Roman Scandals (1933)

Roman Scandals (1933)

Released: 1933
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Genre, Music
Director: Frank Tuttle
Starring: Gloria Stuart, Ruth Etting, Eddie Cantor, ,
Run time: 92 min
IMDb: 6.6/10
Country: USA
Views: 95121

Synopsis

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.
User Reviews: This was my first look at Eddie Cantor, whom I subsequently saw in a few other films. I thought he was funny, a very entertaining entertainer – a guy who could sing well and tell jokes and perform slapstick comedy. With all that, he reminded me a bit of the Marx Brothers. He could fit in with those guys, particularly Groucho with his comparable wit and short stature.

Even though "Roman Scandals" was only 92 minutes, it would have been even better cut about 10, although I’m not complaining. In between the gags and the sappy Roman days story were at least three songs by Canotr, who was a decent singer and whose songs were pretty good, along with two Busby Berkely numbers with a bunch of scantily-clad ladies. It’s corny stuff but it’s still good. Lucille Ball is supposed to be in here but I didn’t spot her in the two times I’ve watched this movie. I hardly recognized Gloria Stuart, too.

The last part of the movie was similar to the climax of many a silent film comedy with a great chase scene. Cantor, a la Ben-Hur, raced his chariot with four white horses. Instead of an arena, however, Cantor raced through the countryside. There were great stunts and funny bits in that race.

It was a great finish to a dated-but-very entertaining film. I wonder why Cantor’s films are not available on DVD? I hope that oversight is corrected soon.

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