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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.


William Wyler


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




Complete credited cast:
Francis Lederer ... Sandro
Frances Dee ... Mirabel
Benita Hume ... Miss Channing
Alan Mowbray ... Lord Clewe
Lennox Pawle ... Consul-General
Adele St. Maur Adele St. Maur ... Lucille
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


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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In the swellest suite of the world's ritziest hotel...a lovely but lonely miss tries a fling at life without knowing how flings are flung...till a romantic bellboy launches her on a glorious adventure that lands her in the arms of a prince! (Print Ad- Daily Times, ((Rochester, Penna.)) 3 October 1935)


Comedy | Romance


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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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Wyler - pre Roman Holiday!
28 January 2011 | by peapulationSee all my reviews

I love Wyler. People never talk about him regardless of the fact that he directed the best epic movie ever, Ben Hur, one of the best rom-coms ever Roman Holiday, and classics like The Best Years of Our Lives and Funny Girl.

he Gay Deception, like Roman Holiday, is a tale about a royalty wanting to be a normal, everyday person like everyone else. He ends up falling in love with a girl who on the other hand wants to be royalty, if only for one month, after she wins the lottery.

No prize for guessing the ending. But Wyler too knows the audience knows how the story will be resolved - so he makes every joke count. Every meeting is a delightful clash of the opposites, with fast witted dialogue and hilarious performances, especially by Lederer, whom I have never seen this funny.

If you look closely, you will notice small jokes with open references to sex and things impure that the Production Code was against and did not allow. This isn't It Happened One Night, but it's a nice film that will make you smile.

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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


(copyright length) (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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