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Dewey Gibson
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Lady Paula Malverton
Marie Wilson ...
Myrtle
Marcia Ralston ...
Jill
Ottola Nesmith ...
Agnes (as Tola Nesmith)
Heather Thatcher ...
Lady Potter-Porter
Jacques Lory ...
Papa Joli-Coeur
Tempe Pigott ...
Bessie (as Tempe Piggott)
Michelette Burani ...
Mme. Brioche
Jeni Le Gon ...
Specialty (as Jeni LeGon)
Les Hite and His Orchestra
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Rene is broke and Kay is a rich actress visiting Paris. They meet, share a cab and dinner. He is smitten by her, but she leaves for London and he follows. At her house, when he cooks the dessert, the chef quits and he takes the job, unbeknownst to Kay. By the next day, the scandal is all over London about him living in her house and that upsets Philip, who wants Kay for his wife. Kay tells Rene to leave, but Rene plans to get rid of Philip. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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16 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escândalos de Amor  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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After completing this film, producer-director Mervyn LeRoy moved from Warner Bros. to MGM. He would return to Warners to take over directing Mister Roberts (1955) from John Ford. The last credited association between Warners and Mr. LeRoy would be for his producing and directing Mary, Mary (1963). See more »

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The opening credits say "Music and Lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart" even though Rodgers wrote only the music and Hart only the lyrics. See more »

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Fools for Scandal
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Played during the opening credits
Whistled by Fernand Gravey
Rhymed dialogue between Fernand Gravey and Carole Lombard
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"Isn't France wonderful? Everybody speaks French, even the children."
12 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

American actress (Carole Lombard) visiting Paris meets a penniless Frenchman (Fernand Gravet). He becomes smitten with her and pursues her for the rest of the movie. This doesn't sit well with her dull American beau (Ralph Bellamy).

Carole Lombard tries too hard in this to overcompensate for the weak script by acting like she's in one of her other (better) screwball comedies. She shouts a lot, for some reason, and it's annoying. She is beautiful, though. French actor Fernand Gravet has no chemistry with Lombard and seems ill-suited to being a leading man. It doesn't help matters that he's French yet has a nasally English accent. Presumably this is because Gravet was raised in England. Ralph Bellamy is fine in a role he was very used to by this time. Poor Ralph Bellamy. His career was built on playing the boring nice guy who gets thrown over for the more exciting, flirtatious guy. Nice support from Allen Jenkins, Marie Wilson, and Isabel Jeans. A huge box office flop when released, it's considered by many Lombard fans today to be her worst movie. It's not very funny, that's for sure.


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