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Design for Scandal (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | December 1941 (USA)
To save his job, newsman Jeff Sherman offers to help his boss get out of a swingeing alimony settlement. But his devious plan to compromise Cornelia Porter, the judge on the case, while she... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writer:

Lionel Houser (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Judge Cornelia Porter
Walter Pidgeon ... Jeff Sherman
Edward Arnold ... Judson M. Blair
Lee Bowman ... Walter Caldwell
Jean Rogers ... Dotty
Mary Beth Hughes ... Adele Blair
Guy Kibbee ... Judge Graham
Barbara Jo Allen ... Jane
Leon Belasco ... Alexander Raoul
Bobby Larson ... Freddie
Charles Coleman ... Wilton
Thurston Hall ... Northcott
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Storyline

To save his job, newsman Jeff Sherman offers to help his boss get out of a swingeing alimony settlement. But his devious plan to compromise Cornelia Porter, the judge on the case, while she is on holiday at Cape Cod soon proves to be - well - too devious! Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Lady, there's a WEAK MOMENT for every gal! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Her Honor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to contemporary articles in The Hollywood Reporter, Sam Taylor was to direct and Clark Gable was to play the male lead in this picture. See more »

Goofs

In the courtroom scene, Jeff Sherman asks Judge Cornelia Porter about the night on Cape Cod when they were near Point St. Martin's Lighthouse. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Sherman: Dotty, how would you like to take out a marriage license with me?
Dotty: [Throws her arms around him] Babeeeee!
Jeff Sherman: Oh, no, no. Wait a minute. I didn't say anything about using it. This is pure business.
Dotty: I might've known.
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Crazy Credits

Barbara Jo Allen is listed as "Barbara Jo Allen (Vera Vague)" in the opening credits. Vera Vague was the character name of the woman she played on the Bob Hope radio program. See more »

Connections

Referenced in We Must Have Music (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Wonderful One
(1923) (uncredited)
Music by Paul Whiteman and Ferde Grofé Sr.
Adapted from a theme by Marshall Neilan
Lyrics by Dolly Morse
Played in a restaurant
Whistled by Walter Pidgeon
Played as background music often
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Some really dirty pool
4 June 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm sure William Powell was not available so in the MGM pecking order Walter Pidgeon got to star with Rosalind Russell in what turned out to be her last MGM film Design For Scandal. Pidgeon's part seemed to be cloned from Bill Powell's role as the reporter in Libeled Lady.

Pidgeon is a reporter who works for Edward Arnold a rich publisher who hates to part with a nickel. Arnold just got taken to the cleaners in a divorce settlement from gold digging Mary Beth Hughes and he's mad as hell at Judge Rosalind Russell for really socking it to him.

There's some really dirty pool played here as Pidgeon romances Russell so that Jean Rogers playing his girlfriend can sue her in a trumped up alienation of affections suit. What happens here is what happens in all movies of this type. You can truly figure out what's going on here.

The leads are fine, but Edward Arnold really steals this film as the 'mastermind' behind this scheme. His reactions every time another bill is brought to him are priceless.

Rosalind Russell plays another one of those patented career woman roles she did so well. Her fans who like to see her in these parts will be pleased.


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