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Fools for Scandal (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 16 April 1938 (USA)
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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Comedy | Music | Romance

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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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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of the songs written for this film by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, only one would be sung on screen, "There's a Boy in Harlem," vocalized by Jeni Le Gon and The Three Brown Sisters, accompanied by Les Hite and His Orchestra. "Food for Scandal" (the working title of this feature) served as rhyming patter between Carole Lombard and Fernand Gravey (plus some whistling done by Mr. Gravey alone). Heard in the picture as background music, "How Can You Forget?" was revived in 1958, complete with a Benny Goodman arrangement, for a Broadway play, "The World of Suzie Wong." Three tunes submitted by Rodgers and Hart for the feature were discarded: "Let's Sing About Nothing," "Love Knows Best" and "Once I Was Young." According to Richard Rodgers in "Musical Stages: An Autobiography," published in 1975, the songwriters became aware of the fate of their score when they went to see the picture. See more »

Quotes

Kay Winters: You know, today, I saw Paris for the first time. Isn't France wonderful! Everybody speaks French, even the children.
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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 »

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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Fools for Scandal
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Played during the opening credits
Whistled by Fernand Gravey
Rhymed dialogue between Fernand Gravey and Carole Lombard
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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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