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Design for Scandal (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | December 1941 (USA)
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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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Love laughs fly when Rosalind RUSSELL as the icy lady judge meets Walter PIDGEON as the dashing lady-killer! Edward ARNOLD and an all-star fun-cast! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Her Honor  »

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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Monday 15 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Sunday 28 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by New York City Thursday 10 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 17 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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Barbara Jo Allen is listed as "Barbara Jo Allen (Vera Vague)" in the opening credits. Vera Vague was the character name of the woman she played on the Bob Hope radio program. See more »

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Referenced in We Must Have Music (1942) See more »

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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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Predictable screwball comedy passes the time but it's nothing special...
20 August 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

ROSALIND RUSSELL plays another one of her working woman roles as a divorce court judge playing a tricky game of wits with her male sparring partner WALTER PIDGEON.

He's a newspaper man who makes a deal with EDWARD ARNOLD to get the female judge (Russell) off her high pedestal so that she loses her job and he can save his grateful boss from having to pay high alimony. It's strictly cornball comedy/romance with neither star having material worthy of their star status.

It's second rate as romantic comedy and nothing--not even the competent supporting cast--can do much to raise it above the ordinary level. The script is a virtual hodge-podge of clichés, the sort of film Russell found herself typecast in year after year during the '40s.

LEE BOWMAN has another one of his thankless second string roles, MARY BETH HUGHES pouts prettily and JEAN ROGERS is merely decorative as a scheming femme fatale.

It's all pretty artificial but it passes the time on a dull afternoon.


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