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The Gay Deception (1935) HD online
Language: English
Category: Movie / Comedy / Romance
Original Title: The Gay Deception
Director: William Wyler
Writers: Stephen Morehouse Avery,Don Hartman
Released: 1935
Duration: 1h 17min
Video type: Movie
Mirabel wins a $5,000 lottery which will enable her to live like a queen in New York. There she meets Sandro, a bellboy who is really a prince, so she does get to be a queen after all.
Complete credited cast:
Francis Lederer Francis Lederer - Sandro
Frances Dee Frances Dee - Mirabel
Benita Hume Benita Hume - Miss Channing
Alan Mowbray Alan Mowbray - Lord Clewe
Lennox Pawle Lennox Pawle - Consul-General
Adele St. Mauer Adele St. Mauer - Lucille (as Adele St. Maur)
Akim Tamiroff Akim Tamiroff - Spellek
Luis Alberni Luis Alberni - Ernest
Lionel Stander Lionel Stander - Gettel
Ferdinand Gottschalk Ferdinand Gottschalk - Mr. Squires
Richard Carle Richard Carle - Mr. Spitzer
Lenita Lane Lenita Lane - Peg DeForrest
Barbara Fritchie Barbara Fritchie - Joan Dennison
Paul Hurst Paul Hurst - Bell Captain
Robert Greig Robert Greig - Adolph

William Wyler had to alter some of his shots when it became apparent that Frances Dee was pregnant (with Jody McCrea).

A song entitled "Paris in the Evening" with music by Ted Snyder and lyrics by Preston Sturges was to be sung by Francis Lederer, but was dropped.

Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Dave O'Brien (Bellhop), Doro Merande (Linen Maid), Robert Graves, Francis Sayles and Gus Reed (Chefs), Lew Kelly (Hotel Carpenter), Olaf Hytten (Butler), Nell Craig and 'Sam Ash'

Reviews: [7]

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    Fun romp with dashing Francis Lederer and lovely Frances Dee.

    This is the kind of screwball movie that Hollywood can never make again. We have become too jaded, too complicated, too sophisticated.

    You know the ending way before it comes, but the ride is full of smiles and giggles and silly surprises that will make your insides gurgle with joy and harken you gently into a more innocent time.

    William Wyler's direction is nearly flawless. He wasn't Bette Davis' favorite director for nothing. It seems that he could do most anything.

    Also, watch for the wonderfully goofy Lennox Pawle, stately Alan Mowbray and instantly recognizable Akim Tamiroff in one of the many roles that made their faces well-known but not necessarily their identities household names.

    Sit back and take it in. Smile. You deserve it.
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    What a wonderful old film. This old flick moves along at a intelligent pace with wit and timing throughout. For a movie over 70 years old, the dialog is smart with no over-acting to be found anywhere. The interplay between Francis Lederer and Frances Dee is humorous, mature and completely entertaining. The story is not complicated, but the pace and writing carry it along fine.

    What Hollywood would do with a re-make of this God only knows, but it would be well worth a try. Until then, I highly recommend The Gay Deception. Seek this movie out and you will not be sorry.

    14 out of 14. (See the movie and you'll understand)
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    I love Wyler. People never talk about him regardless of the fact that he directed the best epic movie ever, Ben Hur, one of the best rom-coms ever Roman Holiday, and classics like The Best Years of Our Lives and Funny Girl.

    he Gay Deception, like Roman Holiday, is a tale about a royalty wanting to be a normal, everyday person like everyone else. He ends up falling in love with a girl who on the other hand wants to be royalty, if only for one month, after she wins the lottery.

    No prize for guessing the ending. But Wyler too knows the audience knows how the story will be resolved - so he makes every joke count. Every meeting is a delightful clash of the opposites, with fast witted dialogue and hilarious performances, especially by Lederer, whom I have never seen this funny.

