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Fools for Scandal (1938)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Fernand Gravey ...
Rene Vilardell (as Fernand Gravet)
Phillip Chester
Dewey Gilson
Lady Paula Malverton
Marie Wilson ...
Marcia Ralston ...
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 ...
Les Hite and His Orchestra


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 <>

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Release Date:

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 »


Rene Vilardell: When I think of a girl like Kay getting married in Fort Wayne, i could cry.
Dewey Gilson: When I think of anybody getting married in Fort Wayne, I could could cry.
Rene Vilardell: If you were a girl, Dewey, wouldn't you rather marry me than Mr. Philip Chester?
Dewey Gilson: If I were a girl, I'd rather marry me.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played offscreen on an organ at a church wedding
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The box office rot had set in
24 April 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

and it was largely because of the Lombard/Gable ''scandal''. Their affair had become very public by 1938 and was probably not greeted with open arms by the American filmgoing audience at the time, considering that Gable was already ''respectably'' married. Lombard did not then endear herself to her public and why should she have? Gable was the idol of millions of women and Lombard was an unwelcome bubble burster. Look at the box office performance of this and her subsequent films, they were virtually all flops until her fortunes began to revive, slightly, with Mr and Mrs Smith. By this time the burning jealousy of those millions of women had softened somewhat. It's kind of fascinating. Fools For Scandal was an expensive and derisive echo of My Man Godfrey, and nowhere near as good. But it was by no means the worst film of the year. A misfire, no doubt. But one with a certain amount of cache. One thing's for sure, it did not result in any kind of a contract for Lombard at Warner Brothers, under the helm of the miserly Jack Warner.

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