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
Ruth De Milo
George Meeker ...
Dr. Herbert Stallings
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 ...
Mary Field ...
Bessie, an attendant
Louise Squire ...


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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4 October 1938 (USA)  »

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Written by an angry man!
1 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Slander House" has some of the most bizarre axes to grind. After all, according to this film, all rich society ladies are really just nasty, fat, old cackling fools. And, men cheat on these wives because the women deserve it. And, if you stalk and harass a woman enough, eventually she'll marry you!!! Talk about a sick story!

Madame Helene operates a spa and fat farm for nasty fat rich ladies. While she's nice about her clientèle, her best friend (Pert Kelton) and other employees refer to them as 'old battleships' and other nice appellations. And, these women live up to this in the film, as they are almost comically stupid and annoying. A weird guy suddenly begins stalking Helene and insists they should marry--though she's never met the guy! And, the crazy guy's lawyer then begins sexually harassing Helene big-time--and the stupid, fat and ugly society women begin blaming innocent Helene for being a home-wrecker. By the end of the film she does what any logical woman would do--she marries the stalker and lives happily ever after.

The bottom line is that this film looks as if it were written by a very, very angry man--one that HATES rich women. All the ladies portrayed in the film are lazy slobs who deserve to have cheating husbands!! What a terrible film--and a film that never once seems believable or entertaining--just mean-spirited and cruel. What a weird little film.

By the way, Kelton later became the first actress to play Alice Kramden on "The Jackie Gleason Show". Nowadays, few would remember this.

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