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Roman Scandals (1933)

Unrated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | 29 December 1933 (USA)
A kind-hearted young man is thrown out of his corrupt home town of West Rome, Oklahoma. He falls asleep and dreams that he is back in the days of olden Rome, where he gets mixed up with court intrigue and a murder plot against the Emperor.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

George S. Kaufman (original story), Robert E. Sherwood (original story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Cantor ... Eddie / Oedipus
The Goldwyn Girls ... Slave Girls
Ruth Etting ... Olga
Gloria Stuart ... Princess Sylvia
Edward Arnold ... Emperor Valerius
David Manners ... Josephus
Verree Teasdale ... Empress Agrippa
Alan Mowbray ... Majordomo
Jack Rutherford ... Manius (as John Rutherford)
Willard Robertson ... Warren Finley Cooper
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Storekeeper
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Storyline

A kind-hearted young man is thrown out of his corrupt home town of West Rome, Oklahoma. He falls asleep and dreams that he is back in the days of olden Rome, where he gets mixed up with court intrigue and a murder plot against the Emperor.

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Taglines:

HE ROLLED HIS EYES and RUINED an EMPRESS (Print Ad-Philadelphia Inquirer,((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 16 January 1934)


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escândalos Romanos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gloria Stuart was cast without taking a test. When Samuel Goldwyn was searching for an actress to play Princess Sylvia, Eddie Cantor suggested Stuart. Goldwyn took one look at the actress and decided that she was perfect for the role. See more »

Goofs

On commonly available reissue prints of this film all the cast and credits are reprinted, with the following spelling errors: Songwriter Al Dubin's surname is spelled Dublin. Chariot sequence director Ralph Ceder's surname is spelled Cedar. Actress Verree Teasdale's first name is spelled Veree. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mayor of West Rome: As mayor of West Rome, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and to introduce our first citizen, Warren Fenwick Cooper!
Warren F. Cooper: Thank you, mayor. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. Heh, heh, you see I know my Roman history.
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Connections

Featured in The Dick Cavett Show: Episode dated 7 March 1974 (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

All of Me
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Gerald Marks
Lyrics by Seymour Simons
Partially Sung a cappella by Eddie Cantor
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Best of Eddie Cantor's Films
22 April 2005 | by thegumbinersSee all my reviews

I saw "Roman Scandals" as a small child. I loved it.

I saw it again as an adult, and it held up beautifully.

This is the film I'd recommend to give one a sense of what made Eddie Cantor a great entertainer.

My earliest memories of a radio show was his show -- every Sunday. He had Deanna Durbin and Dinah Shore as guests (at different periods) every week long before their heydays.

Also, "Roman Scandals" shows Eddie Cantor looking youthful. His stage/screen persona depended on a sense of innocent youth. That's why his later screen efforts didn't work as well.

But "Roman Scandals" is a delightful early sound musical comedy.

Bill Gumbiner


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