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Slander House (1938)

 -  Drama  -  4 October 1938 (USA)
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Owner of salon catering to fat society dames must deal with a dull fiance, a romantic stranger, the jealous blond who loves him, and the lecherous husband of a client.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrienne Ames ...
Craig Reynolds ...
Pat Fenton
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Ruth De Milo
George Meeker ...
Dr. Herbert Stallings
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Mazie Mason
William Newell ...
Terry Kent
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mrs. Horton
Edward Keane ...
George Horton
Vivien Oakland ...
Mrs. Conway
Ruth Gillette ...
Mme. Renault
Dot Farley ...
Mrs. Willis
Bonita Weber ...
Mrs. Richards
Blanche Payson ...
Hilda
Mary Field ...
Bessie, an attendant
Louise Squire ...
Olga
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Madame Helene Smith operates a swanky salon for renovations of women's faces and bodies, with her partner Mazie Mason who grew up with Helene on New York's not-so-swank Tenth Avenue. Mazie is in love with newspaper columnist Terry Kent, who frequents the place for juicy items as the salon is a gathering place for the town's rich and near-rich ladies. Terry calls it a "scandal house" and, if he had known the title would be changed to "Slander House" before release, would have deemed it as such. Upper-crust Doctor Herbert Stallings, with mandatory pencil mustache, is in love with Helene, who isn't all that taken with him. Enter Ruth DeMilo, statuesque showgirl and gold-digger de luxe, quickly followed by Pat Fenton, dashing young man-about-town, who sees and quickly falls in love with Helene, despite the fact she uses Madame as a title. He takes her to a cabaret where she is insulted by Fenton's attorney, George Horton, who tells her that Fenton, the cad, has hired him to check her ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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One for Ames and Meeker fans!
27 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Although Alpha's DVD informs us that "some sound and picture anomalies exist" on their print, I didn't notice any. In fact it's very attractively photographed by Mil Andersen. Aside from two or three full-face close-ups, Adrienne Ames looks really beautiful, She also delivers a convincing performance which – considering the unconvincing screenplay – ranks as quite an achievement. The fly in the ointment – both in fact and in the film – is a breezy, over self-confident "hero" in Craig Reynolds whom the script favors over George Meeker. I'll admit that George is not usually a young girl's fancy, but helped by the script here, he plays his role with a quite convincing charisma. Reynolds, on the other hand, comes over either as a brash, overly self-confident phony or simply as an undesirable pest. Fortunately, when it can tear itself away from our heroine's romantic entanglements, the script does manage a satiric look at the "beauty" business and the mature women gulled into spending a fortune in vain efforts to recapture their youthful attractiveness. And by his usual rather humble standards, Charles Lamont's direction is surprisingly slick.


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