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Design for Scandal (1941)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  December 1941 (USA)
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To save his job, newsman Jeff Sherman offers to help his boss get out of a swingeing alimony settlement. But his devious plan to compromise Cornelia Porter, the judge on the case, while she... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
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Jean Rogers ...
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Barbara Jo Allen ...
Leon Belasco ...
Bobby Larson ...
Charles Coleman ...
Thurston Hall ...


To save his job, newsman Jeff Sherman offers to help his boss get out of a swingeing alimony settlement. But his devious plan to compromise Cornelia Porter, the judge on the case, while she is on holiday at Cape Cod soon proves to be - well - too devious! Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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Rosalind RUSSELL - Walter PIDGEON Hilariously together in the year's love-and-laugh hit! See more »


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Her Honor  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Wonderful One
(1923) (uncredited)
Music by Paul Whiteman and Ferde Grofé Sr.
Adapted from a theme by Marshall Neilan
Lyrics by Dolly Morse
Played in a restaurant
Whistled by Walter Pidgeon
Played as background music often
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Walter the womanizer?
23 June 2005 | by (SF Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Walter Pidgeon distinguished himself in many films, but Design for Scandal isn't one of them. He is grievously miscast as a womanizing, fast-talking reporter out to besmirch Judge Rosalind Russell's reputation in order to save his boss's. Pidgeon looks uncomfortable much of the time, and delivers most of his lines without conviction or commitment.

Russell, too, gave many memorable performances in both dramas and comedies. Not here. As she so frequently did in the 40s, she panders to Hollywood convention by playing a brittle, sophisticated career woman who finds she needs a man to achieve true happiness. I wonder if many women didn't find that stereotype demeaning, even in 1941.

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