Sylvia Scarlett
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Grant gives one of his most energetic and best film performances ever."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Cukor handles these bizarre plot turns with consummate grace."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Interesting, but never really compelling offbeat comedy-drama"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...an interesting if ultimately fruitless collaboration of two of the screen's biggest legends."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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