Roman Scandals


Roman Scandals (1933)

(featuring Lucille Ball as Slave Girl)

Lucille Ball Movies

Easily the best of Eddie Cantor's gargantuan musical comedies for producer Sam Goldwyn, Roman Scandals begins in the middle-America community of West Rome, where our hero Eddie (Cantor) is employed as a delivery boy.

A self-styled authority of Ancient Roman history, Eddie bemoans the fact that the local shanty community is about to be wiped out by scheming politicians, certain that such an outrage could never have happened during Rome's Golden Days.

After a blow on the head, Eddie wakes up in Imperial Rome, where he is sold on the slave auction block to good-natured tribune Josephus (David Manners). Eddie soon discovers that the evil emperor Valerius (Edward Arnold) is every bit a crook and grafter as the politicians in West Rome, and he intends to do something about it.

He gets a job as food taster for Valerius — a none-too-secure position, inasmuch as the emperor's wife Agrippa (Veree Teasdale) is constantly trying to poison her husband — and does his best to smooth the path of romance for Josephus and recently captured princess Sylvia (Gloria Stuart). Eddie's well-intentioned interference earns him a session in the torture chamber, but he escapes and commandeers a chariot, setting the stage for a spectacular slapstick climax.

On the verge of recapture, Eddie wakes to find himself in West Rome U.S.A. again, where he quickly foils the modern-day despots and brings about a happy ending for all his friends.

Special Notes: This is Lucille Ball's first appearance in films playing a bit part as a slave girl as part of the Goldwyn Girls. Lucy was a Goldwyn Girl in Roman Scandals (1933) and Kid Millions (1934). Shortly after appearing in this film she moved permanently to Hollywood to appear in films.

Movie #1
Film Date: 1933

Release Date: December 25, 1933
Film Type: comedy/musical
Film Color: black/white
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn/United Artists
Film Length: 92 minutes

Frank Tuttle (Director),
Samuel Goldwyn (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Goldwyn Slave Girl) (uncredited)

Supporting Cast:
Eddie Cantor (Eddie)
Ruth Etting (Olga)
Gloria Stuart (Princess Sylvia)
David Manners (Josephus)
Veree Teasdale (Empress Agrippa)
Edward Arnold (Emperor Valerius)
Alan Mowbray (Majordomo)
Grace Poggi (Slave Girl)
Gigi Parrish
Michael Mark (Assistant Cook)
Mary Lange
Marjorie Main
Lee Kohlmar (Storekeeper)
Charles Wilson (Police Chief Charles Pratt)
Leo Willis (Torturer)
Clarence H. Wilson - Buggs, museum keeper
Barbara Pepper
Paul Porcasi (Chef)
William Wagner (Slave Buyer)
Willard Robertson - Warren F. Cooper
John Rutherford (Manius)
Duke York (Soldier)
Billy Barty (Little Eddie)
Bonnie Bannon
Busby Berkeley
Stanley Blystone (Cop/Roman Jailer)
Richard Alexander (Guard)
Stanley Andrews (Official)
Charles Arnt - Caius
John Ince (Senator)
Frank S. Hagney (Lucius Aide)
Francis Ford (Citizen)
Jae Hamilton
Harry Holman (Mayor of West Rome)
Louise Carver (Lady Slave Bidder)
Lane Chandler
Stanley Fields(Slave Auctioneer)
Harry Cording
Jane Darwell (Beauty Salon Manager)