Roman Scandals

Roman Scandals
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Written by William Anthony McGuire
based on the story by George Kaufman
Starring Eddie Cantor
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Ray June
Gregg Toland
Edited by Stuart Heiser
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • December 25, 1933 (1933-12-25)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$1,000,000 (est.)
Box office $2,443,000[1]

Roman Scandals is a 1933 American black-and-white pre-Code musical film starring Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart, Edward Arnold and David Manners. It was directed by Frank Tuttle. The film features a number of intricate production numbers choreographed by Busby Berkeley. The song "Keep Young and Beautiful" is from this film. In addition to the starring actors in the picture, the elaborate dance numbers are performed by the "Goldwyn Girls" (who in this film include future stars such as Lucille Ball, Paulette Goddard and Barbara Pepper). The title of the film is a pun on Roman sandals.

Plot summary

When kind-hearted delivery boy and self-acclaimed authority on ancient Rome Eddie (Eddie Cantor) is thrown out of his home-town of West Rome, Oklahoma by scheming and corrupt politicians he protests that nothing of the sort would have been allowed to happen in ancient Rome. On his way out of town he imagines that he is back in Imperial Rome, where he is sold in a slave market to good-natured tribune Josephus (David Manners). Eddie soon discovers that Roman society was just as corrupt as in his own town and when he decides to do something about it he becomes involved in court intrigue and a murder plot against the evil Emperor Valerius (Edward Arnold) himself.

Cast list


Eddie Cantor as Oedipus in Roman Scandals
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Eddie Cantor and chorus
Reprised by Eddie Cantor and chorus
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Ruth Etting
Danced by chorus
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Eddie Cantor with chorus
Danced by chorus
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Eddie Cantor
Music by Gerald Marks
Lyrics by Seymour Simons
Sung by Eddie Cantor
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Sung by Eddie Cantor
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by Eddie Cantor
Played in the opening scene

Critical response

See also


  1. "WHICH CINEMA FILMS HAVE EARNED THE MOST MONEY SINCE 1914?.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956). Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 4 March 1944. p. 3 Supplement: The Argus Weekend magazine. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Roman Scandals.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 7/19/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.