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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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Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally set to star Marion Davies. See more »

Quotes

Kay Winters: It's stupid to say this is love. I don't even know you! All I know is you're a charming young man who makes a divine salad.
Rene Vilardell: And don't forget the Crepe Suzettes.
Kay Winters: You have nice eyes and a breezy tongue. But, that's necessarily a basis for an enduring love!
Rene Vilardell: You talk of love as if it were something with a cornerstone and steel girders. Just try to think of it as a gleam in the eye, a laugh, a moment of gayety, a moment of exultation, then the whole problem becomes quite simple.
Kay Winters: And we become quite ...
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

There's a Boy in Harlem
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Played during the opening credits
Played by Les Hite and His Orchestra at Le Petit Harlem and sung by Jeni Le Gon and The Three Brown Girls
Reprised by piano and orchestra at the costume party
Performance footage later used in This Was Paris (1942)
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Very pleasant surprise.
10 April 2005 | by elginbrod2000See all my reviews

This film is described in Carole Lombard's biography by Larry Swindell as "one of the horrendous flops of the thirties decade" and by Photoplay as "inane" and "pointless". I must say that I was expecting something as horrendous as Carole's 1933 movie "White Woman", but was pleasantly surprised to find this an endearing, lighthearted romp. The actors seemed to enjoy themselves and recognize that they were not filming Shakespeare, but a screwball comedy. The scenes are varied and interesting, the action moves along at a bright pace and things are anything but dull, including a surprise ending to top things off.

The only criticism I can make is that Carole does seem to shout her lines for some unknown reason. I assume this is the director's fault. And the overall tone of the movie should probably have been toned down and played with more sophistication in spots to give the film a little more class. In a few places it almost goes over the top into a "Three Stooges" mode. Ralph Bellamy really made me laugh a few times. However, Carole has never been more beautiful, and I was not turned off by Fernand Gravet's performance as so many seemed to have been at the time. Come on, no ones perfect. If this film had been made a few years earlier in her career, I think it could easily have been a classic.


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