Independent Films, Film Profiles
Roman Scandals is a 1933 film starring Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart, Edward Arnold and David Manners. It was directed by Frank Tuttle.Produced by Samuel Goldwyn, this lavish musical tells the story of Eddie (Cantor), a small-town boy who believes himself to be somewhat of an authority on ancient history. He falls asleep after being thrown out of his corrupt home town (West Rome, Oklahoma) and being hit on the head.In his dream, he finds himself in Ancient Rome. Sold as a slave, he soon becomes involved in palace intrigue involving the corrupt Emperor Valerius (Arnold), who is every bit as crooked as the politicians in his hometown.After a series of adventures, which include avoiding being poisoned by the Emperor's wife (Cantor is also the Emperor's food-taster), wooing the captured Princess Sylvia (played by Stuart), a stint in a torture chamber, and an escape in a chariot, Eddie awakens to discover that he "has the goods" on the crooked politicians in his town.The film features a number of intricate production numbers choreographed by Busby Berkeley. In addition to the starring actors in the picture, the elaborate dance numbers are performed by the "Goldwyn Girls", that in this film include Lucille Ball, Paulette Goddard, and Barbara Pepper.The film has been released on VHS more than once, first in the late 1980s.
Year of Production: 1933
Length: 93 minutes
Country: United States
- Frank Tuttle
- Samuel Goldwyn
- Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart, David Manners, Edward Arnold