The film may be bad, but the script is good Norwegian wood   2 comments

Posted by vp19 on 2015.06.21 at 22:01

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One only wishes the finished product that was “Fools For Scandal” exhibited anywhere near the joy that this on-the-set pic of Carole Lombard and Fernand Gravet showed. The 1938 Warners comedy, set in Paris, turned out to be Carole’s cinematic Waterloo, taking arguably the hottest star in movies as 1937 turned into 1938 and both a critical and commercial failure.

What were the reasons? Little or no chemistry with co-star Gravet. Production at a studio where screwball comedy was not its strong suit. There were numerous others as well, and consequently, it was a flop. Perhaps it played better translated into other languages — like Norwegian, for instance.

And wouldn’t you know it, that’s what we have here — a script of “Fools For Scandal”…

…tailored for dubbing into Norwegian.

The English-language shooting script is in black, with Norwegian dubbing in red. Here are a few examples, after the opening page:

No, I can’t read Norwegian, either (although my grandfather was the publicity representative for the Norwegian exhibit at the New York World’s Fair of 1939-1940, and he probably got the job because my grandmother was from Finland).

The script measures 8.5″ x 14″ and is 102 pages long; it’s in fair condition. You can purchase this rarity for $199.99 or $34 for six months. Interested? Then visit

Posted June 22, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

2 responses to “The film may be bad, but the script is good Norwegian wood

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  1. This photo was taken the day before Carole died — Howard Lakin Lakin & Marley Rare Books 775 E. Blithedale Ave. #199 Mill Valley, CA 94941 415.271.0963 USA


  2. Which photo are you referring to? The only photo in this entry was definitely shot on the Warners set in late 1937 or early ’38. Please provide a link to the picture in question.

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