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Fools for Scandal (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 16 April 1938 (USA)
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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Fernand Gravey ...
Rene Vilardell (as Fernand Gravet)
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Phillip Chester
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Dewey Gilson
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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 ...
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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Comedy | Music | Romance

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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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Originally set to star Marion Davies. See more »

Quotes

Kay Winters: It's stupid to say this is love. I don't even know you! All I know is you're a charming young man who makes a divine salad.
Rene Vilardell: And don't forget the Crepe Suzettes.
Kay Winters: You have nice eyes and a breezy tongue. But, that's necessarily a basis for an enduring love!
Rene Vilardell: You talk of love as if it were something with a cornerstone and steel girders. Just try to think of it as a gleam in the eye, a laugh, a moment of gayety, a moment of exultation, then the whole problem becomes quite simple.
Kay Winters: And we become quite ...
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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 »

Soundtracks

Just a Simple Melody
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Played when Kay and Rene arrive at Le Petit Harlem
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Very pleasant surprise.
10 April 2005 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is described in Carole Lombard's biography by Larry Swindell as "one of the horrendous flops of the thirties decade" and by Photoplay as "inane" and "pointless". I must say that I was expecting something as horrendous as Carole's 1933 movie "White Woman", but was pleasantly surprised to find this an endearing, lighthearted romp. The actors seemed to enjoy themselves and recognize that they were not filming Shakespeare, but a screwball comedy. The scenes are varied and interesting, the action moves along at a bright pace and things are anything but dull, including a surprise ending to top things off.

The only criticism I can make is that Carole does seem to shout her lines for some unknown reason. I assume this is the director's fault. And the overall tone of the movie should probably have been toned down and played with more sophistication in spots to give the film a little more class. In a few places it almost goes over the top into a "Three Stooges" mode. Ralph Bellamy really made me laugh a few times. However, Carole has never been more beautiful, and I was not turned off by Fernand Gravet's performance as so many seemed to have been at the time. Come on, no ones perfect. If this film had been made a few years earlier in her career, I think it could easily have been a classic.


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