Design for Scandal (1941)

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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 »


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9 August 2020 | ksf-2
| some big names, but it was close to pearl harbor...
Rosalind Russell day on TCM ! in this one, she's judge Porter, hearing the divorce proceedings between the Blairs (Eddie Arnold, Marybeth Hughes). she rules in favor of the wife, but mostly because Mr. Blair couldn't keep his big mouth shut, and kept yelling out in court. so when the judge goes on vacation, Blair sends his reporter Jeff (Walter Pidgeon) after her to get her to lower the alimony. Jeff even researches the judge's past, so he will have things in common. it's all way over the top, and overdone. so much effort put in by Pidgeon/Jeff, and the judge rebuffs him at every opportunity. and a precocious, troublesome tot Freddie thrown in, for more laughs. Bobby Larson was in a couple Peppers films, and was even in Bank Dick, with W.C. Fields. and Russell would be nominated for four oscars, but sadly, not for probably her best known work "His Girl Friday", which she had just done the year before. Directed by Norman Taurog, who had already won the oscar for Skippy. Design for Scandal story seems to be written by Lionel Houser; died quite young at age 41. this one is just okay. looks like it was released just around the time of pearl harbor, probably hurting its success. too bad they didn't give Guy Kibbee more lines (the Superior court judge). he could always jazz up a film.

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