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Fools for Scandal (1938)

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

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

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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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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Warner Bros. originally planned to shoot this movie in Technicolor. See more »

Quotes

Rene Vilardell: When I think of a girl like Kay getting married in Fort Wayne, i could cry.
Dewey Gilson: When I think of anybody getting married in Fort Wayne, I could could cry.
Rene Vilardell: If you were a girl, Dewey, wouldn't you rather marry me than Mr. Philip Chester?
Dewey Gilson: If I were a girl, I'd rather marry me.
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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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Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played offscreen on an organ at a church wedding
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Cute but doesn't quite hit the target
12 June 2012 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Carole Lombard plays a famous American actress staying in Paris; she encounters handsome but broke Fernand Gravet, who spends the first part of the film trying to rescue various items from the pawn shop, and then ends up as Lombard's chef—whether she wants him or not. It's all mildly amusing.

Allen Jenkins does his best as Gravet's sidekick but is hampered by lack of strong dialog. Isabel Jeans gives a deliciously gossipy performance as "Lady Malverton," a pillar of society who knows a good scandal when she smells one.

Ralph Bellamy is good as always, playing his usual chump in love with easily-distracted Lombard. One of the picture's few highlights is when Bellamy tries to tell a joke about a man ordering a steak—it's a really crummy joke made worse by Bellamy's chuckling as he tells it. (That this is a highlight unfortunately says a lot about the rest of the picture.)

The story is okay, the production slick, the dialog decent….but it's all just a little slow, or flat, or too predictable. Lombard is beautiful and frenetic as always—but there's just not much to her character, and certainly nothing memorable or unique from her other similar roles. And Fernand Gravet? Whether he was miscast or mismatched, I don't know—but he's just not very appealing.

Overall, a nice try but pretty forgettable. Too bad.


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