Sylvia Scarlett

Sylvia Scarlett

Katharine Hepburn
Director: George Cukor Cast: Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
, Cary Grant
Cary Grant
, Brian Aherne
Brian Aherne
George Cukor

DVD (Subtitled / Full Frame)



This big-budget 1936 RKO Studios picture lost money, perhaps due to a cool box-office reception to the idea of leading lady Katharine Hepburn in drag, and a rare-for-its-day screen kiss between two women. Edmund Gwenn plays the title character's father Henry, who is obsessed with gambling. His daughter Sylvia (Hepburn) has stolen some expensive lace which they hope to smuggle from France to England. To elude police, she cuts her hair short and disguises herself as a man. She and her father board a ship, and a drunken Henry confesses their scheme to Jimmy Monkley (Cary Grant), a jewel smuggler. To divert attention away from him, Jimmy snitches on Henry to the customs officials, and Henry has to pay up or be arrested. Later, Sylvia confronts Jimmy on a train and punches him. Jimmy apologizes and cuts them in on a scheme to steal jewels from a wealthy family, using his friend Maudie (Dennie Moore), a maid in the house. But Sylvia, still disguised as a man, talks Maudie out of it, and she responds with a kiss. Maudie and Sylvia's father fall in love and Maudie, an aspiring actress, invests money in a show to open in a seaside resort. There they are invited to the mansion of a wealthy artist, Michael Fane (Brian Aherne), who is unsettled by Sylvia's obvious affections before finally discovering that she's a woman. Jimmy is attracted to Michael's roommate, the Russian-born Lily (Natalie Paley) -- and from there, the romantic entaglements between the aformentioned parties proceed like a Shakespearean comedy. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2017
UPC: 0888574547066
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:34:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Hepburn Sylvia Scarlett
Cary Grant Jimmy Monkley
Brian Aherne Michael Fane
Edmund Gwenn Henry Scarlett
Natalie Paley Lily
Dennie Moore Maudie Tilt
Robert A'Dair Turnkey
Bunny Beatty Maid
May Beatty Actor
Daisy Belmore Actor
Nina Borget Actor
Thomas Braidon Actor
Elsa Buchanan Actor
Colin Campbell Actor
Patricia Caron Actor
E.E. Clive Actor
Edward Cooper Actor
Adrienne D'Ambricourt Stewardess
Kay Deslys Actor
Elspeth Dudgeon Actor
Harold Entwistle Conductor
Gaston Glass Actor
Robert Hale Actor
Alec Harford Actor
Peter Hobbes Actor
Olaf Hytten Customs Inspector
Lilyan Irene Actor
Lorimer Johnston Actor
Gwendolen Logan Actor
Nola Luxford Actor
Ella McKenzie Actor
Frank Moran Actor
Leonard Mudie Steward
George Nardelli Frenchman
Lionel Pape Sgt. Major
Lennox Pawle Drunk
Harrington Reynolds Actor
C. Montague Shaw Actor
Dina Smirnova Russian
Pat Somerset Bits
Jacques Vanaire Actor
Michael Visaroff Purser
Connie Lamont Actor
Carmen Beretta Actor
Violet Seaton Actor

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Joseph H. August Cinematographer
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Mel Burns Makeup
Sturges Carne Art Director
John Collier Screenwriter
Muriel King Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Loring Editor
Bernard Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Mortimer Offner Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Gladys Unger Screenwriter
Roy Webb Musical Direction/Supervision

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