Sylvia Scarlett


Sylvia Scarlett (1935)



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In this lively comedy drama, the first to star Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant together, a plucky young woman, who pretends to be a boy, travels about with her con-artist father in a troupe of actors. The trouble begins when she and her dad get mixed up with jewel smugglers and they are forced to flee from France to England.

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Critic Reviews for Sylvia Scarlett

All Critics (9)

A peculiar, rather audacious gender-bender tale, with Katharine Hepburn as a man for most of the film, keeping Cary Grant (and us) on his toes.

Apr 4, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Cukor handles these bizarre plot turns with consummate grace.

Jun 7, 2007 | Full Review… interesting if ultimately fruitless collaboration of two of the screen's biggest legends.

May 27, 2007 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Grant gives one of his most energetic and best film performances ever.

Mar 2, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The earliest and least successful pairing of Hepburn and Grant, Sylvia Scarlett is of interest to their diehard fans but not to many others.

May 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Interesting, but never really compelling offbeat comedy-drama

Aug 26, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Sylvia Scarlett

Think fast! Your dad, Edmund Gwenn has been embezzling money and you have to escape the country and you look like Katharine Hepburn. In order to evade the authorities, do you cut off your long braids and pose as a boy? Of course you do! When you and dad run across a smuggler who looks an awful lot like Cary Grant you decide to keep up the ruse so that you might learn the tricks of being a con man. Unfortunately, you wind up being too honest to do any decent thieving so you decide to start a touring performance troupe (you, your dad, Cary Grant and some other dame you found). When some loud mouth heckles the dame in your group while you're doing your act onstage, you go home with him, and spend the rest of the movie trying to decide whether you love him or Cary Grant. Everyone in this movie is confused and the plot is sloppy/messy, but I thought Hepburn was pretty cute in this gender-bending role (there's even a "lesbian" kiss). Granted, this was probably one of the first films of this kind, but that still doesn't make it very good.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

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This movie is somewhat strange, mostly because I didn't think Hepburn's character had a good enough reason to dress up as a boy. I didn't understand that part, and the movie doesn't explain it. Hepburn and Grant are really good in this movie, though, and it's really funny, so I stopped questioning it.

Aj V
Aj V

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