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Design for Scandal (1941)

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 »

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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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EVERY WOMAN HAS HER WEAK MOMENT!---but it takes the right man to find it! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quando Eva Consente See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Is a remake of the 1936 film, "libeled lady". See more »

Quotes

Jeff Sherman: I want to get something to amuse a little boy on a train.
Snack Bar Counterman: Yes, indeed. Something for a little boy, eh?
Jeff Sherman: Yeah.
Snack Bar Counterman: What age?
Jeff Sherman: Oh, about so high.
[brings palm to just above his waist]
Snack Bar Counterman: Eight. Yes sir. Right here.
[motions to shelves of toys behind him]
Snack Bar Counterman: Everything to make him happy and ruin your trip. Take your choice, sir.
Jeff Sherman: Well, you've been here a long time, you suggest something.
[...]
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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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