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De sukkel (1933)

Roman Scandals (original title)
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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HE ROLLED HIS EYES and RUINED an EMPRESS (Print Ad-Philadelphia Inquirer,((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 16 January 1934)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De sukkel See more »

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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

The chorus girls - among them Lucille Ball - chained to the wall in the "No More Love" number are actually nude. The number was filmed during the night, when no studio bosses were around on the lot, with a minimum of technicians involved. 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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Soundtracks

Kickin' the Gong Around
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Partially Sung a cappella by Eddie Cantor
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Um -— Has anyone else noticed how bizarre this movie is?
28 December 2006 | by Derutterj-1See all my reviews

One of the underlying themes is slavery —- mostly as satire, but a disturbingly poignant scene at the climax of the slave bazaar number has a girl throwing herself to her death to escape from bondage. This was at a time when Busby Berkeley, the choreographer, was sometimes inserting serious byplay into his numbers (a la "42nd Street"). Boy, is this example a beaut! The Ruth Etting blues solo "No More Love" directly plays on the same theme. Both songs have undercurrents I've never seen suggested in a comedy before or since. These, along with the nutty, racially integrated "Keep Young & Beautiful" routine, add a curiously (yet fascinating) unsavory aspect to the proceedings that is not really easy to characterize.

Oh yeah, what about that lively beer garden drinking song near the beginning and Cantor in black-face! Offensive, absolutely —- but somehow, with Cantor, what's not to love? Politically incorrect? You betcha —- but this is not cruel or demeaning stuff. It's mostly just out-and-out dream-like crazy.

Others have noted the fine production values, and of course the great comic chariot race at the end. Add it all up and what you've got is a nice, unique, big 'ol pastry of a movie musical. If you wanted something to take your mind of things for 93 minutes in 1933, this was just the ticket. If you want something to take your mind off things for 93 minutes in 2007,this is still just the ticket


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