Sylvia Scarlett (Katharine Hepburn), and her crooked father are escaping France, one step ahead of the police. To avoid detection Sylvia cuts her hair and dons boy's clothing. They bump into Monkley (Cary Grant), a shady character who suggests they all work together as confidence tricksters. For a while they survive on their wits but eventually run out of cash. Monkley remembers his friend Maudie, an old friend who is a maid in a rich London household, but it soon becomes clear that their troubles are only just beginning...
BetterThan You Think
- Sylvia Scarlett review by Cato
Some of the reviews don't have a good word to say about this film, mainly because it didn't enjoy box office success. However I think we have to consider it in a better light, in that it was made in 1935 and deserves interest from those of us who enjoy watching old movies. Katharine Hepburn is great, even if Cary Grant doesn't come across very well as a crook. And Edmund Gwenn is an excellent washed up father. The Hungarian director George Cukor brings a delightful middle European feel to the film. There's still a lot to enjoy in this film, even if it didn't make a lot of money.