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Sylvia Scarlett

Released Jan 3, 1936 1h 34m Comedy Drama List
73% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 47% Audience Score 500+ Ratings After the death of her mother, Sylvia Scarlett (Katharine Hepburn) decides that she can help her debt-ridden father, Henry (Edmund Gwenn), by dressing like a young man in order to move more freely in society. Returning to England from France, the pair are conned by smuggler Jimmy Monkley (Cary Grant), but are impressed enough by him to join several of his unsuccessful swindling schemes. Sylvia is unexpectedly brought out of her liberated masculine persona when she meets a breezy bohemian artist. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Richard Brody New Yorker Cukor sets the group's sordid schemes awhirl with giddy revelry and unveils the grim realities of scuffling troupers-along with the desires and frustrations that put the whole machine in motion. Aug 10, 2020 Full Review Ian Thomas Malone ianthomasmalone.com Hepburn delivers a tactful take on gender variance in a film that is otherwise a disaster in practically every regard. Aug 23, 2021 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins As it turns out, the pairing of Hepburn and Grant alone (and even with George Cukor directing) can't save a picture with no focus and seemingly no purpose. Rated: 2/10 Jul 30, 2020 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine Surprise performance by Cary Grant. He's good. Apr 16, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Another girl - into - boy picture. Katharine Hepburn is the girl this time who puts on trousers. Sep 25, 2019 Full Review Raquel Stecher Out of the Past Sylvia Scarlett suffers from a convoluted plot ... Contemporary audiences will be more apt to appreciate the film's exploration of gender identity. It's truly ahead of its time. May 12, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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StephenPaul C LOL, the funniest 01 hour: and 34 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/23/23 Full Review Mary S Such an incredibly disappointing movie considering the actors involved. You really wind up despising everyone especially Cary Grant. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 06/02/23 Full Review steve d By far their worst work together. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Tom M It's hard to believe that Hepburn and Grant could appear in such an incoherent mess of a movie. The strange thing is that the first half of the movie moves along as a typically expected screwball comedy and then suddenly everything is turned upside down. It feels like the second reel of the film has been accidently switched with another movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/01/21 Full Review Audience Member Interesting for its leads and gender bending story and not much else. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/04/19 Full Review Audience Member Tenìa mejores expectativas, al final terminò aburriendome, en todo caso vale por ver a Katharine Hepburn y Cary Grant. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After the death of her mother, Sylvia Scarlett (Katharine Hepburn) decides that she can help her debt-ridden father, Henry (Edmund Gwenn), by dressing like a young man in order to move more freely in society. Returning to England from France, the pair are conned by smuggler Jimmy Monkley (Cary Grant), but are impressed enough by him to join several of his unsuccessful swindling schemes. Sylvia is unexpectedly brought out of her liberated masculine persona when she meets a breezy bohemian artist.
Director
George Cukor
Producer
Pandro S. Berman
Screenwriter
Compton MacKenzie, Gladys Unger, John Collier, Mortimer Offner
Distributor
RKO Radio Pictures
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 3, 1936, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 1, 2012
Runtime
1h 34m
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