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Design for Scandal (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | December 1941 (USA)
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 »

Director:

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 {J-26}

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Lady, there's a WEAK MOMENT for every gal! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Her Honor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a success at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $139,000 ($2.5M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

In the courtroom scene, Jeff Sherman asks Judge Cornelia Porter about the night on Cape Cod when they were near Point St. Martin's Lighthouse. See more »

Quotes

Judson M. Blair: I'm not worrying, but how can you be sure you can do it?
Jeff Sherman: Well, she's a woman, isn't she?
Judson M. Blair: Yeah, and an intelligent one. Not the kind you're used to.
Jeff Sherman: Oh, is that so?
Judson M. Blair: And exceedingly smart, too.
Jeff Sherman: Well, she's a woman though. Every man has his price and every woman has her Achilles heel, and all you got to do is find that vulnerable spot.
Judson M. Blair: But this Miss Achilles may not have a heel.
Jeff Sherman: Yeah, well she's gonna get one then.
Judson M. Blair: A heel?
Jeff Sherman: A heel!
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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

Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built For Two)
(1892) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Dacre
Played when Rosalind Russell and Walter Pidgeon ride a tandem
Whistled by Walter Pidgeon
Sung by Rosalind Russell and Walter Pidgeon
Reprised at the end
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A reporter sets a lady judge up for a fall
8 March 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Walter Pidgeon is a reporter who agrees to do some dirty work for his boss in "Design for Scandal," also starring Rosalind Russell and Edward Arnold. After Arnold takes a beating in his divorce case, presided over by Russell, Pidgeon offers to help him out in return for getting his job back (when he thought he was going to die, he told off the boss - always a mistake). His assignment is to devise a scandal involving the judge so that his boss can have her removed from the bench. Pigeon follows the lady on her vacation and makes his play, enlisting the help of his girlfriend to build an alienation of affections case.

This is a very mild comedy, highly predictable, and this type of role wasn't Pidgeon's forte. He's quite handsome in the role, but the part called for someone like Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable - an attractive, fast-talking rogue. Russell, like Celeste Holm and sometimes Katharine Hepburn, played these strong career women since her beauty was not conventional. She's very good, but the theme is always the same, isn't it - a successful career is fine but you're deluding yourself. What you really want to do is take off those tailored suits and get a man - because being a smart and successful woman will never win you anything important. It all gets a little tired, but it does give me some insight into why my mother turned out the way she did.


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