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Roman Scandals (1933)

A kind-hearted young man is thrown out of his corrupt home town of West Rome, Oklahoma. He falls asleep and dreams that he is back in the days of olden Rome, where he gets mixed up with court intrigue and a murder plot against the Emperor.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

George S. Kaufman (original story), Robert E. Sherwood (original story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Cantor ... Eddie / Oedipus
The Goldwyn Girls ... Slave Girls
Ruth Etting ... Olga
Gloria Stuart ... Princess Sylvia
Edward Arnold ... Emperor Valerius
David Manners ... Josephus
Verree Teasdale ... Empress Agrippa
Alan Mowbray ... Majordomo
Jack Rutherford ... Manius (as John Rutherford)
Willard Robertson ... Warren Finley Cooper
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Storekeeper
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Storyline

A kind-hearted young man is thrown out of his corrupt home town of West Rome, Oklahoma. He falls asleep and dreams that he is back in the days of olden Rome, where he gets mixed up with court intrigue and a murder plot against the Emperor.

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Taglines:

HE ROLLED HIS EYES and RUINED an EMPRESS (Print Ad-Philadelphia Inquirer,((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 16 January 1934) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escândalos Romanos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

On commonly available reissue prints of this film all the cast and credits are reprinted, with the following spelling errors: Songwriter Al Dubin's surname is spelled Dublin. Chariot sequence director Ralph Ceder's surname is spelled Cedar. Actress Verree Teasdale's first name is spelled Veree. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mayor of West Rome: As mayor of West Rome, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and to introduce our first citizen, Warren Fenwick Cooper!
Warren F. Cooper: Thank you, mayor. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. Heh, heh, you see I know my Roman history.
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Connections

Referenced in Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

All of Me
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Gerald Marks
Lyrics by Seymour Simons
Partially Sung a cappella by Eddie Cantor
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Classic Eddie Cantor!
27 March 2006 | by hands5See all my reviews

If you aren't a fan of the Wide-Eyed Wonder already, you should be. He takes the audience of romp after romp from Rome, New York to ancient Rome itself. Cantor was the emperor's food taster in the time of the Roman Empire; what a task! Who else could do it so whimsically? We to go to the movies for fun, right? You will definitely have fun skipping through a loosely written script with the man with the mesmerizing eyes. Considering the time(1930's) and the sad state the entire country was in (the Depression), this had to be the most enjoyable time of a person's week. Absolutely remarkable. And to prove it, this movie made a ton of money! Lucille Ball makes her screen debut in this film and rejoins Eddie a year later in 1934's Kid Millions. Eddie Cantor is said to have commended Lucy for putting "comedy before glamour" in her work on this film.


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