Roman Scandals

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

This was Eddie Cantor's fourth of six films for Samuel Goldwyn and second only to THE KID FROM SPAIN in popularity. Goldwyn had originally hoped to star Cantor in a musical version George Bernard Shaw's "Androcles and the Lion," but that failing, he hired Robert Sherwood and George S. Kaufman to fashion a story that would take Cantor to ancient Rome. Disappointed...read more

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This was Eddie Cantor's fourth of six films for Samuel Goldwyn and second only to THE KID FROM SPAIN in popularity. Goldwyn had originally hoped to star Cantor in a musical version George Bernard Shaw's "Androcles and the Lion," but that failing, he hired Robert Sherwood and George S.

Kaufman to fashion a story that would take Cantor to ancient Rome. Disappointed with their effort (so much so that Sherwood and Kaufman had to sue to collect their promised fee), Goldwyn hired Nat Perrin, George Oppenheimer, Arthur Sheekman, and William Anthony to punch up the screenplay. This

time too many cooks didn't spoil this broth, and ROMAN SCANDALS is one of the best, funniest Cantor-Goldwyn associations. It opens with Cantor as a delivery boy in West Rome, Oklahoma, then shifts to the long dream sequence that makes up most of the film and finds him as the official food taster

for the evil Emperor Valerius (Edward Arnold) in ancient Rome. The slim plot includes a love story between Princess Sylvia (Gloria Stuart) and Josephus (David Manners), Eddie proving the emperor to be a fraud, and a satire of BEN HUR's chariot race, shot by Ralph Cedar. Busby Berkeley, in his last

choreographic job before going on to Warner Bros. and into film history, provides one scene wherein The Goldwyn Girls (Lucille Ball among them) are totally nude except for long blonde wigs. Ruth Etting, who contributes but one song here, later had a film made of her life, LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME,

starring Doris Day and James Cagney.

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