6.4/10
275
9 user

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 »

Director:

Writer:

(original screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Libeled Lady (1936)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A newspaper man, his jilted fiancée, and his lawyer hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news-story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy
Harper (1966)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Lew Harper, a cool private investigator, is hired by a wealthy California matron to locate her kidnapped husband.

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris
The Journey (1959)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A British woman trying to escape Hungary with her freedom fighter lover finds herself the obsession of a Communist officer.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Jason Robards
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi cafe singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, John Lund
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

English dancehall actress Julia Packett hasn't seen her daughter since Susan was a few months old, having given her up to be raised by her respectable and wealthy father William (whom Julia... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York, and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the 1st administrator who can get the earliest scoops on the case.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders
Certificate: Passed Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during world war I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy ... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Don Ameche, Kay Francis
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After the killing of her husband by friendly fire during a police raid, Dr. Carol Nelson tries to find gangster Joe Gurney to clear her name with the medical board.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis, James Stephenson
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A society girl tries to reform her playboy husband by making him jealous.

Directors: Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Charles Ruggles
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A jewel thief and a con artist are rivals in the theft of a valuable gem as the Japanese army invades China.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Peter Lorre
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Jeff Sherman
...
Judson M. Blair
...
Walter Caldwell
Jean Rogers ...
Dotty
...
Adele Blair
...
Judge Graham
Barbara Jo Allen ...
Jane
Leon Belasco ...
Raoul
Bobby Larson ...
Freddie
Charles Coleman ...
Wilton
Thurston Hall ...
Northcott
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

EVERY WOMAN HAS HER WEAK MOMENT!---but it takes the right man to find it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Her Honor  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Monday 15 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); its New York City television premiere occurred Thursday 10 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 17 January 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built For Two)
(1892) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Dacre
Played when Rosalind Russell and Walter Pidgeon ride a tandem
Whistled by Walter Pidgeon
Sung by Rosalind Russell and Walter Pidgeon
Reprised at the end
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Now I know why they hate the name Sherman in Georgia!
10 March 2006 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

(There may be Spoilers) Zany and sophisticated 1941 screwball comedy that has big city newspaper mogul J.M "Cuddle Baby" Bair, Edward Arnold, enlisting his former ace reporter "Smilin Jeff" Sherman, Walter Pigeon, to do a job for him. "Cuddle Baby" wants Jeff to get the goods on the Judge who just threw the book on him giving his gold digging 22 year former party girl wife Adele, Mary Beth Bowman, a $250,000.00 settlement in his divorce suite.

J.M feeling like a fool to be taken to the cleaners by Judge Cornelia Porter, Rosalind Russell, tries to get her transfered out of her job presiding over family matters in divorce court, so his appeal against her decision would be handled by a judge that he can buy off. J.M then find out that she's just been elected to a six year term and has an impeccable record as a jurist. Jeff comes up with this scheme to get Judge Porter involved in a love triangle with him being the effected party who's affections are stolen from his future wife Dotty, Jean Rogers, by the Family Courts straight as a arrow Judge Cornelia Porter.

working all the angles Jeff finds out that the Judge is an armature sculpture and artist. Finding she's going to the Cape Cod artist colony to spend the summer Jeff get's a local sculpture from there Alexander Roaul, Leon Belasco, a job back in NYC to paint the JM Blair Building as Jeff moves into his studio and in on Judge Porter trying to impress her with his, really Raouls, art works.

Jeff at first trying to entrap Judge Porter by romancing her starts to fall in love with the judge. Soon he scuttles his plans that he concocted with both Dotty and his boss J.M Blair. J.M is outraged with Jeff for leaving him out in the cold and having his "fiancé" and "future wife" Dotty stick "Cuddle Baby" Blair with a $5,000.00 tab, plus all the furs and jewelry she could buy with his checkbook, to go along with Jeff's insane scheme.

With the case now going to court Blair knows that he'll lose, again, in the courts when the "other woman" in Jeff's life Judge Porter takes the stand. Jeff instead of accusing her of destroying his "marraige", that's still some two months away, with Dotty admits that he's in love with Judge Porter and thus has the entire case against her thrown out with now "Cuddle Baby" Blair, as well as Jeff, facing time behind bars for trying to frame the good and incorruptible Judge Porter.

While all this is going on Blair came to an agreement with his former wife Adele to drop her divorce settlement against him for a lump sum of $150,000.00 saving him almost $100,000.00 in divorce payments. Later Blair find out to his shock and surprise that she was to marry a rich old oil geezer, John D. Rockerfeller Jr?, the next day after she already cashed his check! If Blair waited one more day his divorce payments would have been immediately halted since she was to be married and wouldn't be entitled to them!

Judge Porter, or Cornelia, finally realizes that she's in love with the buffoonish but handsome Jeff Sherman forgets all his zany antics and tricks that he played on her by now knowing that his heart not his brain was in the right place but not always at the right time.


6 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How do I go about seeing this movie?! matthew_metoyer
Crossing the Bar PatriciaVG
Discuss Design for Scandal (1941) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?