Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Lady of Scandal (1930).
The Lady of Scandal(1930). Directed by Sidney Franklin based on a play by Frederick Lonsdale and starring Ruth Chatterton, Basil Rathbone and Ralph Forbes.
The story begins when actress Elsie, goes to meet her fiance John's family, who are all not all that thrilled about meeting her. In a funny twist, her father, arrives also objecting to the marriage. He thinks Elsie is very talented actress, and doesn't want her to settle .He suggests they delayed for marriage six months, by which time hopefully, John will have grown bored with her.
To everyone's surprise, it is not long before she charms the family and a secret affair develops between Elsie and Edward, her fiance cousin. It was fun to watch Herbert Bunston do a solo dance to the song, "Lulu Comes Home." Meanwhile, Edward and Elsie fall in love, but she is also aware he has been carrying on a long-term affair with a married Parisian woman, who he had said earlier he would marry if he could. He promises to give up the woman, but things change as they hear on the radio that the husband of that woman has died. Now, Elsie feels that woman will always be between them, but Edward promises to give her up. Elsie, puts through a call to her in Paris and hands the phone to Edward, will he go through with their plan?
There is plenty of witty dialogue, funny/touching scenes throughout this film . The beginning was very hilarious as Chatterton, while performing on stage, dances herself over to her fiance and hands him a letter from his family. Saying.."Your family is horrid!"
It's also, interesting to see Basil Rathbone in his pre-Sherlock Holmes days. He was Margaret Mitchell's idea of Rhett Butler and you can kind of see see why in this film.