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The Gay Deception (1935)

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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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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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William Wyler had to alter some of his shots when it became apparent that Frances Dee was pregnant (with Jody McCrea). See more »

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Gay Comedy of Errors
19 March 2001 | by Enrique-Sanchez-56See all my reviews

Fun romp with dashing Francis Lederer and lovely Frances Dee.

This is the kind of screwball movie that Hollywood can never make again. We have become too jaded, too complicated, too sophisticated.

You know the ending way before it comes, but the ride is full of smiles and giggles and silly surprises that will make your insides gurgle with joy and harken you gently into a more innocent time.

William Wyler's direction is nearly flawless. He wasn't Bette Davis' favorite director for nothing. It seems that he could do most anything.

Also, watch for the wonderfully goofy Lennox Pawle, stately Alan Mowbray and instantly recognizable Akim Tamiroff in one of the many roles that made their faces well-known but not necessarily their identities household names.

Sit back and take it in. Smile. You deserve it.


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