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The Gay Deception (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 13 September 1935 (USA)
Mirabel wins a $5,000 lottery which will enable her to live like a queen in New York. There she meets Sandro, a bellboy who is really a prince, so she does get to be a queen after all.

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

Stephen Morehouse Avery (original screenplay) (as Stephen Avery), Don Hartman (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Francis Lederer ... Sandro
Frances Dee ... Mirabel
Benita Hume ... Miss Channing
Alan Mowbray ... Lord Clewe
Lennox Pawle Lennox Pawle ... Consul-General
Adele St. Mauer Adele St. Mauer ... Lucille (as Adele St. Maur)
Akim Tamiroff ... Spellek
Luis Alberni ... Ernest
Lionel Stander ... Gettel
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Mr. Squires
Richard Carle ... Mr. Spitzer
Lenita Lane ... Peg DeForrest
Barbara Fritchie ... Joan Dennison
Paul Hurst ... Bell Captain
Robert Greig ... Adolph
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Storyline

Mirabel wins a $5,000 lottery which will enable her to live like a queen in New York. There she meets Sandro, a bellboy who is really a prince, so she does get to be a queen after all. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

April Folly See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A song entitled "Paris in the Evening" with music by Ted Snyder and lyrics by Preston Sturges was to be sung by Francis Lederer, but was dropped. See more »

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old ain't necessarily good
8 May 2007 | by jpickerelSee all my reviews

As I read other comments about this movie, I wonder if its the same movie I watched. Here is Francis Lederer, smarmy, simpering smile and all, as a prince working as a bell boy in a New York hotel. The movies of the 30's (which I love, for the most part) seem to be full of princes, kings, and assorted rich people masquerading as poor people. I'm sure it was a depression era thing, but the reasoning is beyond me.

Frances Dee is every bit as beautiful as purported. I'm sure she was a capable actress. She is barely believable, though, as a poor girl masquerading as wealthy, via a sudden windfall of 5000 dollars.

As for plot, you get the idea. Predictable to say the least.

This is not the movie to prove Dee's acting ability, though. Benita Hume, Lionel Stander and Alan Mowbry lend a modicum of acting talent to the proceedings, but not enough to save it from being a bad movie.

The reason for an Oscar nomination escapes me.


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