    If you look closely, you will notice small jokes with open references to sex and things impure that the Production Code was against and did not allow. This isn't It Happened One Night, but it's a nice film that will make you smile.
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    It's great to have this little-known but riotously funny, big-budget gem now available on a superb Fox DVD. It's certainly not a typical vehicle for director William Wyler, but it's handled with such pace and crispness and such loving attention to detail, that anyone unfamiliar with Wyler's work would imagine that comedy was his particular specialty. Yet for the life of me, I can't think of a single other comedy he directed. Here, he has coaxed some wonderfully endearing performances from his players – particularly his none too promising (at least on paper) leads, Francis Lederer and Frances Dee. Their spirited and charmingly delightful work is brilliantly augmented by a first- rate support cast headed by the exquisite Benita Hume (looking absolutely radiant in an unsympathetic role), Ferdinand Gottschalk (as an amusing little busybody), Lennox Pawle (the pop-eyed consul), Richard Carle (Mr. Spitzer), Paul Hurst (a riot as the sarcastic bell captain), and way down the cast list's Robert Grieg (absolutely delicious as the pompous doorman who so expertly delivers with such perfect timing, one of the script's funniest lines). As noted above, director Wyler has handled the whole movie with a touch that is both sure and light. Joseph Valentine's sparkling photography is also a major asset. One of producer Jesse Lasky's best movies, it's a shame that "The Gay Deception" is not better known. Maybe the title is now the problem?
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    This is the first of a 3-movie tribute (though I own a number of his other efforts that remain unwatched) which I will be undertaking on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of distinguished (if not a personal favorite) director Wyler's passing. Despite an unfortunate title – which, at this juncture, makes it sound like a biopic of Rock Hudson (or even John Travolta)! – this is an unassuming but nice addition to the spate of sophisticated/crazy romantic comedies to emerge during Hollywood's Golden Age (thematically, it recalls James Whale's equally delightful BY CANDLELIGHT {1934}). Wyler would display this kind of light touch only sporadically throughout his career (for the record, my viewing of its not-too-dissimilar predecessor THE GOOD FAIRY from the same year is upcoming), mainly losing himself in significant solemnity thereafter: while this may have won him numerous accolades over the years, it certainly did not endear him to critics who abided by the auteur theory!

    Anyway, the central casting here seems second-rate upon a preliminary glance but Frances Dee proves appealingly gauche along the way (as a small-town girl who, having won $5000 in a melon contest{!}, tries to pass herself off as a society woman while on a New York spending spree), whereas Francis Lederer is a revelation: best-known for playing sinister types (as in Jean Renoir's masterful THE DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID {1946} and the low-budget but inventive THE RETURN OF Dracula {1958}) or suave aristocratic seducers (notably Mitchell Leisen's sparkling MIDNIGHT {1939}), he retains the latter qualities here – in the role of the prince of a fictional Middle-European country posing as a hotel bell-boy! – but invests the character with quick-witted cunning and infectious charm.

    The scene is thus set for a multitude of complications: Dee is misguidedly feted by the hotel staff, though still shunned by the true elite (exemplified by Benita Hume – Ronald Colman's wife – and Alan Mowbray) who can spot her modest origins a mile off; Lederer's savoir faire attitude belies his assumed rank (and even lands him in trouble with his 'superiors': forever losing his job, he then has his country's N.Y. embassy pull the necessary strings in order to get him reinstated!), while also initially putting the ingenuous heroine ill-at-ease. The eccentric, child-like ambassador himself (DAVID COPPERFIELD {1935}'s Lennox Pawle) has his hands full trying to keep Lederer's ruse a secret from a couple of investors of dubious morals (Lionel Stander and Akim Tamiroff) – so that, when taking Dee to a ball under his real guise and ostensibly exposed as a fraud, having had to assemble his officious wardrobe from bits and pieces belonging to various people at the hotel (including ubiquitous character actors Luis Alberni and Robert Greig), Pawle cannot vouch for the prince, and the latter is thus thrown in jail! An earnest Dee tries to intervene, believing Lederer had done this grand gesture for her sake…but, upon being revealed for what he really is, she feels used by him and flees in humiliation, intent on going back home. The inevitable last-scene reconciliation, then, is brought on by the simple (i.e. idealized) act of having the hero sneak into the leading lady's room dressed-up once again in a bell-boy's uniform!
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    While Francis Lederer and Frances Dee are hardly big names in the history of Hollywood, the reason to see this film is because it's an early effort by William Wyler before this great man became a top Hollywood director.

    The film begins with Mirabel (Dee) winning $5000--a huge sum back in 1935. Naturally she's excited and decides to move to New York and live it up! In essence she wants to live like a queen--even it only lasts for a month or so. There she falls in love with Sandro (Lederer) and IMDb has printed a spoiler saying this bellhop is actually secretly a prince! But why would a prince be working as a bellboy?! Is his country THAT poor?! See the film to find out more.

    Overall, this is a very enjoyable but slight movie. What I mean is that it's fun but won't exactly change your life nor is it a must- see. But Dee, Lederer and Wyler did the best with what they had and the movie is cute and enjoyable from start to finish.
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    As I read other comments about this movie, I wonder if its the same movie I watched. Here is Francis Lederer, smarmy, simpering smile and all, as a prince working as a bell boy in a New York hotel. The movies of the 30's (which I love, for the most part) seem to be full of princes, kings, and assorted rich people masquerading as poor people. I'm sure it was a depression era thing, but the reasoning is beyond me.

    Frances Dee is every bit as beautiful as purported. I'm sure she was a capable actress. She is barely believable, though, as a poor girl masquerading as wealthy, via a sudden windfall of 5000 dollars.

    As for plot, you get the idea. Predictable to say the least.

    This is not the movie to prove Dee's acting ability, though. Benita Hume, Lionel Stander and Alan Mowbry lend a modicum of acting talent to the proceedings, but not enough to save it from being a bad movie.

    The reason for an Oscar nomination escapes me.