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Fools for Scandal (1938)

After meeting her in Paris, a penniless marquis relentlessly pursues a famous actress.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Herbert Fields (screen play), Joseph Fields (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Kay Winters
Fernand Gravey ... Rene Vilardell (as Fernand Gravet)
Ralph Bellamy ... Phillip Chester
Allen Jenkins ... Dewey Gilson
Isabel Jeans ... Lady Paula Malverton
Marie Wilson ... Myrtle
Marcia Ralston ... Jill
Ottola Nesmith ... Agnes (as Tola Nesmith)
Heather Thatcher ... Lady Potter-Porter
Jacques Lory Jacques Lory ... Papa Joli-Coeur
Tempe Pigott ... Bessie (as Tempe Piggott)
Michelette Burani Michelette Burani ... Mme. Brioche
Jeni Le Gon Jeni Le Gon ... Singer at Le Petit Harlem (as Jeni LeGon)
Les Hite and His Orchestra Les Hite and His Orchestra ... Band at Le Petit Harlem
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Storyline

Rene is broke and Kay is a rich actress visiting Paris. They meet, share a cab and dinner. He is smitten by her, but she leaves for London and he follows. At her house, when he cooks the dessert, the chef quits and he takes the job, unbeknownst to Kay. By the next day, the scandal is all over London about him living in her house and that upsets Philip, who wants Kay for his wife. Kay tells Rene to leave, but Rene plans to get rid of Philip. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escândalos de Amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Bros. originally planned to shoot this movie in Technicolor. See more »

Quotes

Lady Paula Malverton: Rene understands the two fundamental things in a woman's life: love and good food.
Kay Winters: Which does he collect on? His eyes or his omelettes?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits say "Music and Lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart" even though Rodgers wrote only the music and Hart only the lyrics. See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played on piano during the making of crepe suzettes
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The box office rot had set in
24 April 2008 | by Ms_QSee all my reviews

and it was largely because of the Lombard/Gable ''scandal''. Their affair had become very public by 1938 and was probably not greeted with open arms by the American filmgoing audience at the time, considering that Gable was already ''respectably'' married. Lombard did not then endear herself to her public and why should she have? Gable was the idol of millions of women and Lombard was an unwelcome bubble burster. Look at the box office performance of this and her subsequent films, they were virtually all flops until her fortunes began to revive, slightly, with Mr and Mrs Smith. By this time the burning jealousy of those millions of women had softened somewhat. It's kind of fascinating. Fools For Scandal was an expensive and derisive echo of My Man Godfrey, and nowhere near as good. But it was by no means the worst film of the year. A misfire, no doubt. But one with a certain amount of cache. One thing's for sure, it did not result in any kind of a contract for Lombard at Warner Brothers, under the helm of the miserly Jack Warner.


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